News Releases

June 29, 1999

James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address at a national workshop in Boulder on July 11.

Witt will speak on the opening day of the 24th annual hazards research and applications workshop hosted by the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

June 28, 1999

Editors: A library of photographs and slides is available from this year’s trip. Contact Kent Zimmerman 303-492-8484.

It just keeps getting better and better … that’s the verdict on CU-Boulder’s second annual Colorado traveling seminar, which looks set to become a regular fixture on the university calendar.

At 6 a.m. on May 17, the Monday after commencement, this road show rolled out of Boulder taking 20 people on a tour-with-a-difference to southern parts of the state.

June 28, 1999

Sun Microsystems of Sunnyvale, Calif., has donated $195,000 in major computer equipment to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s space program that is expected to strengthen CU’s already formidable international role in astrophysics.

The donation includes 13 new workstations, two computer servers and two state-of-the-art disk arrays. The Sun equipment will be used by undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral students and faculty, said Michael Shull, chair of the astrophysical and planetary sciences department.

June 25, 1999

In the months leading up to the new millennium, people can expect some eye-catching meteor showers in the night sky but nothing on the cataclysmic, world-threatening scale of the movie "Deep Impact."

That’s the prediction from Katy Garmany, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the university’s Fiske Planetarium.

Garmany says star-watchers who can escape the glare of city lights and find a nice dark place in the mountains or grasslands of Colorado could be rewarded with a couple of spectacular shows.

June 25, 1999

From computers and fuel supplies to emergency services and snow plowing, systems at CU-Boulder are being tested and checked to ensure they can cope with anything the so-called Millennium Bug can throw at them.

"Guarded optimism" is the key phrase among the many people contributing to the Y2K contingency plan as the university prepares itself for any possible problems.

June 25, 1999

Middle school girls who will enter the seventh or eighth grade this fall are invited to attend an Energy Education Workshop offered by the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

June 24, 1999

University of Colorado Regents approved a five-year contract Thursday, June 24, with Ceal Barry, head coach of women’s basketball at CU-Boulder. Under the contract, Barry will receive compensation worth at least $219,600 per year.

The multi-year contract is permitted under Colorado statutes as one of six such agreements allowed for each state university. Barry’s contract is effective with the 1998-99 fiscal year, continuing until June 2003.

June 24, 1999

The University of Colorado Board of Regents approved a revised CU-Boulder campus diversity plan at its June 24 meeting held at the University of Colorado at Denver. An annual "report card" containing data and campus input will be issued each year to document progress.

The plan, "Diversity and Equity: A Blueprint for Action," contains input from campus groups that was not included in the original plan approved by the board in December 1998.

June 24, 1999

Silvery-blue ice clouds known as noctilucent clouds that appear each year in the far northern and southern latitudes in the middle atmosphere were spotted over Colorado for the first time on June 22.

June 24, 1999

A state-of the-art, $962,000 optical-measurement facility based at the University of Colorado at Boulder funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles will be dedicated on campus at the JILA facility June 28.

A joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, JILA was founded in 1962. JILA is world-renowned for its innovative developments in lasers and optical science.