News Releases

September 15, 2005

The economic effects of Hurricane Katrina could linger for local charities and the tourism industry in Colorado, according to University of Colorado at Boulder economist Richard Wobbekind.

"I think the hurricane has the potential to impact the nonprofit communities in Colorado," said Wobbekind, director of the Business Research Division in the Leeds School of Business. "We saw a dramatic drop-off in local giving after Sept. 11 and to a lesser degree after the tsunami.

September 14, 2005

International student numbers at the University of Colorado at Boulder will drop 6 percent this year, following a trend throughout the United States that has intensified as national security measures tighten and the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia move to attract students discouraged by U.S. policies.

International student enrollment peaked on the Boulder campus in 2002 at 1,165 and has been soft or declining since then, following a downward trend in international student numbers nationwide, said Larry Bell, director of the CU-Boulder Office of International Education.

September 14, 2005

Landscape paintings depicting high mountains and polar regions by internationally known University of Colorado at Boulder glaciologist Mark Meier will be on display at the Boulder Public Library and at his home studio from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9.

Meier, the former director of CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research who has conducted research from Greenland to the South Pole, will display his paintings at the library and at his home as part of the Boulder Open Studios project. His paintings have been displayed, commissioned and sold in the United States and Europe.

September 14, 2005

"Highlights of the CU Art Museum's Permanent Collection," a free public exhibit presented by the University of Colorado at Boulder Friends of the Libraries, will take place Sept. 30 at the University of Colorado at Boulder Art Museum.

Exhibit curator and director of the CU Art Museum Lisa Tamaris Becker will discuss some of the works on display at the 7 p.m. event. The exhibit includes Pre-Columbian ceramics, Goya, Rembrandt, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Warhol and many others. A catered reception will follow the presentation.

September 13, 2005

A new survey of the world's top universities cited in the Sept. 8 issue of The Economist ranks the University of Colorado at Boulder as the 11th best public university.

A total of 500 international institutions were ranked in the 2005 survey, undertaken by the Institute for Higher Education at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. The survey ranked Harvard University first, followed by Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of California-Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among all universities, both public and private.

September 13, 2005

As part of their "low- to no-petroleum" pledge for the 2005 Solar Decathlon competition, University of Colorado students are getting ready to transport their solar home to Washington, D.C., this month using 100 percent biodiesel fuel made from vegetable oil.

The 800-square-foot solar home, which is now in the final week of construction, is scheduled to begin its cross-country journey Sept. 21 and will arrive in the nation's capital Sept. 29.

September 13, 2005

An Aboriginal tribe's knowledge of the stars, and its culture, stories and music will be explored at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Fiske Planetarium Sept. 22-23.

John Stocke, a CU-Boulder professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences, will be joined by Aboriginal elder Bill Yidumduma Harney and Australian storyteller and educator Paul Taylor to present "Aboriginal Skies" at 7:30 p.m. on both days. Harney, an elder of the Wardaman tribe of the Northern Territory in Australia, will share his traditional knowledge of Aboriginal life, land and sky.

September 13, 2005

The extraordinary politics, science and secrecy of the former Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory are now part of an Internet multimedia "virtual museum exhibit" developed by University of Colorado at Boulder Associate Professor Len Ackland and a team of researchers.

The "Rocky Flats Virtual Exhibit" is an experimental project that uses audio, video, photographs and text to describe a potentially catastrophic 1969 fire at the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant eight miles south of Boulder. The exhibit is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU-Boulder.

September 12, 2005

The University of Colorado at Boulder received $257.6 million in sponsored research awards during the 2005 fiscal year, roughly half of it from the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The 2005 sponsored research total was down by about 1 percent from last year's record total of $259.7 million received by CU-Boulder. The campus first topped the $200 million mark in 1999.

September 12, 2005

A team of University of Colorado at Boulder geophysicists is leading a study funded by the National Science Foundation to precisely measure the ground movement and earthquake potential of the Rio Grande Rift in Colorado and New Mexico.

Using state-of-the-art Global Positioning System instruments at 24 sites in Colorado and New Mexico, the research team will track the rift's movement in millimeters during most of the next three years. The study will provide unprecedented data about the volcanically active region.