McGrath named RASEI director

July 30, 2015

Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture and Dana Christensen, deputy laboratory director for Science & Technology at the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert McGrath, PhD, as the new director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), beginning July 6, 2015. McGrath’s appointment follows that of Professor William Lewis, who recently stepped down as interim director of RASEI after having served in that position for nearly two years. McGrath recently served as senior vice president for Research at Georgia Tech, and he has previously served as deputy laboratory director for... Read more »

CU-Boulder's new recycling facility up and running

July 23, 2015

Campus working toward goal of 90 percent diversion rate By Sarah Kuta Boulder Daily Camera Staff Writer Wearing work gloves, Christian Rivas sorts through a pile of books, white paper and other materials on a long black conveyor belt. When the large blue "tip cart" at the end of the conveyor belt is full, Rivas wheels it over to a rectangular hole in the floor and tips it. A loud whoosh — the sound of hundreds of pages of white office paper falling into a roll-off dumpster one floor below — fills the space Wednesday, accompanying the edgy alternative music... Read more »

Former postdoc returns to INSTAAR as biogeochemistry professor, researcher

July 22, 2015

A familiar face is back at INSTAAR. Eve-Lyn Hinckley , who was a postdoctoral fellow at INSTAAR from 2009 to 2011, has returned to CU as an assistant professor for INSTAAR and the Environmental Studies program. “It’s a great community of researchers,” Hinckley said of INSTAAR. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of it in the past and it’s been great to come back.” Hinckley, a biogeochemist, will teach three courses annually in addition to her research. One of the courses, which she co-taught at Stanford while completing her PhD, will focus on ecosystems science field work, a new offering for... Read more »

Limerick: National Park Service saves more than history (it saved me)

July 22, 2015

The Denver Post Opinion Columnists By Patty Limerick Search and Rescue employee Fred Mason takes the blood pressure of Patty Limerick during a hike in up Mount Dorr in Acadia national Park in Maine. (Courtesy Patty Limerick) Returning from my summer vacation, I carried home happy memories and valuable lessons. And yet, if we had to choose a movie title to characterize my vacation, "There Will Be Blood" would be the obvious choice. To residents of toastier parts of the nation, the Maine coast promises the relief of cool summer temperatures. On July 6, the weather broke that promise, and... Read more »

Indoor air quality to be tested in low-income, energy retrofitted Denver area homes

July 22, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Colorado Boulder $1 million to evaluate the impacts of climate change, including increased wildfires, on indoor air quality and health in low-income Denver area neighborhoods. A team of faculty and students will evaluate the effects of weatherization programs, including changes in respiratory health that may be tied to indoor air pollution created by wildfires, said CU-Boulder Professor Shelly Miller, principal investigator on the project. Studies have shown that as temperatures in Colorado and the West rise from manmade, heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and drought conditions continue, wildfires will... Read more »

CU-Boulder climbs in global academic rankings

July 22, 2015

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) today announced that the University of Colorado Boulder climbed to No. 54 from No. 63 in its annual rankings list. CU-Boulder is among the more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year’s CWUR list, which will be published today at . “At CU-Boulder we are very proud to serve our state as a true center of global excellence. This and a good many other rankings confirm that,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “Behind the CWUR ranking, though, is a greater story: a dedicated campus community devoted to... Read more »

5 ways nanotechnology can tackle climate change

July 21, 2015

World Economic Forum Article By Joost Reek and Markus Antonietti Jul 15 2015 This post is part of a series examining the connections between nanotechnology and the top 10 trends facing the world, as described in the Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 . All authors are members of the Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology . In an article for the World Economic Forum, Lewis Gilbert , CEO of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, concluded that CO 2 levels in the atmosphere, as quantified by the Keeling Curve of the Maona Loa observatorium data, are... Read more »

5 Reasons to Join the Locavore Movement

July 15, 2015

HUFFPOST HEALTHY LIVING Dr. Veronica Anderson Medical Doctor, Medical Intutive, Homeopath, Wellness Coac You may have heard people referring to themselves as locavores. You may even be considering joining the locavore movement yourself. Locavores are people who eat only locally-grown produce and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources. Spending your money on locally-sourced foods has many benefits, including keeping resources within your community's economy, helping the environment, and reducing your carbon footprint. As a bonus, consuming locally-sourced food has health and wellness benefits. Here are five reasons why making the switch to a... Read more »

Stratospheric accomplice for Santa Ana winds and California wildfires

July 15, 2015

Joint release of CIRES, the University of Colorado Boulder and the American Geophysical Union Southern Californians and writers love to blame the hot, dry Santa Ana winds for tense, ugly moods, and the winds have long been associated with destructive wildfires. Now, NOAA researchers have found that on occasion, the winds have an accomplice with respect to fires, at least: Natural atmospheric events known as stratospheric intrusions, which bring extremely dry air from the upper atmosphere down to the surface, adding to the fire danger effects of the Santa Anas, and exacerbating some air pollution episodes. The findings suggest that... Read more »

Pac-12 joins Green Sports Alliance

July 2, 2015

Following the leadership of its member institutions, the Pac-12 Conference officially joined the Green Sports Alliance . The Pac-12 is the first collegiate sports conference to count all its members as participants in the Green Sports Alliance. As a member of the Green Sports Alliance, the Pac-12 Conference and its participants commit to measuring their environmental performance and developing strategies to reduce their ecological footprint. From zero-waste stadiums, to solar powered arenas, to robust student-led green teams, Pac-12 universities are leaders in college sports greening. CU-Boulder represents the first major collegiate sports program in the U.S. to undertake such a... Read more »