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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Listen to CU-Boulder and LASP researcher David Brain talk about MAVEN Orbit insertion around Mars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/07/16/colorado-see-continued-growth-2013-forecasts-cu-economist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
CU-Boulder planetary scientist Larry Esposito remembering the Voyager mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the killing of Osama bin Laden six months ago by American forces in Pakistan, relations between the two countries remain strained.
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.
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.
Recent snowstorms in the mountains have Colorado skiers dreaming about fresh powder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.