CU-Boulder taking summer classes, cultural programming to south Denver

March 30, 2015

CU to offer undergrad classes, MBA program at donated Liniger Building in Parker By Sarah Kuta Boulder Daily Camera Staff Writer The University of Colorado's Boulder campus is taking several core undergraduate courses south of Denver this summer, a move that's expected to help students living in Arapahoe and Douglas counties catch up or get ahead on their degree progress while living at home. Starting this summer, students can enroll in several CU-Boulder summer session courses at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver , a $40 million facility in Parker donated to the CU system last fall by Dave... Read more »

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

March 25, 2015

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction, and the associated equipment has become a familiar sight on any cross-country road trip or flight. But while one focus is on what comes out of the ground, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) researchers and their colleagues are studying what escapes to the air—and how it is transformed in the atmosphere and affects air quality and climate. The scientists are using a suite of state-of-the-art... Read more »

Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean

March 25, 2015

A University of Colorado Boulder study shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton -- tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web – appears to be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification caused by climate change. According to the study authors, the single-celled organism under study is a type of “calcifying” plankton called a coccolithophore, which makes energy from sunlight and builds microscopic calcium carbonate shells, or plates, to produce a chalky suit of armor. The researchers used satellites tuned to observe the amount of calcium carbonate present in the surface of the Southern Ocean produced by... Read more »

Study: Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn

March 24, 2015

Western U.S. forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings by the University of Colorado Boulder that fly in the face of both public perception and policy. The CU-Boulder study authors looked at the three peak years of Western wildfires since 2002, using maps produced by federal land management agencies. The researchers superimposed maps of areas burned in the West in 2006, 2007 and 2012 on maps of areas identified as infested by mountain pine beetles. The area of forests burned during those three years... Read more »

CU-Boulder offering students path to finishing degree in 3 years

March 24, 2015

By Sarah Kuta Staff Writer , Boulder Daily Camera The University of Colorado is launching a new initiative for cost-conscious and decisive undergraduate students who want to finish their degree in three years. Traditionally, students and parents have thought of college as a four-year experience, but that doesn't always need to be the case, said Michael Grant, CU-Boulder vice provost and associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education. The goal of " Degree in Three " is to make students aware that it's possible to finish all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in three years, an effort that could save... Read more »

Limerick: Riding express bus from Denver to Boulder provides true convenience

March 18, 2015

By Patty Limerick In a long overdue tribute, I write in praise of bus drivers. In Boulder, the express bus to Denver stops four blocks from my house. To put this in another way, I walk four blocks to get to Denver's downtown, a state of affairs that stretches the powers of the adjective "convenient." Without a moment's complaint, the bus drivers relieve me of the burden of traffic and trouble on the Boulder-Denver Turnpike. While they cope with unpredictable and dangerous motorist behavior, I enjoy rare interludes of uninterrupted reading. In truth, when traffic is thick, it is impossible... Read more »

Inaugural 'Fresh Minds' event showcases graduate research

March 12, 2015

Join the CU-Boulder Graduate School for the premier of Fresh Minds: New Graduate Student Research on March 13, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Center for Irish and British Studies. This event showcases five-minute (or less) presentations from recipients of the Dean's Research Grants - some of CU-Boulder's top graduate students. A great event to learn more about what our graduate students are doing, as well as an opportunity to see how to present research clearly and concisely to the public. Participants include: Adriann Kroepsch Adrianne Kroepsch is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Studies program and a graduate instructor and research... Read more »

CU-Boulder researchers propose a novel mechanism to explain the region’s high elevation

March 11, 2015

No one really knows how the High Plains got so high. About 70 million years ago, eastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, western Kansas and western Nebraska were near sea level. Since then, the region has risen about 2 kilometers, leading to some head scratching at geology conferences. Now researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences ( CIRES ) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder have proposed a new way to explain the uplift: Water trapped deep below Earth’s crust may have flooded the lower crust, creating buoyancy and lift. The research appears... Read more »

Free online course from CU-Boulder tackles water issues in the American West

March 11, 2015

How has the scarcity of water in the American West resulted in so much controversy? A free online course offered beginning April 1 by experts at the University of Colorado Boulder will answer that question and take students on a virtual journey, following water as it makes its way from snow-capped peaks to the taps in the drier valleys across the Western United States. Water in the Western United States , CU-Boulder’s latest massive open online course, or MOOC, will unfold over four and a half weeks, allowing students the opportunity to explore the scientific, legal, political and cultural issues... Read more »

Fly-By: What the Latest Aerial Study of Methane Emissions Tells Us

March 5, 2015

Article in The Energy Collective By Mark Brownstein In the summer of 2013, researchers aboard a four-engine P-3 Orion aircraft – a variant of the plane used by the U.S. Navy to track submarines – flew over three of the nation’s biggest shale gas regions, taking measurements that would allow them to estimate the amount of methane leaking from the production fields below. The team from University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory published their findings this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres , adding new depth to... Read more »