Tyler Kohler Named Alternate for Fulbright Award

May 22, 2015

Ten University of Colorado Boulder graduate students or alumni have been offered Fulbright grants to pursue teaching, research and graduate studies abroad during the 2015-16 academic year. In addition, one CU-Boulder doctoral student has been named an alternate. Candidates with alternate status are offered awards if additional funding becomes available through the Fulbright program. The 2015 CU-Boulder Fulbright recipients and their destination countries are: Alexa Almeida, Argentina; Kaitlin Fertaly, Armenia; Eric Lovell, Tanzania; Jessica Luna, Burkina Faso; Richard Mapes, Israel; Roya Mirhossaini, Turkey; Caitlin Ryan, Kyrgyz Republic; Matthieu Talpe, Germany; and Kelsey Thibdeau, Jordan. Alumna Lisa Powers received a Fulbright... Read more »

New study links stratosphere, La Niña and surface air quality

May 22, 2015

Findings will help experts forecast bad ozone days over the U.S. West New research reveals a strong connection between high ozone days in the U.S. West during late spring, the stratosphere, and La Niña, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that affects global weather patterns. Following a La Nina winter, ozone-rich air is more likely to descend from the stratosphere and reach the surface in western U.S. communities at higher elevations, according to the new study led by Meiyun Lin (of NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and NOAA’s cooperative institute at Princeton University). Co-authors of the study, published May 12 in Nature Communications... Read more »

Krizek named first cycling professor

May 21, 2015

Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of Transport in the Programs of Environmental Design and Environment Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been appointed as the visiting professor of “Cycling in Changing Urban Regions” at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is reputed for its cycling culture and Krizek will offer his expertise and an outside perspective on the country’s transportation issues to create new research programs. When asked what Radboud University hopes to learn from Krizek, Karel Martens, a faculty member in traffic planning replied, "A great deal, but one of the things is seeing what effect the... Read more »

Luminous ID alpine plant field guide launched through ENVS, INSTAAR, and Computer Science collaboration

May 14, 2015

After a year long collaborative project with Computer Science undergraduate students and postdoc Jane Smith from INSTAAR, ENVS PhD student Nathalie Chardon recently launched the Luminous ID app. This app serves as an alpine plant field guide, and can recognize the alpine cushion plant Silene acaulis . The field guide currently consists of forbs occurring on Niwot Ridge at CU's Mountain Research Station, and the filtering function allows users to quickly narrow down a list of possible species. The identification algorithm encoded within the app immediately tells users if they've taken a picture of S. acaulis , and this information... Read more »

Maxwell Boykoff: Leveraging media, social sciences, humanities in climate change debate

May 5, 2015

By Maxwell Boykoff Special to the Daily Camera The state of scientific evidence of human-induced climate change is strong (see Jim White's Feb 22 piece ). This is bolstered by consensus statements from just about every relevant collection of experts across the globe. So why can't we all just "do the right thing" and protect the climate from us (mitigation) while protecting us from the climate (adaptation)? To find the answer, there has been a tendency to stick to the natural sciences and hope that the physical evidence the climate is warming will drive forward decision-making at the individual and... Read more »

Lisa Dilling: Community involvement critical to adaptation, managing climate change risks

May 5, 2015

By Lisa Dilling Special to the Daily Camera For more than a decade, I've been studying how the knowledge we gain through research can be more useful to decision makers. Trained as a biologist but drawn to understanding how people make decisions, I conduct research at the intersection between science and policy. I've been particularly interested in how land and water managers are responding to the challenge of climate change. Our climate is changing, and people around the world are beginning to notice impacts. Birders have remarked how chicks are hatching earlier and earlier in the year, sometimes even missing... Read more »

Mountains warming faster than expected as climate changes, scientists report

April 27, 2015

An international team of scientists is calling for urgent and rigorous monitoring of temperature patterns in mountain regions after compiling evidence that high elevations could be warming faster than previously thought. Without substantially better information, people risk underestimating the severity of a number of already looming environmental challenges, including water shortages and the possible extinction of some alpine flora and fauna, according to the research team, which includes Henry Diaz and Imtiaz Rangwala from CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Both researchers are part of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory. NOAA... Read more »

2015 Distinguished Research Lecturer recipients named

April 20, 2015

The Offices of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Dean of the Graduate School are pleased to extend congratulations to the three winners of the 2015 Distinguished Research Lecturer. The selection committee, which comprised nine previous Distinguished Research Lecturers and two senior campus administrators holding faculty appointments, were unanimous in their decision to award three 2015 Distinguished Research Lectureships this year. The Distinguished Research Lectureship is among the highest honors bestowed by the faculty on a fellow faculty member at CU-Boulder. This year's winners are Zoya Popovic from the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Diane McKnight from... Read more »

CU Boulder students awarded 2015 Colorado Environmental Management Society Scholarships

April 14, 2015

Each year, the Colorado Enrvironmental Management Society provides three scholarships for collegiate candidates with studies focused in the environmental science, engineering, or law arenas. In 2015, CEMS is pleased to announce we were able to award four scholarships to deserving students! The annual scholarship coordination, including development and distribution of the scholarship application, is lead by the Scholarship Committee. Typically, the annual scholarship application is distributed in late November and applications are due in February of the following year. The applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and recommendations on scholarship awards are presented to the Board for approval in... Read more »

Climate change fatigue or journalistic failure?

April 10, 2015

By Doug Craig Marc Beauchamp sent me this piece from the BBC. The question in the title of a recent BBC piece made me sad: “Are we tired of talking about climate change?” And by “we,” the BBC means the media companies that decides what is worthy of news coverage. And yes the media is tired of talking about climate change. One of my heroes, Max Boykoff, tells how bad it is. Between 2009 and 2014, news coverage of climate change dropped “36% globally; 26% in the US; and as much as 55% in the UK.” Boykoff said, “Within the... Read more »