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Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars: 105th Distinguished Research Lecture

The 105th Distinguished Research Lecture will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Cristol Chemistry 140 auditorium. The Distinguished Research Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member by the Graduate School. Its purpose is to honor and recognize an entire body of creative work and research.

This year’s recipient of the award, Dr. Owen Brian Toon, will present “Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars.” Dr. Toon was awarded the American Physical Society’s 1985 Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest for his work on nuclear winter. He studies radiative transfer, aerosol and cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry and parallels between the Earth and planets.

Internationally renowned artist Christo to speak at CU Oct. 17

Christo, an internationally renowned artist, will discuss "Over the River," which is a monumental artwork that involves suspending fabric panels above the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Chancellor's Corner: Join me for the Oct. 15 State of the Campus address

On Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, I will be presenting my fifth State of the Campus address to faculty, staff, students and the CU community.

This year marks my 40th academic year on the campus as a faculty member, dean and senior administrator, and this year my address will focus on this unprecedented time of change at the university, which I discussed earlier this year in this Chancellor’s Corner column: “Why change and innovation are the keys to our future.”

I will review where we are on the changes we discussed at the spring Town Hall meeting, and provide an overall progress report on the sixth anniversary of the unveiling of the campus’s innovative Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan

Doors open at 7 a.m. and refreshments are provided. The speech begins promptly at 8 a.m. Read more >>

Student life: Program Council connects students with music industry

CU-Boulder’s Program Council is hard at work scheduling a lineup of national and local bands, film screenings, comedy shows and other special events for 2013-14. In the process, the students and volunteers are learning career-making skills in how to run a professional production company.

Amadei to discuss science, technology and engineering in sustainable human development

Professor of Civil Engineering and founder of Engineers without Borders-USA, Bernard Amadei will discuss the intertwined roles of science, technology, and engineering necessary in sustainable human development. The issues of poverty, social justice, shelter, food security, and infrastructure development are only a few of the challenges that require multiple perspectives to develop innovative and sustainable solutions.

The talk will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Math 100, and will be followed by a Q&A.

Campus reports 84% satisfaction with OIT services

During the spring 2013 semester, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) distributed a campus-wide survey designed to identify client satisfaction levels and areas of improvement for OIT-provided services. The results of this survey are available for your review in the Summary of the Results & Highlights of Findings from the 2013 Annual Proactive Survey report located on the OIT website.

Satellite designed and built by CU-Boulder students now in orbit

DANDE has left the planet.

A beach ball-sized satellite designed and built by a team of CU-Boulder students is now whipping around the planet in a polar orbit. Roughly 150 students have been involved in the project since 2007.

The satellite, known as the Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer satellite, or DANDE, will investigate how atmospheric drag can affect satellite orbits.

Charleston Southern University scheduled to replace Sept. 14 Fresno State football game

The University of Colorado has secured Charleston Southern University as the opponent to replace the Sept. 14 Fresno State football game which was postponed due to the record rainfall and subsequent flooding in Boulder, CU athletic director Rick George announced Monday. The game has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19; the kickoff time will be determined once the Pac-12 Conference sets the television schedule for that day next Monday.

CU, MIT breakthrough in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore’s Law—to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones.

Climate change, through the language of the arts

When the conversation turns to global warming, many Americans are inclined to turn away. And why not?

After all, it’s a vast and complicated subject. Truly understanding it seems to require specialized knowledge most people don’t possess. And perhaps most notably, it’s become such a hot-button political issue that it easily inflames passions.

The trick is figuring out how to reach people without turning them off.

Using the arts to inspire an emotional connection to and a deeper understanding of a difficult subject is the idea behind a series of events at CU-Boulder Oct. 1-6.


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