Philip P. DiStefano
The "lazy days" of summer are nowhere to be found on campus. More than 7,700 students are enrolled in summer session and 2,500 are employed in work-study jobs. Hundreds more are engaged in experiential learning through undergraduate research, internships in our nation's capitol or stints with major media outlets gearing up for the election, to name a few examples.
Students are making their presence felt in other important ways, too. Seven University of Colorado students and recent alumni have earned prestigious Fulbright grants to study abroad. These academic diplomats travel to countries around the world tackling complex social and international topics of study. Since 1978, 125 CU-Boulder students have been selected for the program.
Boulder Daily Camera, June 6: "Fulbright scholarships dispatch CU-Boulder students around world"
It's with pride I report that twin sisters Sri and Sai Radhakrishnan were selected from 1,123 students nationwide for the distinguished Goldwater Scholarships, awarded to top students pursuing a career in math, science or engineering. The sophomore sisters are both chemical and biological engineering majors. They work with Engineers Without Borders and are part of the Engineering Honors Program and the Presidents Leadership Class.
This space garden prototype was developed by a team of CU-Boulder students for astronauts in deep space.
CU News Services, May 10: "Two CU students win prestigious national Goldwater scholarships"
It might seem like sci-fi to most of us, but it's serious business for a team of CU-Boulder students selected by NASA this month to help develop the next generation of space food, including robots growing fresh produce in a space garden. Students in graduate-level aerospace engineering courses will deliver an operating system to NASA by next summer.
Boulder Daily Camera, June 4: "CU-Boulder team to work on space food project"
CU-Boulder research supports economic development
CU-Boulder is unique in the state and region as a comprehensive research university. Research universities are job creators at the highest level. Through our research we create new companies that, in turn, require skilled employees. We also collaborate with the state to bring discovery and innovation into alliance with economic development and industry.
You can see this dynamic at work in five bioscience companies who, using technology created at CU-Boulder, were awarded commercialization grants this month by a state grant program. In addition, four CU-Boulder bioscience researchers also captured state grants to further develop promising technologies including next generation vaccines and drugs to protect against cardiac disease. Much of this work is being done by our BioFrontiers Institute in the recently opened Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, which is home to 600 interdisciplinary researchers in support of Colorado's growing bioscience industry.
Physics professors Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn led an international team that developed a table-top x-ray laser that promises advances in medicine and nanotechnology.
Discovery and innovation are not ethereal concepts. They are the result of on-the-ground work, often through years of research and experimentation to advance society in unprecedented ways. For example, this month we announced a tabletop X-ray laser that has eluded scientists for half a century. It was built by an international team led by CU researchers and it sets the stage for important advances in medicine, biology and nanotechnology.
Boulder Daily Camera, June 8: "CU-Boulder researchers use ultra-fast lasers to create tabletop X-ray device"
Other exciting work by CU researchers announced this month ranges from developing deep-space habitats for long-term space exploration to a study that is examining whether or not DNA determines exercise and health habits.
NASA, May 30, "NASA selects five universities for deep space habitats"
Law profesor Paul Ohm has been appointed to the Federal Trade Commission.
Law professor Paul Ohm's appointment this month to the Federal Trade Commission underscores CU-Boulder's national reputation in public policy issues. He will serve the FTC as its senior policy adviser for consumer protection and competition issues affecting the Internet and mobile markets. An expert on legal, technology and privacy issues, Professor Ohm is the fifth faculty member in four years to receive a White House or federal commission appointment.
Boulder Daily Camera, May 21: "CU-Boulder law prof Paul Ohm appointed to FTC adviser post"
CU-Boulder's presence is not only found in the halls of government at the local, state, national and international level, but in communities of faith around the world. Pope Benedict XVI recently appointed CU-Boulder graduate Bishop Samuel Aquila (Psych '72) as new Archbishop of Denver late last month.
ABC 7News, May 29: "Pope appoints new Archbishop of Denver"
Sustainability in sports
The new court sports practice facility earned the highest rating by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy sustainability.
We continue our national leadership in energy conservation and sustainability with the announcement this month that the new court sports practice facility attached to the Coors Events Center earned the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The campus now has 15 buildings in the council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.
Boulder Daily Camera, (BuffZone.com), May 30: "CU-Boulder's basketball, volleyball practice building gets top green rating"
Another CU national champion
Junior Shalaya Kipp leads the NCAA field to win the national championship in the steeplechase.
Congratulations to junior Shalaya Kipp for winning the national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and to senior Jessica Tebo for her third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this month. CU's tracksters are not only fleet of foot, but of mind as well. The team placed 19 athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic team this year.
In fact, the academic progress of our student athletes in all 16 intercollegiate sports is the best in school history—for the second consecutive year. This year's Academic Progress Rate report card for Division I schools was announced Wednesday by the NCAA. The system measures eligibility and retention of student-athletes, which are key to graduation.
Boulder Daily Camera, June 20: "CU Buffs receive high marks in APR; Record eight programs produce perfect scores in NCAA's system for monitoring eligibility and retention"
Outside the classroom, we will be watching with excitement as 16 past and current Buffs compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials beginning this week.
Golfers Emily Talley and Alex Stewart also made a splash by being named All-Americans by GolfWeek, the first two golfers in CU women's golf history to receive the honor from the publication.
In the classroom, the lab or the field of competition, Buffs are working to advance the economy, culture and health of Colorado and the nation.
Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder