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Insect eye-inspired camera captures wide view with no distortion

When praying mantises, dragonflies, ants and other insects peer out at the world, their bulging, compound eyes allow them to see an incredibly wide field of view with an almost infinite depth of field.

Imitating the functionality of an insect eye — which is really a collection of many tinier eyes, known as ommatidia — in a camera has been a long sought-after goal for engineers. Now, camera lenses with wide fields of view, such as fisheye lenses, create distortion around the edges of the image.

An era of vision and change

During the course of his two decades as dean of the College of Music, Daniel Sher has been instrumental in far-reaching accomplishments at the college. Now he is preparing for a new challenge. Sher will step down as dean at the end of the 2013 spring semester but will continue as a member of the faculty.

Spring 2013 Midnight Breakfast Monday, May 6

Come take a break from the stresses of finals week and refuel with a free breakfast in the UMC. The breakfast will be served at 11:59 p.m. in the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill. Everything is free for CU students and all students are welcome.

CU Athletics honors its academic best

Over three dozen University of Colorado student-athletes, including 15 with perfect 4.00 grade point averages last year, were honored for a variety of outstanding academic accomplishments Tuesday morning at the 21st Annual Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Banquet.

A Sher thing: Students, faculty will fete outgoing music dean

After 20 years as dean of the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, Daniel P. Sher will step away from the post in June — but he isn’t going quietly. First, student musicians at the college will dedicate their performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver on May 1 to the outgoing dean. The celebration will continue May 2 with a free, public musical fete by faculty performers at Macky Auditorium, including world premiere performances of “Sher’s Originals,” penned by faculty composers.

CU-Boulder prof works to shrink error margins in U.S. census data

A person searching through the massive expanse of data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in search of details about a specific neighborhood may increasingly find statistics with colossal margins of error, such as an average income of $50,000 plus or minus $50,000.

A geographer at the University of Colorado Boulder, one of eight nodes of the National Science Foundation’s newly created Census Research Network, has been granted a five-year $1.4 million grant to see if he can change that.

CU-Boulder continues a rich jazz tradition

Jazz is flourishing on the CU-Boulder campus where big band pioneer Glenn Miller attended school in the 1920s and where today’s music students are making recordings that earn national attention.

Since 1996, when the Jazz Studies Program was formally established at CU-Boulder, the program has been distinguishing itself as a place where future generations of jazz masters are being trained and where community appreciation for jazz is advanced year round.

CU Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth is 2013 Hazel Barnes Prize winner

Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth of the University of Colorado Boulder’s chemical and biological engineering department has been selected to receive the 2013 Hazel Barnes Prize, the highest faculty recognition for teaching and research awarded by the university.

Academic advising: What's in it for me?

With the end of the semester and final exams right around the corner, it is a great time to think about how you can enhance your academic experience over the summer and to touch base with your academic advisor about your plans for next fall. Your advisor can help guide you toward courses, internships, research opportunities and much, much more.

Climate zones will shift faster as climate warms, new study finds

As the planet warms, Earth’s climate zones are shifting at an accelerating pace, says a new study led by a scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint venture between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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