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Colorado business leaders’ expectations healthy but slowing

June 30, 2016                                                          Richard Wobbekind

A slowdown in economic growth this past year has Colorado business leaders less optimistic heading into the third quarter of 2016, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index released today by CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Economist Richard Wobbekind says concerns about continued low energy prices and a slowdown in job growth are behind this downward trend.

Presidential election 2016 update: Unprecedented and unusual.

June 17, 2016                                              Ken Bickers

It’s still one month away from the Republican Convention and yet the Democrats are ramping up their attacks on Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump with a two-pronged attack that seems to be working. Ken Bickers, a political science professor at CU-Boulder, says the “tag-team” tactic of Hillary Clinton and President Barrack Obama, though effective for now, is very unprecedented.

Whether you like her or not Clinton is having an impact

June 9, 2016                                        Celeste Montoya

For Celeste Montoya, a political science professor who teaches gender politics at CU-Boulder, the impact of Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman in U.S. history to be the presumptive nominee for a major political party was immediately played out Tuesday night as she watched her daughter wave an American flag and proclaim she, too, will one day run for president.

A close, neighborly visit from Mars

May 27, 2016            Matt Benjamin

Come Memorial Day our neighbor planet Mars will only be 47 million miles from Earth - the closest it’s been to our planet in 11 years. Granted, that’s still far away but sometimes Mars is almost 250 million miles from Earth. Being this close to Earth is due to a unique set of circumstances, says Matt Benjamin, education programs manager at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium.

Narcotic painkillers prolong pain, CU-Boulder study finds

May 30, 2016                                    Peter Grace

As paradoxical as this may sound, a new CU-Boulder study reveals that opioids like morphine have now been shown to cause an increase in chronic pain in lab rats, findings that could have far-reaching implications for humans, says researcher Peter Grace. He says that just a few days of morphine treatment caused chronic pain that went on for several months by exacerbating the release of pain signals from specific immune cells in the spinal cord. 

Common, abundant bacteria may hold key to treating stress disorders

May 16, 2016                                                            Christopher Lowry

It lives in dirt and it’s good for you, so says CU-Boulder researcher Christopher Lowry who is lead author of a study showing that a common and abundant bacteria found in soil can boost the immune system to help fight stress and inflammation.

Hillary and Donald in the lead but not very popular with voters

April 27, 2016                                               Ken Bickers

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are getting closer to winning enough delegates to garner their party’s nomination for president after yesterday’s “Super Tuesday” primary victories. But while the victories put both candidates solidly in the lead what CU-Boulder political science expert Ken Bickers doesn’t understand is how they are doing it when they have the lowest approval ratings of any presidential candidate in modern times.

William Shakespeare: 400 years later

April 22, 2016                                   Katherine Eggert

To be or not to be considered the greatest English speaking writer is a question that has been asked about William Shakespeare for hundreds of years and one that is still being asked on the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23. But for those who have studied the “Bard” the answer is simple, says Katherine Eggert (A-Gert), an English professor and Shakespeare expert at CU-Boulder.

But you don’t look like a scientist

April 7, 2016             Sarah Banchefsky

For decades much has been written that many people - regardless of gender – believe that femininity in woman is seen as incompatible with being a scientist. Now two new CU-Boulder studies confirm that there is a bias as to whether an attractive, feminine looking woman can be taken seriously as a scientist, says Sarah Banchefsky, a research associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Colorado business confidence holds steady heading into second quarter of 2016, says CU-Boulder index

March 31, 2016                                                                   Richard Wobbekind

Colorado business leaders are still optimistic entering the second quarter of 2016, but that optimism is projected to slightly dip ahead of the third quarter of the year, according to a CU-Boulder report.

Released today, the Leeds Business Confidence Index shows the same level of optimism now as was recorded at the start of the first quarter with an overall reading of 55.4. Meanwhile, a decrease in confidence is expected ahead of the third quarter of 2016, says economist Richard Wobbekind (WAH-be-kin).

Teen caffeine use may heighten anxiety-disorder risk

March 23, 2016                                Ryan Bachtell

Anyone who drinks coffee has most likely felt the jitters from too much caffeine but now a new CU-Boulder study suggests consumption of highly-caffeinated drinks by adolescents puts them at risk for more than just the jitters.

The study, using rats, indicates that teenagers or children who consume caffeine could have tendencies toward anxiety-disorders later in life because the caffeine is interfering with the development of the adolescent brain, says Ryan Bachtell, a professor of psychology and neuroscience.

Feeling lucky? The odds behind a picking a perfect NCAA bracket

March 16, 2016                                Mark Ablowitz

For the millions out there readying to fill out their 2016 NCAA basketball tournament brackets for your office pools in hopes of picking every winner, good luck. You’ll need it.

What are the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket, picking all 63 games correctly? According to University of Colorado Boulder Professor Mark Ablowitz, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, they are breathtaking.

Why Republicans and independents are voting for Trump

March 8                                             Ken Bickers

As Donald Trump continues to rack up primary wins and has a solid lead in two new polls of Michigan Republicans leading into today’s primary there, a few of the questions the Republican establishment and rivals are asking is who is voting for him and why? Ken Bickers, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, thinks he has the answer.

Deforestation impacts temperature and ecosystems says CU-Boulder study

Feb. 23, 2016                                               Kika Tuff       

Clearing forest impacts more than just the deforested area, according to new research from CU-Boulder.

That’s because the edges of deforested areas are highly susceptible to drastic temperature changes, leading to hotter, drier and more variable conditions for the forest acreage that remains, says Kika Tuff, lead author of the new paper.

From a week to a month – Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson

Feb. 5, 2016              Reiland Rabaka

90-years ago Carter G. Woodson - an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History – designated the second week in February “Negro History Week,” considered a precursor to Black History Month.

He did this, says Reiland Rabaka, a professor of African, African-American and Caribbean Studies at CU-Boulder, to bring attention to the contributions African-Americans made to American history that Woodson believed were overlooked and ignored by writers of history textbooks and the teachers who used them.

Holistic therapy more effective against postpartum depression than conventional therapy

Jan. 14, 2016                                                                       Sona Dimidjian

A new study led by CU-Boulder has found that holistic therapy, instead of conventional techniques that include antidepressants, is more effective at helping postpartum women at risk of depression. The study, led by Sona Dimidjian, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the university, found that pregnant and postpartum women at risk of depression are significantly less likely to suffer depression when they practice mindfulness techniques during pregnancy.

Colorado business leaders’ confidence up heading into 2016

Jan. 5, 2016                                      Richard Wobbekind

After a small dip last quarter, the optimism of Colorado business leaders grew modestly for the start of 2016, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index released today by CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

The overall first-quarter reading is up 2 points from last quarter, an indication business leaders believe the state and national economies are strong, says economist Richard Wobbekind (WAH-be-kin).

CU-Boulder researchers discover optimal range of slopes for extreme uphill running

Dec. 16, 2015                                                              Rodger Kram

Racing on foot uphill on steep inclines is never easy, but researchers at CU-Boulder have discovered a range of slope angles that actually erase the advantages of running versus walking while ascending at a constant speed, says Rodger Kram, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and a co-author of the study.


Microbial communities could be new tool for forensic science

Dec. 10, 2015                                    Jessica Metcalf

There’s a new and versatile tool for forensic scientists to help estimate time of death of humans. In a joint study, researchers from CU-Boulder and UC-San Diego discovered that unique microbial communities present on the human body during decomposition look to be a reliable “clock,” says CU-Boulder’s Jessica Metcalf, co-leader of the study.

Colorado’s economy continues to expand in 2016, says CU-Boulder’s Leeds School

Dec. 7, 2015                                                  Richard Wobbekind

Colorado employment will continue to expand in 2016, adding a variety of jobs in almost every business sector, but at a slower pace than in the previous two years, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Wobbekind’s announcement is part of the 51st annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum being presented today by the Leeds School of Business.

The comprehensive outlook report for 2016 features forecasts and trends for 13 business sectors prepared by more than 100 key business, government and industry professionals.

Richard Wobbekind (WAH-ba-Kin) comments about the jobs outlook for 2016 and other economic sectors and regions of Colorado.

CU-Boulder student-built miniature satellite to study solar flares launched into orbit

Dec. 3, 2015                                                  Colden Rouleau/ Scott Palo                     

A NASA-funded miniature satellite built by CU-Boulder students will launch this afternoon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the start of a six-month-long mission to study solar flares and the powerful X-rays emitted by the sun.

Called the Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer, or MinXSS, it will help shed light on how powerful solar flares impact the Earth’s atmosphere, an effect known as space weather, says graduate student Colden Rouleau (RUE-low).

Music for a runner’s ear

Nov. 20, 2015                       Annaka Price

For Annaka Price the ideal cadence for running is 180 steps per minute and to make sure she stays at that pace she’s creating unique music to help her stay in step. Price, who is studying for a doctorate of musical arts and also is a teaching assistant at CU-Boulder’s School of Music, arrived at that cadence number after injuring herself training for a marathon.  

Fireballs in the sky? Maybe!

Nov. 5, 2015                         Matt Benjamin

The last of the bright celestial events for the calendar year will peak beginning tonight through Nov. 12. It’s the Taurid Meteor Shower and while you won’t see a lot of meteors– up to 20 per hour under ideal dark-sky conditions– what you might see is a really bright fireball, the kind that can light up the night sky in an instant, says Matt Benjamin, a planetary scientist and education program manager at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium.

Halloween Secrets

Oct. 29, 2015             Scott Bruce

Just what are the origins of Halloween? Some say it’s derived from the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (SAH-win). Others say it‘s more closely connected to the night before All Saints’ Day celebrated by Catholics since the 7th century.

According to Scott Bruce, associate professor of history at CU-Boulder, the truth can be found in all of the above.

Belief in climate change not linked to wildfire mitigation actions, CU-Boulder researchers find


Oct. 13, 2015                                                            Hannah Brenkert-Smith

A new study by CU-Boulder and the U.S. Forest found that people who believe that climate change is increasing the risk of devastating wildfires in Colorado are no more likely to take mitigation actions to protect their property, says Hannah Brenkert-Smith, lead author of the study.

Colorado business confidence notches downward for fourth quarter

Oct. 1, 2015                                                              Richard Wobbekind

For the second quarter in a row the confidence of Colorado business leaders has dipped slightly, but remains in positive territory heading into the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index released today by CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Economist Richard Wobbekind says concerns about market volatility are behind this downward trend.

It’s a “Supermoon” eclipse and it’s coming your way!

Sept. 25, 2015                                  Doug Duncan

Look! Up in the sky it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a “supermoon” and it’s disappearing. That’s because late Sunday evening for the first time in 32 years a “supermoon” a moon that appears larger due to its close orbit to the Earth, and a total lunar eclipse are happening at the same time. But don’t worry about missing it, says Doug Duncan, a CU-Boulder astrophysicist and director of the Fiske Planetarium on campus.

CU-Boulder study: Caffeine before bedtime disruptive to biological sleep clock

Sept. 16, 2015                                              Kenneth Wright

It’s no secret that slugging down coffee and other caffeinated drinks at night can disrupt sleep. But a new CU-Boulder study shows for the first time that evening caffeine delays our internal clock that tells us when to get ready for sleep and when to awaken, says Professor Ken Wright, who co-led the study.

CU study finds historic 2013 storm washed out up to 1,000 years of erosion

Sept. 10, 2015                                              Suzanne Anderson

That historic September 2013 storm that triggered widespread flooding across Colorado’s Front Range also eroded the equivalent of hundreds and possibly a 1,000 years worth of sediment, according to a new CU-Boulder study. For Suzanne Anderson, a geography professor and co-author of the study, the findings are awe-inspiring.

What’s the deal? CU-Boulder political science expert on Iran nuclear agreement

CU-Boulder Prof Sept. 4, 2015                                                                Ken Bickers

Just when it was looking bleak for President Obama to get enough Senate Democrat support for the Iran nuclear agreement four senators threw their support behind the pact this week giving the president 37 - more than enough votes to sustain a threatened veto of any congressional vote of disapproval. Surprised by the sudden surge of support? Not CU-Boulder political science Professor Ken Bickers.

Home sweet microbe: House dust can predict where you live, gender of occupants

Aug. 26, 2015                                                 Noah Fierer

The dust collecting in your average American household harbors a menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers from CU-Boulder and North Carolina State University have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic region of a given home, but how many men and women live there and the presence of a pet as well, says CU-Boulder researcher Noah Fierer (Fear).

CU-Boulder Study – low oil prices, less oil production equals less tax revenue

Aug. 21, 2015                                                Brian Lewandowski

A new CU-Boulder study on oil and natural gas production in Colorado shows that low prices combined with other factors is having a negative impact on the industry, says Brian Lewandowski, associate director of the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business. He says the number of drilling rigs has dropped by half since last year, resulting in less oil and natural gas production.

The legacy of the Beatles at Shea Stadium – 50 years later

Aug. 14, 2015                                    Mike Barnett

Fifty years ago on Aug. 15, a rock and roll youth movement revolution took place. The Beatles played in front of over 55,000 screaming fans at Shea Stadium – an unprecedented event that ushered in the modern rock era, says Mike Barnett, an instructor at CU-Boulder’s School of Music.

CU-Boulder expert says “Impressive” Perseid meteor shower to peak next week

Aug. 7, 2015                                                   Matt Benjamin

It’s August and that means the hottest show in the night sky, the Perseid meteor shower, will make it annual appearance – peaking in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 11 to 14. And because the moon is in its waning phase, this year’s meteor shower should be outstanding, says Matt Benjamin, a planetary scientist and education program manager at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium.

Stunning “Blue Moon” expected to shine brightly Friday night

July 30, 2015                                                            Matt Benjamin

It’s called a “Blue Moon” and Friday evening at dusk if you look to the eastern horizon you’ll get to see one as it rises into the night sky. And what is a blue moon you might ask? It’s not because it’s blue. It’s a term used to describe a second full moon in one calendar month. The first one happened July 2. And it’s something that doesn’t happen very often, says Matt Benjamin, education programs manager at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium.

Continued business growth anticipated for Colorado in upcoming quarters

July 24, 2015                                                Brian Lewandowski

Colorado’s economy just seems to get stronger as the year goes on. The latest data shows that there were over 26,000 new business filings in the state during the second quarter of 2015, according to a University of Colorado Boulder report released today by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

And new filings usually translate into more jobs, says CU-Boulder economist Brian Lewandowski.

Colorado economy continues to outdo nation in GDP

July 16,                                    Richard Wobbekind

Colorado’s economy continues to outperform the nation in gross domestic product, or GDP - growing by 4.7 percent in 2014 compared to 2.2 percent growth nationally, according to a report from CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Leeds economist Richard Wobbekind (Wah-bah-kin) says Colorado is very strong in most sectors.

CU-Boulder student who worked on instrument aboard New Horizons anxious for spacecraft to reach Pluto

July 13, 2015                                                             Beth Cervelli

When the New Horizons spacecraft encounters Pluto early tomorrow morning several CU-Boulder alumni will realize a decade full of dreams and no one more so than Beth Cervelli.

Cervelli, who is a flight software engineer at CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, or LASP, is one of a number of CU-Boulder students who more than a decade ago built the Student Dust Collector instrument aboard New Horizons.

Colorado business confidence slightly down but positive for third quarter

July 1, 2015                                                  Richard Wobbekind

The confidence of Colorado business leaders dipped slightly though remained positive going into the third quarter of 2015, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Still, expectations measured positive for all of the metrics within the index, which include the national economy, state economy, industry sales, industry profits, capital expenditures and hiring plans, says CU-Boulder economist Richard Wobbekind.

New study identifies organic compounds of potential concern in fracking fluids

June 30, 2015                                                                      Joseph Ryan

A new University of Colorado Boulder study that looked at hundreds of organic chemical compounds found in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that 15 may be of concern as groundwater contaminants based on their toxicity, mobility, persistence and frequency of use.

Using a new groundwater fast track framework scenario for tracking compounds in groundwater, the team is able to predict which chemicals would have 10 percent or more of their initial concentrations remaining after moving roughly 300 feet through an aquifer, says CU-Boulder Professor Joseph Ryan, lead author in the study.

Behind the history of American patriotic songs

June 26, 2015                                  Tom Riis

It’s that time a year when patriotic songs and the sound of fireworks exploding in the night sky will fill the air with pride as Americans celebrate Independence Day. But did you know that many of the patriotic songs that glorify America’s past have their roots in English tradition? That’s right. Tom Riis (Reece), professor of Musicology at CU-Boulder’s College of Music, explains.

CU law prof comments on today’s high court ruling on Obamacare

June 25, 2015                                                                      Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart, associate professor and director of the Byron R. White Center for The Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado Law School, comments on today’s United States Supreme Court ruling on the King v. Burwell case that challenged the legality of the Affordable Care Act. The key question in the case centered on whether the federal government had the ability to provide subsidies to help low-income Americans buy health insurance.

U.S. mid-continent earthquakes linked to high-rate injection wells

June 18, 2015                                                          Matthew Weingarten

Fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development are the cause of a dramatic increase in earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. since 2009, including several damaging quakes ranging between magnitudes 4.7 and 5.6 in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Extreme weather events connected to climate change? Some scientists think so.

May 29, 2013                                                                       Jim White

Recent heavy rains in Texas and the deadly heat wave in India are indicators that climate change, brought on by increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, is most likely enhancing the effects of these extreme weather events, says climatologist Jim White, director of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

Colorado’s biggest storms can happen anytime, CU-Boulder-NOAA study finds

5/20/2015                                                                 Kelly Mahoney

People tend to think of weather in terms of seasons being drier or wetter than others, but according to a new study extreme precipitation events of rain, hail or snow can happen anywhere and anytime of the year in Colorado, says atmospheric scientist Kelly Mahoney, lead author of the study.

2015 college graduates looking at best job market in years

May 8, 2015                                      Jon Schlesinger

It’s graduation time for colleges and universities around the country and for those grads hitting the job market there’s good news. That’s because the job market is healthy and strong across the board, says Jon Schlesinger from CU-Boulder’s Office of Career Services.

Spacecraft with CU-Boulder instrument to crash into Mercury

April 30, 2015                                               Greg Holsclaw

When NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft runs out of fuel and crashes into Mercury today at around 1:30 p.m. mountain time, CU-Boulder planetary scientist Greg Holsclaw will not only be thinking about how wildly successful the mission has been, but that he’s experienced it firsthand from the very beginning.

Hubble Space Telescope – 25 years and still discovering

April 24, 2015                                   Michael Shull

25 years ago today that shiny, bus-sized silver tube we call the Hubble Space Telescope was put into orbit 340 miles above Earth. And ever since it has dazzled us with breathtaking pictures of nebulae, stars and galaxies and much more, says Michael Shull, an astrophysicist at CU-Boulder.

What if President Abraham Lincoln had lived?

April 15, 2015                       Peter Wood

150 years ago today President Abraham Lincoln died from an assassin’s bullet and the question remains.

If Lincoln had not been assassinated would he have been able to successfully reconstruct the South, reunite the country and prevent the Jim Crow laws that essentially replaced slavery in the South for another 100 years?

It’s a difficult question to answer, says Peter Wood, a CU-Boulder history instructor and Civil War expert, because post-war America was a very divided and racist country and it would have been a difficult environment - even for Lincoln in which to make progress.

Influence of Civil War 150 Years Later

April 9, 2015             Ralph Mann

150 years ago today, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, essentially ending the American Civil War and with it slavery.

Although the war ended, the impact of actions taken by the federal government during the war still influence America today, says Ralph Mann, CU-Boulder history professor emeritus.

Why April Fools’ Day humor - and even not-so-funny humor – works

March 31, 2015                                                 Peter McGraw                                  

It’s that silly hoax-filled day again when friends and family try to make fools out of each other. That’s right - April Fools’ Day - a day when even lousy pranks seem to be funny.

And there’s a reason for that, says Peter McGraw, an associate professor in marketing and psychology at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. It’s something he calls “benign violations.”

Colorado second-quarter business confidence remains positive, says CU-Boulder index

April 1, 2015                                                 Richard Wobbekind

Confidence among Colorado business leaders remains optimistic, increasing slightly going into the second quarter of 2015, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

The latest reading is a milestone, says CU-Boulder economist Richard Wobbekind, because during the past eight quarters confidence has been more stable than ever in the index’s 11-year history.

Presidential executive powers vs. Congress

March 27, 2015                    Harold Bruff

Recently 47 Republican senators threatened to overturn any accord made with Iran limiting their nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief -- even to the extent they sent a letter to Iran warning that Congress could void the agreement.

Their argument -- Pres. Barack Obama can’t use his executive powers to by-pass Congress when it comes to treaties or agreements with other nations.

On the contrary the president does have the right to use executive powers in these matters, says CU-Boulder law professor and constitutional law expert Harold Bruff, and he has history to back him up.

CU-Boulder study: Mountain pine beetles not to blame for extent of forest fires

March 23, 2015                                            Sarah Hart

            The widespread public belief that forests ravaged by the mountain pine beetle are at higher risk of fire is not true, according to a new study by CU-Boulder researchers.

             Sarah Hart, a researcher from CU-Boulder’s geography department, says the study found that forests killed by the mountain pine beetle are no more at risk to burn than healthy forests.

St. Patrick: Myths and legends

March 13, 2015        Patrick Tally

            He wasn’t even Irish and yet St. Patrick could be considered the most famous person from Ireland.

             St. Patrick was born in Britain. At 16 he was captured by Irish raiders and held as a slave. He escaped several years later, became a priest, returned to Ireland and, according to CU-Boulder historian Patrick Tally, dedicated his life to convert the Irish to Christianity.

Evidence suggests Yucatan hit by massive tsunami 1500 years ago

March 5, 2015                                                Larry Benson

            The eastern coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a mecca for tourists at plush resorts like Playa del Carmen and Cancun, may have been walloped by a massive tsunami some 1,500 years ago, according to a new study involving researchers from Mexico and CU-Boulder.

            The key evidence for the tsunami is a large, wedge-shaped berm about 15 feet above sea level paved with washing machine-sized stones stretching contiguously for at least 30 miles, says researcher Larry Benson, an adjunct curator of anthropology at CU’s Museum of Natural History.

CU-Boulder technology could make treatment and reuse of fracking wastewater cheaper, simpler

Feb. 24, 2015                       Casey Forrestal/Zhiyong Jason Ren

            Trying to treat the estimated 21 billion barrels of wastewater produced by oil and gas operations each year in the U.S. would be an expensive and time-intensive process.

            But CU-Boulder technology could change that.  University engineers have invented a simpler, cheaper process that can simultaneously remove both salts and organic contaminants from wastewater, all while producing additional energy, says Casey Forrestal, a CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher in environmental and sustainability engineering.

Alone on Valentine’s Day? What to do?

Feb. 13, 2015                        Glenda Russell

             The reminders are everywhere -- candy hearts and roses displayed prominently in grocery stores. Radio and TV ads for jewelry and chocolates are broadcast daily. They’re reminders that it’s time to spoil your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

             But what if you’re single and feeling left out? How do you handle Valentine’s Day alone? The answer? Find others just like you and do something fun together, says CU-Boulder counselor and psychologist Glenda Russell.

The Civil Rights Movement 50 years later

Jan. 30, 2015 Reiland Rabaka

             The year is 1965, and America is experiencing a dramatic cultural transformation. Anti-Vietnam War protests erupts on college campuses. The counterculture revolution is changing the status quo. The British rock-and-roll invasion blasts ashore with the arrival of the Beatles at Shea Stadium and the African-American civil rights movement is at its zenith.

             Remembering the movement 50 years later on the eve of Black History Month is Reiland Rabaka, a professor of African, African American and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at CU-Boulder.

Gesturing key part of language-learning app created by CU-Boulder students

The Nano Nano app - a new way to learn languages.

Jan. 29, 2015                         Kevin Gould

             The latest research shows that speech is inherently linked to gesturing. With that in mind, two CU-Boulder doctoral students in cognitive linguistics have created a language game app combining gesturing and words with the latest technology that they say will make it easier to learn a second language. It’s called “Nano Nano,” and co-inventor Kevin Gould says it’s a more efficient way to learn a new language.

CU-Boulder climate expert comments on 2014 being warmest year on record

Annual Global Temperature Chart -NOAA

Jan. 16, 2015                                   James White

             CU-Boulder climate change expert James White, a professor of geological sciences and environmental studies, is not surprised that 2014 will go down in the record books as the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880.

Colorado business leaders very optimistic going into 2015

Jan. 5, 2015                          Richard Wobbekind

            Optimism by Colorado business leaders heading into the first quarter of 2015 is the most stable it’s been in 11 years, according to the Leeds Business    Confidence Index released today by CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

           CU-Boulder economist Richard Wobbekind says what seems to be driving the confidence is optimism in the Colorado economy and a big jump in confidence in the national economy compared to last year.

U.S. economy fully recovered and getting stronger

Dec. 26, 2014                                   Jay Kaplan

            Seven years after the U.S. plummeted into its worst economic recession since the Great Depression all signs point to a fully recovered economy, says CU-Boulder economist Jay Kaplan, adding it will only get better.

Could Russia Go Bankrupt?

Dec. 19, 2014                 Jay Kaplan
             Just how critical is Russia’s current financial crisis? Very, says CU-Boulder economist Jay Kaplan.  He says there is a real possibility Russia could go bankrupt if falling oil prices and sanctions that limit Russia’s ability to borrow in the international markets continue well into next year.

Looming TABOR Troubles?

Dec. 17, 2014          Richard Wobbekind

         Governor John Hickenlooper is voicing concerns over Colorado’s future budget challenge due to the state’s constitutional spending limit known as the Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, and the constitutional requirement to fund education.

         In a talk Tuesday at the Denver Forum luncheon, Hickenlooper explained that as the state’s economy gets stronger and brings in more tax money, the prospect of taxpayer refunds happening in 2015 or 2016 is more likely because the state’s revenues will most likely exceed the inflation-plus-population-growth-cap.

         The problem, says Hickenlooper and economists, is finding the money to fund education and at the same time refund tax dollars. According to analysts, funding for education is already short $900 million.

         Economist Richard Wobbekind of CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business says this could be a problem in the future.

Holiday Shopping Tips

Dec. 2, 2014              Donald Lichtenstein

             We’d all like to get the most out of our holiday shopping dollar and the best way to do that, says Donald Lichtenstein, a business professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is take the time to prepare yourself by researching prices, quality and brands before you hit the stores or the Internet.

Colorado’s broad economic expansion to continue in 2015

Dec. 8, 2014                  Richard Wobbekind    

With 2014 marking Colorado’s highest employment growth since the start of the 21st century, the state will continue to expand in 2015, adding a variety of jobs in almost every business sector, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Wobbekind’s announcement is part of the 50th annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum to be presented Dec. 8 by the Leeds School’s Business Research Division.

The comprehensive outlook report for 2015 features forecasts and trends for 13 business sectors prepared by more than 100 key business, government and industry professionals.

Richard Wobbekind comments about the jobs outlook for next year and many other aspects of Colorado’s economy, including what’s in store next year for various regions in Colorado.

Thanksgiving combines myths, traditions and truths

Nov. 26, 2014                                                                                    Chris Lewis

             Over the centuries Thanksgiving in America has meant many things to many people. But did you know that the story of the first Thanksgiving, although fairly accurate, is only one piece of the pie of how this tradition came to be, says Chris Lewis, an American Studies instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Running Really Can Keep You Young

Nov. 20, 2014                        Rodger Kram

            If you are an active senior who wants to stay younger, keep on running. That’s the advice of Rodger Kram, an associate professor at CU-Boulder’s Department of Integrative Physiology and co-author of a new study showing that seniors who run several times a week for exercise expend about the same amount of energy walking as a typical 20-year-old, despite the fact that as we age our aerobic capacity declines.

Working night shift increases risk of weight gain

The Tuscan General Alessandro del Borro, attributed to Charles Mellin, 1645.

Nov. 17, 2014                      Kenneth Wright

            A new CU-Boulder study helps to explain why people who work the night shift tend to gain weight.

            Researchers have known that people who work, and therefore eat, at night when their bodies are biologically prepared to sleep are prone to put on pounds, says Kenneth Wright, director of CU-Boulder’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory and senior author of the paper, but the reasons have not been clear.

After the midterm elections – What’s next for Congress?

Nov. 6, 2014                          Ken Bickers

            When the 114th Congress convenes January 3, 2015, speculation abounds as to what legislation the Republican-controlled Congress will try to pass.

            One of the first things that seems to be on the minds of many people, says Ken Bickers, a professor of political science at CU-Boulder, is repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. But, Bickers says, not so fast.

The Election That Saved A Nation

Oct. 30, 2014             Peter Wood

            As Americans go to the polls Nov. 4, it’s worthy to look back 150 years to when Union voters, in the midst of a bloody civil war, cast their ballots in what many historians considered to be the most important presidential contest in the history of the United States.

            The election of 1864 pitted President Abraham Lincoln against democratic challenger General George McClellan – one-time commander of the Army of the Potomac who said he would the end the war immediately, urging peace without victory.

            Some historians consider the Union victory at Gettysburg in 1863 as the turning point of the war, but according to CU-Boulder historian Peter Wood, it was ballots, not bullets, that turned the tide of the war.

2014 Elections: What’s in store for Colorado and the Nation?

Oct. 24, 2014                                                Ken Bickers

             Since the beginning of October Representative Cory Gardner, the Republican challenging incumbent Senator Mark Udall, has been pulling away in their race for the Senate.

             According to the Washington Post, 10 of the last 11 independent public polls have Gardner in front -- some by as much as seven percentage points -- when just a few months ago Udall had the lead.

             The problem for Udall and other Democrats running for re-election this year, says Ken Bickers, a professor of political science at CU-Boulder, is not so much them but President Obama.

CU-Boulder/NASA Mars Mission Obiter To Take Rare Look at Comet

NASA artist rendition of Comet Siding Spring and Mars

Oct. 17, 2014                                                David Brain

            This Sunday just past noon, Mountain time, a fast moving comet will whiz by Mars for a one-in-a-million encounter with the red planet, and the NASA spacecraft MAVEN will be there to study this rare encounter.

            MAVEN, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, began orbiting Mars last month and is on a one-year CU-Boulder-led mission to study the planet’s upper atmosphere.

            The instruments on board the spacecraft are perfect for analyzing such an encounter, says an excited David Brain, CU-Boulder planetary scientist and MAVEN mission co-investigator.

Blood Moon to Greet Wednesday Morning Sunrise

Oct. 7, 2014                                      Doug Duncan

            If you happen to be up early Wednesday morning you’ll be in for a real astronomical treat.

            That’s because at 4:25 a.m. on that day there will be a total eclipse of the moon and with it a stunning ” Blood Moon,” says astronomer Doug Duncan, director of University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium.

Colorado business leaders continue positive outlook in 2014

Oct. 1, 2014                          Richard Wobbekind

            The confidence of Colorado business leaders continues to be positive heading into the fourth quarter even though expectations are slightly less bullish compared to last quarter, according to the Leeds Business Confidence Index released today by CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

            But as CU-Boulder economist Richard Wobbekind points out, while the numbers are slightly down compared to last quarter the index remains very positive as the economy continues to grow.

Stunning variety of microbes in Central Park soils mirrors global microbial diversity

Oct. 1, 2014                                                  Noah Fierer

             New York City’s Central Park is considered one of the most unique urban parks in the world. But now there’s another attribute to add to its uniqueness.

             According to a surprising new study led by Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, soil microbes that thrive in the deserts, rainforests, prairies and forests of the world also can be found living in the soil beneath the park.

Fall aspen trees reaching their prime

Sept. 25, 2014                 Michael Grant

            The annual changing of the Aspen tree leaves from green to red, yellow and gold hues are looking to be plentiful this season and could even turn out to be one of the best showings in decades, says Michael Grant, an ecology and evolutionary biology professor at CU-Boulder.

Colorado Front Range fire severity today not much different than past

Sept. 24, 2014                                              Tania Schoennagel

            A just-published CU-Boulder study dispels the perception that Colorado’s Front Range wildfires are becoming increasingly severe.

           Tania Schoennagel, a research scientist at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and study co-author, says that while it’s true the Front Range has experienced some record-setting wildfires the past two decades, the reality is that the severity of the wildfires -- whether or not they become crown fires that can jump from treetop to treetop -- hasn’t changed.         

CU-Boulder space scientist describes Sunday night’s orbit insertion of the CU-Boulder-led Mars mission as precise, exciting and nerve-wracking

Sept. 19, 2014                                              David Brain

            On Sunday night a NASA mission to Mars led by CU-Boulder is set to slide into orbit around the red planet to investigate how its climate has changed over the eons, completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

           But for the first 34 minutes after MAVEN’s arrival to Mars, scientists like CU-Boulder’s David Brain will be holding their breath, crossing their fingers and hoping that all goes well during this very technical moment where there is nothing to do but wait.

How engineers designed a fail safe plan for the MAVEN computer

Sept. 17, 2014

Listen to CU-Boulder and LASP researcher David Brain talk about how engineers designed a fail safe plan for the MAVEN computer.

MAVEN Orbit Insertion

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Listen to CU-Boulder and LASP researcher David Brain talk about MAVEN Orbit insertion around Mars.

Did you Know This About The Star Spangled Banner?

Sept. 12, 2014                               Tom Riis

             America’s national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner,” turns 200 years old this weekend.

            The lyrics for the song came from "Defence of Fort M'Henry", a poem written by Francis Scott Key who was inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry on Sept 14, 1814, after the British navy bombarded it with canon and rockets the night before.

            But Tom Riis (Reece), professor of Musicology at CU-Boulder’s College of Music, says people might be surprised to know that the tune chosen by Key to be played when people recited the poem is from an old English song that was somewhat dubious for its time.

What We Learned From The September 2013 Flood

Sept. 9, 2014                                     Kelly Mahoney

             What started out as a welcomed drizzle on Sept. 9, 2013, developed into a torrential deluge that eventually saturated some places on the Front Range of Colorado with nearly 20 inches of rain, causing widespread flooding, damaging homes, businesses, roads and bridges.

             For climatologist, it was a chance to experience a very raire rain event. For Kelly Mahoney, an atmospheric research scientist at CU-Boulder and NOAA who studies flash floods and other historical flooding events, this storm was unique for a number of reasons.

CU-Boulder professor and Russian-Ukrainian expert comments on latest events in eastern Ukraine

Aug. 29, 2014

          John O’ Loughlin is a professor in the geography department at the University of Colorado Boulder. He studies conflict in countries and the political geography of the post-Soviet Union, including Russian and Ukrainian geopolitics and ethno-territorial nationalisms.

         Here are comments from O’Loughlin concerning the latest developments in southeastern Ukraine. On Wednesday a separatist counteroffensive -- which Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion sponsored by Russia, and which sent armored troops across the border -- has opened a new military front along the Sea of Azov and put the rebels within striking distance of Mariupol, a port city that is the second-largest in Ukraine’s southeast.

Are Earth’s Magnetic Poles Ready to Flip?

Aug. 21, 2014                                   Daniel Baker

            According to a new study from the European Space Agency the magnetic field that protects Earth from deadly solar radiation has been weakening over the past several months and some scientists say one reason this may be happening is that the magnetic poles are getting ready to flip.

            But don’t be alarmed. The poles have reversed positions before. In fact, in the last 20 million years Earth's magnetic field has reversed its poles about every 200,000 to 300,000 years.

            But Daniel Baker, a professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at CU-Boulder, says even if this new information indicates a flip is beginning it will be thousands of years before it happens.

The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower To Get One-Upped By The Moon

Aug. 8, 2014                                                 Matt Benjamin

          Beginning this Sunday morning and into early next week two unique celestial events will brighten up the night sky.

          Unfortunately one event, a super moon, which is 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon, will outshine the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, says Matt Benjamin, a planetary scientist and education program manager at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium.

New report highlights how climate change may affect water in Colorado

Aug. 5, 2014                                                 Jeff Lukas


            Rising temperatures will tend to reduce the amount of water in many of Colorado’s streams and rivers, melt mountain snowpack earlier in the spring, and increase the water needed by thirsty crops and cities.

            That’s according to a new report on state climate change released today by CU-Boulder’s Western Water Assessment and the Colorado Water Conservation Board,

            CU-Boulder’s Jeff Lukas, lead author of the report, says Colorado has been getting much warmer the past three decades.

CU-Boulder Political Scientist Comments on House Vote to Sue Pres. Obama

July 30, 2014                                                                                                Ken Bickers  

         Just hours ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-201 to move forward with House Speakers John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

         Ken Bickers, a University of Colorado Boulder political science professor, comments on the historical lawsuit against President Obama and how it could be a game changer in future political tug of wars between the White House and Congress.

Natural-terrain schoolyards and activities reduce students’ stress

July 22, 2014                                                            Louise Chawla

          Maybe the path to better teaching and healthier children begins in the forest.

          According to a new CU-Boulder study, playing in schoolyards that are natural -- such as wooded -- rather than built reduces children’s stress and inattention.

          And at the same time, says Louise Chawla, CU-Boulder professor of environmental design and lead author of the study, it fosters supportive social relationships and feelings of competence.


No evidence that California cellphone ban decreased accidents

July 17, 2014                                                            Daniel Kaffine

            Despite the widely held belief that using hand-held cellphones while driving is considered dangerous, in a recent study a CU-Boulder researcher found no evidence that a California ban on cellphone use while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state.

            The findings are surprising, says Daniel Kaffine, an associate professor of economics at CU-Boulder and an author of the study.

Colorado economy continues robust pace in 2014, says CU economist

July 10, 2014                                                Richard Wobbekind

           At the mid-way point of 2014, Colorado’s economy continues to grow at a robust pace across almost all sectors, says economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Colorado business confidence inches higher going into third quarter

July 2, 2014                       Richard Wobbekind

           The confidence of Colorado business leaders remains positive and has slightly increased going into the third quarter of 2014, according to the most recent Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

           According to economist Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Leeds School’s research division, the third quarter LBCI posted a reading of 61.2, an increase from 61 last quarter.

History and other stuff to know about American patriotic songs

Stuff to know about American patriotic songs

June 30, 2014                                  Tom Riis

            Independence Day is right around the corner and the sounds of American patriotic songs that encourage national unity and feelings of honor for our forefathers will soon fill the air. But while many of these songs honor America’s past, their roots lie in English tradition, says Tom Riis (Reece), professor of musicology at CU-Boulder’s College of Music.

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

June 18, 2014                                      Yuko Munakata

          Children who spend more time in less-structured activities -- from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo -- are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.

          Yet, participating in more-structured activities -- including soccer practice, piano lessons and homework – has the opposite effect, says senior author of the study, Yuko Munakata.

Working women have more influence at home

June 16, 2014       Francisca Antman

            When women who are married work, they wield more decision-making power over large household expenses -- like buying a car, large appliance or furniture, says Francisca Antman, assistant professor of economics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The relationship between obesity, life satisfaction and where one lives

June 11, 2014                                                           Philip M. Pendergast

            A new study on obesity and people’s happiness by CU-Boulder sociology researchers suggests that it’s not obesity by itself that determines whether a person is happy with their body image but where you live.

            According to study co-author Philip Pendergast, a doctoral student in sociology at CU-Boulder, if a person who is obese lives in a community where people share the same body type they are more likely to be happier.

“Combined cycle technology” lowers power plant emissions

June 3, 2014                         Joost de Gouw

        As the political debate continues over President Obama’s proposal to force a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by the year 2030, one practical question being asked is do we have the technology to reach that goal?

        One recent study found that new technology being used in natural gas-fired plants resulted in reduced CO2 levels, harmful gases that create ozone and fine particles compared to coal-fired plants, says CU-Boulder atmospheric scientist Joost de Gouw (YOOST D-GOW).

What Makes Things Humorous?

May 30, 2014           Peter McGraw

          Why is it that people laugh at jokes or someone’s actions even though they may seem inappropriate or threatening? The answer, according to Peter McGraw, a professor of marketing and psychology at CU-Boulder and an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of judgment, emotion and choice, is something called “benign violations.”

New meteor shower could light up night sky May 23 – 24

May 22, 2014                                               Doug Duncan

When it comes to meteor showers, most people have probably heard of the Perseid, that lights up Earth’s atmosphere every August. But come late Friday night and early Saturday morning Colorado residents may get to witness the birth of a new meteor shower when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet named LINEAR.

This is a very rare event and it has astronomers like Doug Duncan, director of CU- Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, excited to see how many meteors will streak across the night sky.

International team maps nearly 200,000 glaciers in quest of sea rise estimates

May 6, 2014                                                                                      Tad Pfeffer

         An international team led by glaciologists from CU-Boulder and Canada’s Trent University have completed the first mapping of virtually all of the world’s glaciers, including their locations and sizes.

          The goal of the massive project, called the Randolph Glacier Inventory, is to provide the best information possible on how much smaller glaciers are contributing to rising seas now and into the next century as the world warms, says Tad Pfeffer, team member and fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

Neanderthals were not inferior, says CU-Boulder study

April 30, 2014                                               Paola Villa

          The widely held notion that Neanderthals, a species of humans closely related to modern man, were dimwitted and that their lack of intelligence allowed them to be driven to extinction by the much brighter ancestors of modern humans is not supported by scientific evidence, according to a new study by researcher Paola Villa, curator at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

On the brink of war? The Ukraine-Russia Conflict is heating up.

April 25, 2014                                               John O’Laughlin

          A CU-Boulder geography professor who studies the politics of the post-Soviet Union, says the crisis between Russia and Ukraine is all part of a plan by Russian President Vladimir Putin to destabilize Ukraine in the hopes it will not have a presidential election on May 25.

          According to John O’Laughlin, Putin has made it very clear that if he can’t have Ukraine under his sphere of control then he wants it to be a neutral state without Western influence.

Job Prospects For College Graduates Are Bright

April 17, 2014                                   Lisa Severy

2014 college graduates shouldn’t have a hard time finding work. According to Lisa Severy, the director of CU-Boulder’s Office of Career Services, the recovering economy has translated into thousands of job postings in her office.

CU-Boulder Offers Guide for Testing Well Water in Areas of Oil and Gas Development

April 03, 2014                                                           Mark Williams

          People worried about well water contamination from the so called “fracking” method used to extract oil and natural gas now have a new tool to help them monitor their wells.

          A free, downloadable guide to help people collect baseline data on their well water quality over time is being offered by CU-Boulder’s Colorado Water and Energy Research Center, or CWERC.

          Mark Williams, CWERC co-founder and director, says it’s important to collect well water data before energy companies begin drilling.

Colorado business confidence remains positive going into second quarter, says CU-Boulder Leeds School

April 1, 2014

            The confidence of Colorado business leaders remains positive and has increased slightly going into the second quarter of 2014, according to the most recent Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

            The second quarter LBCI posted a reading of 61, an increase from 59.9 last quarter, says Brian Lewandowski from the school’s business research division.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – 25 Years Later

March 21, 2014                    Liesel Ritchie

In the early morning hours of March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker sliced into Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef, spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil into pristine Alaskan waters.  It is considered one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters.

Twenty-five years later, impacts from the spill remain. Liesel Ritchie, assistant director of CU-Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center, spent years researching the impact the spill has had on the residents of Cordova, considered ground zero for the spill. 

History of St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2014        Patrick Tally

            Green food and drinks, festive parades, Irish music and shamrocks painted on smiling faces are all part of the great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But the St. Patrick’s Day celebration of the of the 21st century is a far cry from its holy origins in the ninth century, says Patrick Tally, a CU-Boulder historian.

CU study – Bering Land Bridge long-term habitat for earliest Americans

Feb. 27, 2014                                                           John Hoffecker

            A new study led by CU-Boulder strengthens the theory that the first Americans, believed to have migrated over the Bering Land Bridge from Asia, may have settled in the region instead of quickly migrating into the Americas as other theories have suggested.  

            The theory, known as the “Beringian Standstill,” was first proposed in 1997 and refined in 2007 by a team led by the University of Illinois who sampled mitochondrial DNA from more than 600 Native Americans.

           According to CU-Boulder Research Associate John Hoffecker, lead author of the study, they found that mutations in the DNA indicated a group of their direct ancestors from Siberia was likely isolated for thousands of years in the land bridge region.

Alone on Valentine’s Day – what to do?

Feb. 14                      Glenda Russell

          Are you finding yourself alone on Valentine’s Day? If you do and you get anxious and start to think it’s the end of the world, Glenda Russell, a psychologist with CU-Boulder’s Counseling and Psychological Services, says to take a moment and try to get some perspective, and stop worrying because it isn’t the end of the world.

Modern cities offer insight into how Ancient settlements developed

Feb. 12, 2014                                                    Scott Ortman

The old French saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same…” could apply to cities – modern or ancient. That’s because a new study led by Scott Ortman, assistant professor of anthropology at CU-Boulder, found that development patterns in modern urban areas are similar to ancient cities settled thousands of years ago.

Sen. Udall to face touch challenge in re-election bid

Feb. 7, 2014                                                  Ken Bickers

            This election year could be a game changer on Capitol Hill as Republican challengers take aim at 36 Senate seats held by Democrats that are up for re-election. Republicans only need to win six seats to take control of the Senate.

           One senator up for re-election is Colorado’s Mark Udall and according to Ken Bickers, a professor of political science at CU-Boulder, this should be one of the more fascinating races.

Congressional compromise & the budget - - A new era of compromise… or not?

Jan. 27, 2014

When President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill last week to fund the federal government it seemingly ended years of fiscal bickering between Republicans and Democrats that resulted in economic uncertainty and a government shutdown. Leaders of both parties hailed the compromise bill as the beginning of a new era. Or is it?

Not so, says Ken Bickers, a CU-Boulder political science professor, who views the compromise bill as one born out of necessity.

CU-Boulder study shows differences in mammals responding to climate change

Jan. 21, 2014                                                           Christy McCain

          If you were a shrew snuffling around in a North American forest, you would be 27 times less likely to respond to climate change than if you were a moose.

          That is just one of the findings of a new CU- Boulder study led by Assistant Professor Christy McCain that looked at how 73 different North American mammal species are responding -- or not responding -- to climate change.

New Study: Natural gas-fired power plants cleaner than coal-fired plants

Jan. 9, 2014                                                  Joost de Gouw

Natural gas combined with new technology is helping power plants create more energy and at the same time release less greenhouse gases than coal-fired power plants do, according to a joint study from CU-Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The emissions of CO2, sulfur and nitrogen oxide have dropped significantly in the past decade, says atmospheric scientist and lead author Joost de Gouw (YOOST D-GOW).

Colorado business leaders remain positive for 2014

Jan. 2, 2014                          Richard Wobbekind

Swayed by an improving economy and a federal budget compromise, Colorado business leaders’ expectations going into the first quarter of 2014 remain positive, according to the most recent CU-Boulder Leeds Business Confidence Index. The expectations stayed in positive territory for all categories, representing nine consecutive quarters of positive expectations, says Leeds School economist Richard Wobbekind.

Smooth Bark Helps To Protect Trees From Pine Beetle Attacks

Dec. 23, 2013                                                Scott Ferrenberg

According to a new CU-Boulder study, trees with smoother bark are better at repelling attacks by mountain pine beetles, which have difficulty gripping the slippery surface, says researcher Scott Farrenberg.

Bedtime for Toddlers: Why your toddler might not be sleeping

Dec. 18, 2013                                   Monique LeBourgeois (lə-bür-zhwä)

According to a CU-Boulder study, choosing your toddler’s bedtime may be one of the most important decisions a parent will make. Lead researcher Monique LeBourgeois, an experimental psychologist with the Department of Integrative Physiology, says the bedtime for your toddler should be in sync with his or her internal biological clock or there is a potential of developing life-long sleep problems.

Positive, broad-based job growth forecast for Colorado in 2014

Dec. 9, 2014

Colorado will continue on the road to recovery and add a variety of jobs in 2014 across almost all business sectors following a positive year in 2013, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Wobbekind’s announcement is part of the 49th annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum delivered Dec. 9 by the Business Research Division of the Leeds School and presented by Noble Energy.

The comprehensive outlook report for 2014 features forecasts and trends for 13 business sectors prepared by more than 100 key business, government and industry professionals.

Listen as Wobbekind talks about economic highlights from 2013 and what’s ahead for Colorado in 2014.


Holiday Shopping Tips

Nov. 27, 2013                       Donald Lichtenstein

We’d all like to get the most out of our holiday shopping dollar and the best way to do that, says Donald Lichtenstein, a business professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is take the time to prepare yourself by researching prices, quality and brands, before you hit the stores or the Internet.

The Kennedy assassination and how America fell in love with live TV

Nov. 22, 2013                              Rick Stevens  

It’s hard to imagine but 50 years ago it wasn’t TV, the Internet, Twitter or a myriad of social media that alerted people to breaking news, instead they probably heard it on the radio. But that all changed one afternoon in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. That’s when people discovered the power of live TV, says Rick Stevens, a professor of journalism at CU-Boulder.

The Gettysburg Address - 150 Years Later

Nov. 19, 2013                       Ralph Mann

150 years ago today President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the best-known speeches in American history at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

“Four score and seven years ago…” began the short speech that would define an embattled president, a nation struggling with slavery and a war that was close to tearing it apart, says Ralph Mann, CU-Boulder history professor.

CU-Boulder’s first planetary mission will explore Mar’s upper atmosphere

Nov. 15, 2013                                                Bruce Jakosky

History will be made next week when the first NASA planetary mission ever led by the University of Colorado Boulder blasts off to Mars! It’s called MAVEN.

Principal investigator and mission leader, Bruce Jakosky, of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU-Boulder, explains.

Communities should pause before rebuilding after a disaster, CU-Boulder disaster expert advises

Nov. 8, 2013                                         Kathleen Tierney

It’s been nearly two months since torrential rains filled mountain creeks, causing widespread flooding and devastation to towns and cities along the Front Range of Colorado. Today people are scrambling to repair homes and rebuild their communities. But community leaders might want to pause before rebuilding, says Kathleen Tierney, director of the Natural Hazards Center at CU-Boulder.

The origin of Halloween

Oct. 30, 2013     Scott Bruce

It’s Halloween - a day to wear costumes, carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns and go door-to-door trick-or-treating. But just how did these traditions get started? According to Scott Bruce, associate professor of history at CU-Boulder, people have been celebrating Halloween in one form or another since ancient times.

After the Obamacare battle what’s next for the GOP?

Oct. 25, 2013                                     Ken Bickers

It’s been a little over a week since Congress agreed to a short-term solution ending the 16-day partial federal government shutdown and averting a debt ceiling crisis. But the political fallout the GOP is experiencing due to the battle to defund the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” may last for some time, says CU-Boulder political science professor Ken Bickers. A recent CNN poll shows that just over half the public says it’s bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives.

CU study: widespread spruce beetle outbreak in Colorado tied to drought

Oct. 10, 2013                                                                                    Sarah Hart

According to a new University of Colorado Boulder study drought high in the northern Colorado mountains is triggering a massive spruce beetle outbreak that has the potential to be equally or even more devastating in Colorado than the mountain pine beetle, says Sarah Hart, a CU-Boulder doctoral student in geography and lead author on the study.

Solid-state battery promises to double the range of electric cars

Sept. 30, 2013

Imagine an electric car that can travel twice the miles or more on a single charge as today’s electric cars and operates with safer batteries than are currently being used.

That could happen soon. According to Conrad Stoldt, a mechanical engineering professor at CU-Boulder, new cutting-edge, solid-state battery technology he helped to develop at the university will create batteries that produce two to three times the amount of electricity compared with the lithium-ion batteries currently used.

Rare western bumblebees appear to be making a comeback

Sept. 3, 2013                                         Carol Kearns and Diana Oliveras

A white-rumped bumblebee that has been in steep decline across its native range in the western United States and Canada appears to be making a comeback on the Colorado Front Range.

A survey of bumblebee populations by CU-Boulder biologists Carol Kearns and Diana Oliveras in undisturbed patches of prairieland and in mountain meadows has turned up more than 20 rare western bumblebees in different locations.

Making the discoveries even more interesting is that the bees are most likely from several different colonies, says Oliveras.

Drought could dry up Law of the River – First in time first in right

Aug. 29, 2013                                                 Brad Udall

It’s called the “Law of the River,” an 80-year-old arrangement that seven states use to share water from the Colorado River Basin. The law is based on a simple 19th Century premise - whoever used the water first has senior water rights. But it’s a premise that CU-Boulder water resources expert Brad Udall says is grossly inadequate for the needs of the 21s t Century.

CO2 levels highest since Pliocene, but temperatures haven't caught up

Year-round ice-free conditions across the surface of the Arctic Ocean could explain why the Earth was substantially warmer during the Pliocene Epoch than it is today, despite similar concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to new research carried out at the University of Colorado Boulder.

In early May, instruments at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii marked a new record: The concentration of carbon dioxide climbed to 400 parts per million for the first time in modern history. 

The last time researchers believe the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere reached 400 ppm—between 3 and 5 million years ago during the Pliocene—the Earth was about 3.5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer (2 to 5 degrees Celsius) than it is today. During that time period, trees overtook the tundra, sprouting right to the edges of the Arctic Ocean, and the seas swelled, pushing ocean levels 65 to 80 feet higher.

Colorado to see continued growth in 2013, forecasts CU economist

July 16, 2013

The Colorado economy continues to grow in 2013 at a magnitude that exceeds previous expectations going into the year, according to economist Richard Wobbekind (WAH-be-kin-d) of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Midway through the year, Colorado’s job growth rate is up by about 2.3 percent -- a gain of about 52,400 jobs from May 2012 to May 2013, says Wobbekind. The job growth rate is expected to continue to rise to about 2.5 percent -- a figure that was revised from estimates last December when the projection was at about 1.8 percent.

Here are several comments from Wobbekind about the revised forecast, including details on specific sectors ranging from construction to tourism. For a news release visit 


Colorado business leaders bullish on Colorado economy

July 1, 2013                           Richard Wobbekind

Colorado business leaders are bullish on the state’s economy. That’s according to the just release Leeds Business Confidence Index from CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Economist Richard Wobbekind (Wah-be-kin) says third quarter indicators rose significantly and part of the reason for the strong showing is that the national economy seems to be gaining steam.

150 years ago – the battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 2013                               Ralph Mann

150 years ago, July 1, 1863, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place in a little town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg. Two days later the seemingly invincible army of Northern Virginia was defeated, forced to go back to Virginia. It was a battle that many historians, including CU-Boulder history professor Ralph Mann, believe turned the tide of the war in favor of the Union.

Clearing up confusion about the future of Colorado River flows

June 27, 2013                                                           Brad Udall

Understanding how climate change will affect the flow of the Colorado River in 2050 is important to water managers and the 30 million people who rely on it for water. But an unsettling range of estimates, from a decrease of 6 percent to a steep drop of 45 percent by then, has made planning for the future difficult.

But now a new report involving government agencies and universities, including CU-Boulder, explains why those estimates differ and summarizes what is known about the future of the river—key information for decision makers, says co-author Brad Udall, director of CU’s Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment.

Dust Storms, Snowpack and the American West

June 10, 2013                      Jason Neff

According to a new study from CU-Boulder, there's a lot more dust being blown across the landscape now than a few decades ago. Increasing dust storms can have a number of negative impacts. When dust blows on an existing snowpack, for example, the dark particles better absorb the sun's energy and cause the snowpack to melt more quickly, says CU-Boulder's Jason Neff, associate professor of geology and coauthor of the study.

Rare Night Event Featuring 3 Planets

May 24, 2013                        Keith Gleason

A unique night sky event is coming our way. Beginning tonight and peaking on May 26, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will join together in the west-northwest evening sky. And, according to Keith Gleason, an astro-geophysicist at CU-Boulder, you’ll only have a few minutes on May 26 to catch the three planets as they dance in a very rare, triangular pattern in the night sky.

Julie Andrews Talks at 2013 Spring Commencement

May 10, 2013

Acclaimed actress, singer and writer Julie Andrews spoke to more than 6,000 University of Colorado graduates this morning, refering to her beloved movies and telling the Class of 2013 to "live lightly on this Earth and give generously."

Listen to the full speech by Dame Julie Andrews.

Financial Tips for College Graduates

May 3, 2013              Susie Jacobs

Graduation is just around the corner for many college seniors and while they are looking forward to getting that diploma they should also be looking at ways to secure their financial future, says Susie Jacobs, a financial educator at CU-Boulder.

First on the financial checklist for college graduates - know how much you owe if you have college loans.

Could the Boston Bombing Been Prevented?

April 26, 2013                       Michael Kanner

With news that the CIA and FBI had one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing on their terror watch lists has raised the question as to whether the bombing could have been prevented. But, according to CU-Boulder political science instructor Michael Kanner, a retired U.S. Army officer and counterterrorism expert, unless you can connect someone like Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a terrorist group or terrorist activities, it’s very difficult to uncover such a plot.

Chancellor DiStefano Town Hall

April 18, 2013

Today faculty, staff and students packed the Old Main Chapel to listen to CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano deliver a spring update on the campus goals he announced last October.

The chancellor talked about progress made on the financial, programmatic and organizational goals he outlined in his annual state of the campus address on Oct. 16, 2012.





Study shows brain scan patterns allows for the first objective measure of pain

April 10, 2013                                       Tor Wager

For the first time, scientists have been able to predict how much pain people are feeling by looking at images of their brains, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Tor Wager, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU-Boulder and lead author of the paper, says the findings may lead to the development of reliable methods doctors can use to objectively quantify a patient’s pain.

Colorado business confidence surges going into second quarter

April 2, 2013                         Richard Wobbekind

The confidence of Colorado business leaders has surged going into the second quarter of 2013, according to the most recent Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Economist Richard Wobbekind (WAH-b-kin), executive director of the Leeds School’s Business Research Division, says a strengthening Colorado economy is fueling confidence among the state’s business leaders.

America’s National Pastime

March 28, 2013        Tom Zeiller

April 1, marks the 137th season of America’s national pastime. And more than any other sport in America, it seems opening day in baseball is an honored tradition that remains timeless, says CU-Boulder history professor Tom Zeiller.


St. Patrick: Legends, Myths and Truth

March 15, 2013        Patrick Tally

He wasn’t even Irish and yet St. Patrick is the most famous figure from that island nation. Born in Britain, he was captured by Irish raiders at 16 and held as a slave. He escaped several years later, became a priest, returned to Ireland and, according to CU-Boulder historian Patrick Tally, made it his life’s work to convert the Irish to Christianity.

History of St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2013        Patrick Tally


Green beer, festive parades, Irish music and shamrocks painted on smiling faces are all part of the great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But the St. Patrick’s Day celebration of the of the 21st Century is a far cry from its holy origins in the 9th Century, says Patrick Tally, a CU-Boulder historian.

Study shows less sleep leads to more eating and weight gain

March 11, 2013                        Kenneth Wright

Nearly two pounds in one week! That’s how much weight you can gain if you sleep five hours or less a night for a week, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. But it’s not lack of sleep on its own that causes the weight gain, says researcher Kenneth Wright, it’s the fact that people tend to eat more while they’re awake.

What is it about horror films that we like?

March 8, 2013           Stephan Graham Jones

From vampires to werewolves to zombies to knife, axe and chain saw wielding slashers, horror movies have been scaring audiences ever since motion pictures came on to the scene - and today more so than ever before. According to the religious publication, “First Things,” horror films have increased six-fold over the past decade.

That increase doesn’t surprise Stephan Graham Jones, a professor of English at CU-Boulder and a horror writer. He says horror films are part of our psyche.

Why continued gridlock on Capitol Hill?

Feb. 21, 2013                       Ken Bickers

Despite Obama winning the presidential election and afterwards Republicans and Democrats saying it’s time to work together on passing legislation, nothing has changed and once again gridlock rules Capital Hill. Why is that?

There’s an easy answer, says Ken Bickers, a political scientist at CU-Boulder. But, he says, you might be surprised because part of the problem is us.

Meteorite Explosion Over Russia

Feb. 15, 2013     Doug Duncan

Doug Duncan, a professor of astronomy and director of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, comments on a meteorite that exploded Friday morning above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk and on the close fly-by of Asteroid 2012 DA14 later that day.

Alone on Valentine’s Day?

Feb. 8, 2013               Glenda Russell

The reminders are everywhere. Candy hearts and roses are displayed prominently in grocery stores while radio and TV ads for jewelry and chocolates are broadcast daily. They’re reminders that it’s time to spoil your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

But what if you’re single and feeling left out? How do you handle Valentine’s Day alone?

The answer? Find others just like you and do something fun together, says CU-Boulder counselor and psychologist Glenda Russell.

Discussing African American History Month

Feb. 1, 2013                          Reiland Rabaka

Has African-American History Month, or as many people call it, “Black History Month,” worn out its usefulness as some critics claim?

For example, actor Morgan Freeman told CBS 60 Minutes, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."

CU-Boulder associate professor of African American Studies, Reiland Rabaka, agrees African-American history is American history, but he says, until every American thinks in those terms we need to continue African-America History Month.

Ice cores, global warming and rising seas

Jan. 25, 2013                    Jim White

A new deep ice core study by an international team of scientists involving the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago the climate in north Greenland rose to about 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today.

The ice cores come from a time known as the Eemian interglacial period and, according to CU-Boulder geological sciences Professor Jim White, an ice core expert and the lead U.S. investigator on the project, the findings indicate the last interglacial period may be a good analog for where the planet is headed in terms of global warming.


Ski Fitness Tips

Jan. 8, 2013                                     Palmer Hoyt

It’s still not too late to get in shape for the 2013 ski season!

Palmer Hoyt, the head coach of the 2012 National Champion CU Freestyle Ski Team, says there are some simple things skiers can do before they hit the slopes to help prevent injury and maximize their ski experience.

He suggests beginning with exercises that mimic the twisting and side-to-side movements associated with skiing.

Gender perception and pronunciation of ‘s’ sounds

In the following audio clips, recorded by University of Colorado Boulder researcher Lal Zimman, two transgender men say the same sentence. Both speakers’ voices have a mean pitch of 140 hertz, which is typically considered to be part of the male-sounding vocal range. But the two speakers pronounce “s” sounds differently, affecting whether their voices are perceived as male or female by the listener. In the first audio clip, a speaker called “Joe” uses low-frequency “s” sounds, and in the second clip, “Kam” uses high-frequency “s” sounds. When the clips were played for a group of 10 listeners participating in Zimman’s study, the group unanimously perceived “Joe” to be male and “Kam” to be female. Read the full news release for more details on Zimman’s work. 

Health Tips To Get Through Flu Season

Dec. 31, 2012                        David Lawrence

Tomorrow we usher in a New Year and along with it we’ll also see a new flu season. And already health officials say the U.S. is having its earliest start in nearly a decade and that this season could be a bad one.

The best way to prevent getting the flu, says Dr. David Lawrence, director of the CU-Boulder Wardenburg Health Center, is to get a flu vaccine shot right now.

End of days: Debunking the Mayan Calendar Prophecy

Dec. 19, 2012                                               Payson Sheets

Tongue in cheek is the best way Payson Sheets, a CU-Boulder anthropologist, tries to explain the supposed Mayan calendar prophecy of doom and gloom or spiritual enlightenment, depending on which side of the calendar fence you sit on. A specialist in ancient societies of Mesoamerica, Sheets knows a tad bit about Mayan culture and has this to say about what will happen on Dec. 21, 2012.

More Demand, Less Water: The Future of the Colorado River

Dec. 13, 2012                          Doug Kenney

Population growth, climate change and drought will overwhelm the capacity of the Colorado River system to meet all water demands over the next 50 years, according to a study just released by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Doug Kenney, director of the Western Water Policy Program at CU-Boulder’s Natural Resources Law Center, has read the study and says unless something is done the future looks pretty scary for the Colorado River.

Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving

Dec. 13, 2012                     Scott Adler

With the fiscal cliff looming and the apparent inability of Congress to agree on a budget the past several years, many see Congress as an institution consumed by partisan bickering and gridlock.

Not so, according to a new book co-authored by political science professors Scott Adler from CU-Boulder and John D. Wilkerson from the University of Washington. According to Adler, Congress’s long history of addressing significant societal problems – even in recent years – seems to contradict this view.

Positive, broad-based job growth forecast for Colorado in 2013


Dec. 3, 2012                                      Richard Wobbekind

Colorado will continue on the road to recovery and add a variety of jobs in 2013 across almost all business sectors following a positive year in 2012, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Wobbekind’s announcement is part of the 48th annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum presented Dec. 3 by the Business Research Division of the Leeds School.

Wobbekind talks about the general outlook and gets specific about various industries and regions in Colorado.

Preparation Key To Stretching Shopping Dollar

Nov. 20, 2012                       Donald Lichtenstein

What’s the best way to stretch your holiday shopping dollar? According to Donald Lichtenstein, a business professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, take the time to prepare yourself, including researching price, quality and brands, before you hit the stores or Internet.

Thanksgiving combines myths, traditions and truths

Nov. 19, 2012                                                                                   Chris Lewis

Over the centuries Thanksgiving in America has meant many things to many people. But did you know that the story of the first Thanksgiving, although fairly accurate, is only one piece of the pie of how this tradition came to be, says Chris Lewis, an American Studies instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

How frightening is the fiscal cliff?

Nov. 13, 2012            Jay Kaplan
The so called "fiscal cliff," a $600 billion tax increase scheduled to take effect along with mandatory spending cuts at the start of the new year, could be one of the most important economic events for any president in the last 70 years, says Jay Kaplan, an economics instructor at CU-Boulder.

The day after the election: Surprises, negative ads and the standoff continues


Nov. 7, 2012                                      Ken Bickers

Many political scientists and presidential historians are probably shaking their heads in disbelief today. That’s because history has shown that when the economy is not doing well incumbent presidents usually lose reelections, says Ken Bickers, political science professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The mystery behind Halloween

Oct. 30, 2012        Scott Bruce

Just what are the origins of Halloween? Some say it’s derived from the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (SAH-win). Others say it ‘s more closely connected to the night before All Saints’ Day celebrated by Catholics since the 7th century on Nov. 1.

According to Scott Bruce, associate professor of history at CU-Boulder, the truth can be found in all of the above.

The 2012 Election and its historical relationships


The 2012 Election and its historical relationships

Oct.  2012                                                      Kenneth Bickers


Does the context of this election look familiar?  Historically, yes, according to Ken Bickers, a professor of political science at CU-Boulder, although the election involves a re-election of an incumbent. Historically, the possible outcomes, as well as the election itself, could closely relate to past elections. 

Fall 2012 State of the Campus Address


FALL 2012 State of the Campus Address

Oct. 16, 2012                                      Chancellor Philip DiStefano


In this year’s State of the Campus Address, CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano urged his campus community to respond to tough economic times and funding challenges by working as a team.  To CU-Boulder employees, DiStefano said “bring in the new.” 


Cutting taxes? Which plan is the best?

Cutting taxes? Which plan is the best?

Oct. 8, 2012   Jay Kaplan

Cutting taxes? Raising taxes? What is the best tax plan when it comes to helping the most people?

According to Jay Kaplan, an assistant professor of economy at CU-Boulder, the tax cut that benefits the most people is one that was passed last year.

CU-Boulder-led team study effects of natural gas development


Oct. 3, 2012                                                                         Joseph Ryan

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $12 million grant to a University of Colorado Boulder-led team to explore ways to maximize the benefits of natural gas development while minimizing negative impacts on ecosystems and communities.

Led by Professor Joseph Ryan of CU-Boulder’s civil, environmental and architectural engineering department, the team will examine social, ecological and economic aspects of the development of natural gas resources and the protection of air and water resources.

CU-Boulder study clarifies diversity, distribution of cutthroat trout in Colorado

Sept. 24, 2012                                                                                  Jessica Metcalf

A novel genetic study led by the University of Colorado Boulder has helped to clarify the native diversity and distribution of cutthroat trout in Colorado, including the past and present haunts of the federally endangered greenback cutthroat trout.

The study, led by CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher Jessica Metcalf, was based largely on DNA samples taken from cutthroat trout specimens preserved in ethanol in museums around the country that were collected from regions in Colorado as far back as 150 years ago. The new study, in which Metcalf and her colleagues extracted mitochondrial DNA from fish to sequence genes of the individual specimens and compared them with modern-day cutthroat trout strains, produced some startling results.

The biggest surprise, says Metcalf, was that the cutthroat trout native to the South Platte River drainage appears to survive today only in a single population outside of its native range -- in a small stream known as Bear Creek that actually is in the nearby Arkansas River drainage.

Job demand for CU graduates up

Sept. 24, 2012                        Lisa Severy

While national job numbers are down compared to before the recession, according to Lisa Severy, director of CU-Boulder’s Career Services office, demand for University of Colorado Boulder graduates is up, even outpacing pre-recession numbers in 2006.

Why the slow economic growth?

Sept. 19, 2012                      Jay Kaplan

Is the U.S. facing another year of slow growth economy? It’s very possible, says Jay Kaplan, an economics professor at CU-Boulder. He cites a study on financial verses business cycle recessions over the past 800 years that found it takes about six years for an economy to recovery from a major financial crises. 

Why the violent protests in the Middle East

Sept. 15, 2012                                    Nabil Echchaibi

It has all the ingredients for a disaster. That’s how Nabil Echchaibi (Nah-Bill Shah-bee), an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at CU-Boulder, explains why violent protests by Muslims over a film depicting the prophet Muhammad continue to erupt across the Middle East. 

CU Scientist comments on Voyager 1, 35 years later

Sept. 5, 2012                                                Larry Esposito

35 years ago today NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft to Jupiter and Saturn. It is now at the edge of the solar system, more than 11 billion miles from the sun.

CU-Boulder space scientist Larry Esposito still marvels at the discoveries made by the Voyager 1 and its sister craft, Voyager 2, also launched in 1977.

Paul Ryan and Medicare money

Aug. 31, 2012                       Ken Bickers

Now that the dust has settled from the Republican National Convention one questions remains: will vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan be the difference maker come November? According to Ken Bickers, CU-Boulder political analyst and professor, and he may be.  Ryan gives the campaign a legitimate critic against President Obama’s health plan. Something, Bickers says, Romney can’t do.

CU study says analysis of election factors points to Romney win

Aug. 22, 2012                                                                       Ken Bickers

And the winner is? The Romney-Ryan ticket! That’s according to a University of Colorado analysis of state-by-state factors leading to the Electoral College selection of every U.S. president since 1980.

Political analyst and CU-Boulder professor Ken Bickers, co-author of the study, says the overwhelming factor influencing this model is the economy.

The Silly season of politics

Aug. 17, 2012                        Ken Bickers

Whether it’s the press reporting a gaffe by Vice President Joe Biden or President Obama demanding to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns or Mitt Romney claiming ObamaCare is being paid for at the expense of Medicare, most of the mud slinging between the presidential campaigns just a few weeks before the convention is meaningless, says Ken Bickers, CU-Boulder political analyst and professor. It’s a period he calls the silly season of politics.

Earth still absorbing CO2 even as emissions rise

August 1, 2012                           Ashley Ballantyne

A just released study by CU-Boulder researchers reveals that despite human-caused carbon dioxide emissions quadrupling in the last several decades, Earth’s vegetation and oceans continue to soak up about half of them, lessening the warming impacts on Earth’s climate.

The study, led by CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher Ashley Ballantyne, looked at global CO2 emissions reports from the past 50 years and compared them with rising levels of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere during that time.

CU research helped propel amputee-sprinter Oscar Pistorius to Olympics

July 27, 2012           

University of Colorado Boulder researchers will be watching closely when South African bilateral leg amputee and sprinter Oscar Pistorius, dubbed “The Blade Runner,” makes his way to the starting block for the 400-meter sprint in the 2012 London Olympics.

That’s because studies by Professors Rodger Kram and Alena Grabowski of the integrative physiology department helped lead the way for Pistorius to compete in the Olympics.

Colorado agriculture outlook and the drought

July 27, 2012                        Richard Wobbekind

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warned that the worsening drought in the U.S. could mean higher prices for corn, produce and other agriculture products at the grocery store since crops yields will be lower then expected. For Colorado, what began as a stellar year for agriculture has slipped some, say Richard Wobbekind, an economist with CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. But, he says, over all agriculture in the state is still doing pretty well.

Why the unstable euro financial market hurts the U.S. economy

July 13, 2012                                                 Richard Wobbekind

Although the financial troubles of Spain and Greece are far away across the Atlantic Ocean, they are closer to home than you think and are affecting the American economy, says Richard Wobbekind, an economist with the CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business.

Colorado to see continued moderate growth in 2012, forecasts CU economist

July 5, 2012

The Colorado economy continues to grow at a modest pace in 2012, positioning the state among the healthier in growth nationally, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare

June 29, 2012                                                            Scott Moss

On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court largely upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or more commonly known as “ObamaCare,” by ruling that the individual mandate was constitutional.

Colorado and the race for the White House

June 22, 2012                                    Ken Bickers

Colorado has nine Electoral College votes. Compared to California’s 55 that doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But according to Ken Bickers, a political science professor at CU-Boulder, those votes are highly valued by both President Obama and Mitt Romney. That’s because, as Al Gore found out in 2000, in a close presidential race nine votes can make all the difference.

Celebrity Endorser: The good, the bad, and the ugly

June 15, 2012                                    Margaret Campbell


They endorse anything from cars to shoes to cosmetics. Celebrity endorsers are a big-time marketing tool but are they worth it?  A study by CU-Boulder’s Leed’s School of Business cautions marketers about the downside of using celebrities to promote their products. Margaret Campbell, co-author of the study, says negative associations with celebrities can outweigh whatever positive associations they might bring to the product brand they are endorsing.

Economy is key to winning the White House

June 8, 2012                                    Ken Bickers

Mitt Romney is on the attack and it’s clear the Republican presidential nominee will use the weak economy as the main weapon to unseat President Obama come November.  He recently called the president’s handling of the economy a “moral failure of tragic proportions.” This tactic doesn’t surprise CU-Boulder political science Professor Ken Bickers who says the economy will be the deciding factor in this election.

The history behind a rare astronomical event: The transit of Venus

June 1, 2012                                    Doug Duncan

A very unique and rare astronomical event is going to take place June 5. It’s called the Transit of Venus. On that day Venus passes between the Sun and Earth giving people a chance to see the planet against the backdrop of the solar disc, something that won’t happen again for 121 years.


Should we pay attention to the polls?

May 25, 2012                        Ken Bickers

With Mitt Romney now considered the presumptive GOP presidential nominee pollsters are daily asking who is in the lead in the race for the White House.

Right now most polls show President Obama and Governor Romney are very close – within a percentage point or two.

Job prospects for college graduates

May 7, 2012                             Lisa Severy                                  

Another sign that the economy appears to be recovering is that there are now more job opportunities for college graduates then in recent years, says CU-Boulder Career Services Director Lisa Severy.   

How the European financial crises might impact the recovering U.S. economy

April 13, 2012                                                Jay Kaplan

The key to continued economic recovery in the U.S. might rest in the hands of European banks. According to CU-Boulder economist Jay Kaplan, if the financial crises in Greece spreads to other European countries, causing large European banks to falter, then U.S. banks that invested in credit default swaps with those banks could face a financial catastrophe that would impact the U.S. economy.




Students, jobs and social media

April 2, 2012               Lisa Severy                     

Getting students to use social media is a no brainer – but getting them to use it in a professional manner can sometimes be a challenge.  Yet with 89 percent of recruiters using social media in 2011, CU-Boulder Career Services director Lisa Severy says focusing on a professional online presence is crucial for today’s students.

Obama vs. Republican candidates – what the polls say

March 23, 2012                                Kenneth Bickers

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s commanding win in the Illinois primary on Tuesday now gives him a lead of 300 delegates over Rick Santorum. According to some political analysts, this puts him in the driver’s seat to win the GOP presidential nomination.

With that in mind, how does he fare in the race for the White House? That depends on which poll you trust. One poll has him trailing President Obama by as much as 12 points while another poll has them tied with the president. But according to CU-Boulder political science professor Kenneth Bickers, it’s too early to put any stock in the polls.

Saints, heroes and legend

March 14, 2012            Ira Chernus           

According to folklore, Saint Patrick drove snakes from Ireland. Considering snakes are not indigenous to the shamrock isle, the tale is just one of many legends surrounding this most celebrated Irish icon. But true or not the snake lore is an example of a need by people, says CU-Boulder religious studies professor Ira Chernus, to create human-like figures with legendary powers.

Warmer spring temperatures compounding pine beetle epidemic

March 14, 2012       Jeffry Mitton/Scott Ferrenberg

Because of decades of warmer springtime temperatures, mountain pine beetles are now maturing sooner and flying earlier, according to a CU-Boulder study led by ecology and evolutionary biologist Jeffery Mitton. 

The result, says Mitton, is instead of producing only one generation of tree-killing offspring annually, some populations of pine beetles are now reproducing two generations per year.


Could there be a brokered GOP convention?

March 9, 2012                        Ken Bickers

His six victories on Super Tuesday gives Governor Mitt Romney 415 delegates – more than twice as many as any other candidate. But with only a few winner-take-all primaries remaining, can Romney reach the 1144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination before the August convention? Some political analyst say he’ll have at least 50 percent of the 1541 total delegates by that time, but will that be enough to make him the clear-cut winner?  If not, could we see a brokered convention? It’s that possibility that has political experts like CU-Boulder professor Ken Bickers saying this convention could be one of the most entertaining since 1976.

Can the Oglala Sioux Tribe win a $500 million lawsuit against the world’s largest beer makers?

March 1, 2012                   Sarah Krakoff

A $500 million law suit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe against some of the world’s largest beer makers, claiming they willfully contributed to destructive alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, is concise, fact based and tells a compelling story, says CU-Boulder law professor and Indian law expert Sarah Krakoff.

Why Mitt Romney is struggling

Feb. 27, 2012                Ken Bickers

Why is it that a few weeks ago, before the Colorado primary, it looked like Mitt Romney was firmly in control of getting the delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination, but now he’s in a dead-heat battle with Rick Santorum? One word can explain why, says CU-Boulder political science professor Ken Bickers.

Why gas prices affect presidential approval ratings

Feb. 24, 2012                Ken Bickers

Soaring gasoline prices at the pump could spell trouble for President Obama. According to CU-Boulder political science professor Ken Bickers, history has shown that gasoline prices can have a direct impact on presidential approval ratings.

Cross-disciplinary research at CU-Boulder

Feb. 17, 2012               Tom Cech

A smarter way of getting more out of its research dollars has taken hold at the University of Colorado Boulder. It’s called cross-disciplinary research and for students and faculty at the Biofrontiers Institute this approach offers them a better opportunity to advance human health.

CU-Boulder study shows global glaciers, ice caps shedding billions of tons of mass annually

Feb. 8, 2012               John Wahr

A team of CU-Boulder scientists have completed the first comprehensive satellite study of the world’s glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica and have found these regions are shedding roughly 150 billion tons of ice annually. The research team used satellite data gathered from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, for the study, says physics professor John Wahr (Waar).

The misperception of American political polarization

The misperception of American political polarization

Feb. 3, 2012                       Leaf Van Boven           

The American flag is red, white and blue but when it comes to politics Americans see the nation as Red and Blue. News outlets such as CNN and The New Yorker describe the growing political polarization between Republicans and Democrats. But according to Leaf Van Boven, a psychologist at CU-Boulder who just completed a study on polarization, data shows Americans are much less polarized politically then many people believe.

Nutrition labels can lead even most health conscious consumers astray

Jan. 2012                                   Donald Lichtenstein

Your food choice may not be as healthy as you think. New research by Donald Lichtenstein, CU-Boulder professor of the Leeds School of Business, reveals how food manufacturers are trying to make their products appear more nutritional.  It’s a tactic he calls the “Health Framing Effect.”

A quick GOP presidential nomination? Not so fast!

The Republican Party has implemented new rules this primary that could lead to a longer nomination process without a clear frontrunner. In a race, unlike any before in the GOP’s history, this year’s nomination process will be one to watch, says CU-Boulder Political Science Professor Ken Bickers.

As Voyager 1 nears edge of solar system, a CU scientist look back

CU-Boulder planetary scientist Larry Esposito remembering the Voyager mission.

CU-Boulder expert on Middle East talks about turmoil in Iraq

An arrest warrant charging Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al-Hashemi, the country's highest-ranking Sunni political figure, that he ran hit squads targeting government officials, may signal the beginning of the end of national reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites, says Nabil Echchaibi (Ek-Sha-Be), an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Echchaibi's research includes identity, religion and the role of media in shaping and reflecting modern religious perspectives among Muslims in the Middle East.

CU-Boulder researchers to study water resources in Asian mountains

The United States Agency for International Development has asked a University of Colorado Boulder research team to find out how much snow and glacier melt actually contribute to water resources originating in the high mountains of Asia that straddle ten countries.

CU-Boulder researcher Richard Armstrong says the study came about after erroneous reports surfaced that glaciers were melting faster in the Himalayas than anywhere else in the world. Though the reports were unfounded, he says they were causing concern in the region that catastrophic flooding might happen in the future.

CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business 2012 Colorado economic forecast

Colorado continues on the road to recovery, adding jobs in 2012 following a positive year in 2011, says economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Listen to his comments on the overall forecast for Colorado, the Nation and the various regions of the state and sectors of the economy.

Dealing with holiday stress

The winter holidays can be filled with family fun, parties and laughter. At the same time, the busy holiday schedule, along with family expectations, can create tension and stress. Jan Johnson, a psychologist at CU-Boulder's office of Counseling and Psychological Services, offers some tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

Thanksgiving combines myths, traditions and truths

Over the centuries Thanksgiving in America has meant many things to many people. But, did you know that this traditional day of thanks is full of myths and half-truths, says Chris Lewis, an American Studies instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Preparation key to stretching shopping dollar

Holiday shoppers prepare! That's what Donald Lichtenstein, a business professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is urging holiday shoppers to do this year. He says, take the time to prepare yourself, including researching price, quality and brands, before you hit the stores or Internet.

First ever cast bronze artifact unearthed in Alaska

A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered something out of place for the region – a prehistoric bronze artifact made from a cast - the first ever found in Alaska. According to CU-Boulder researcher John Hoffecker, the artifact is a small, buckle-like object that was found in an ancient Eskimo dwelling estimated to be about 1,000-years-old.

Six months after bin Laden assassination: United States – Pakistan relations

Since the killing of Osama bin Laden six months ago by American forces in Pakistan, relations between the two countries remain strained.

Growing global CO2 emissions huge cause for concern

Reports of growing global CO2 emissions is a huge cause for concern, says Jim White, director of the CU-Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and an expert on ice cores and climate change.

La Niña to influence winter weather again

For the second winter in a row, La Niña will influence weather patterns across the country but instead of the near record snowpack that buried much of the Colorado mountains last winter, chances are we’ll be looking at only slightly above average precipitation this winter, says Klaus Wolter, a CU-Boulder and NOAA atmospheric scientist.

Ski fitness tips

Recent snowstorms in the mountains have Colorado skiers dreaming about fresh powder.

A decade later: Afghanistan, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the war on terrorism

In Oct. 2001, the U.S. attacked Afghanistan to eliminate the terrorist stronghold of the Taliban and al Qaeda. Months later both had been routed, their leaders fleeing across the border into Pakistan’s tribal region. The war was over. Or so everyone thought.

CU-Boulder team discovery of ancient Mayan road could be clue to how villagers survived volcanic blast

An excavation team led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers has uncovered another piece to the puzzle of a small village frozen in time.

The team, led by anthropologist Payson Sheets, recently discovered a road called a “sacbe” (SOCK-bay) that was used by the people of the ancient Mayan village of Ceren in El Salvador  - a village that was buried by a volcanic eruption some 1,400 years ago.

Will the President’s jobs plan work?

President Obama is barnstorming the country to promote his American Jobs Act bill with the premise that spending money now will pay off later for the country. According to CU-Boulder economist Jay Kaplan, the president’s claim is based on basic economic principles.

Are we heading towards another recession?

The International Monetary Fund issued a warning that Europe’s debt problems and a sluggish U.S. economy is in danger of undermining global economic growth and sending us into another recession. But, according to Jay Kaplan, an a senior instructor in economics at the University of Colorado Boulder, depending on how you look at it we’re already in a recession or will be there soon.

Super committee designed to fail, says CU-Boulder political science professor

The congressional “super committee,” a joint select committee of six Democrats and six Republicans, begins work this week on creating a bi-partisan plan to cut at least $1.2 trillion from the federal budget by the end of the year. Many political analysts, including University of Colorado Boulder’s Ken Bickers, says this is a daunting task that has little chance of success.

Colorado business leaders’ confidence wanes slightly going into third quarter, says CU Leeds School Index

Colorado business leaders remained confident, although generally less optimistic about the economy looking ahead to the third quarter, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

America’s deadliest war also is most memorialized, says CU-Boulder professor

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Within months after the South Carolina militia fired the first shots at Fort Sumter in April of 1861, the largest armed forces ever gathered on the North American continent met at Manassas, Virginia, launching the country into four years of brutal fighting. More than 600,000 soldiers, Union and Confederate, would die by war’s end making this the deadliest American conflict and the most memorialized.

United States debt limit dilemma

Pres. Obama and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have warned that if Congress does not raise the national debt ceiling by Aug. 2, the government is at risk of defaulting on its debt obligations and triggering a global financial crisis.

Just how serious is this assessment? According to CU-Boulder economist Jay Kaplan, it's pretty serious.

CU-Boulder study indicates thawing permafrost will likely accelerate global warming

Up to two-thirds of Earth’s permafrost likely will disappear within the next two hundred years because of warming temperature, unleashing vast quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere says a new study by CU-Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

CU-Boulder ranks No. 1 nationally for Peace Corps volunteers

For the first time in its history, the University of Colorado Boulder is ranked No. 1 in the nation for graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers in 2011 with 117 undergraduate alumni currently serving overseas, the Peace Corps announced today.


The protest in Egypt

Jan. 29, 2011                        

Haytham Bahoora, assistant professor of Arabic studies in the Asian languages and civilizations department, talks about the current social and political issues contributing to the protests and civil unrest in Egypt and Yemen. Bahoora lived and studied in Cairo and also can comment on modern social and political movements.


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