News Releases

January 7, 1999

The earliest humans who peopled Australia some 55,000 years ago may have inadvertently disrupted the continent's food chain by burning vast areas of native vegetation, resulting in the extinction of most large animal species.

January 7, 1999

Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado at Boulder will present a series of monthly astronomy shows this spring that will take viewers from black holes to the very edges of the universe.

The monthly sky shows, in addition to the regular Friday evening and Tuesday evening programs, will be led by noted CU astronomers and will use the planetarium’s versatile imagery to visualize the cosmos. The in-depth presentations are intended for adults and children age 12 and over.

January 6, 1999

Dennis Van Gerven, a CU-Boulder anthropology professor known for his collection of Nubian mummies and lively classroom presentations, will be the first featured speaker in a winter-spring lecture series at the Boulder Public Library beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Van Gerven's talk on "Bones, Bodies and Disease in Ancient Nubia" kicks off the spring Chancellor's Community Lecture Series, which will feature CU arts, science and music faculty. The talk is at 7:30 p.m. in the library's main auditorium.

January 5, 1999

In the not-too-distant future, University of Colorado at Boulder students will find that registering for classes will be as easy as tapping their computer keyboards.

Some 900 sophomores and freshman took advantage of a pilot program in web registration when they signed up for spring classes in November and found the experimental web registration to their liking.

January 5, 1999

William E. Briggs, who taught mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder both before and after he served 16 years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 4 following a long illness. He was 73.

Briggs became dean of arts and sciences on July 1, 1964, after serving one year as the acting dean, and held that position until he retired in 1980, at which time he received a medal for outstanding service.

December 28, 1998

Local senior citizens are invited to explore reference publications, view rare photograph collections and learn how to use computers during "Senior Day at Norlin Library," at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The event will be held Jan. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Center for British Studies in Norlin Library room M549. The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries, an organization that encourages community members to use university library resources.

"Senior Day at Norlin Library," is free and open to the public and reservations are not required.

December 21, 1998

The Graduate Teacher Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder has received the 1998 Program Award for Excellence in Professional Development from the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.

The award was presented at the organization's annual awards dinner in Braintree, Mass., in November. It was the only such award presented nationally.

The award was accepted on behalf of GTP Director Laura Border by graduate student Tim Benner. Benner, a former president of CU-Boulder's NAGPS chapter, received a President's Award for outstanding service.

December 18, 1998

Editors: Enclosed are the names of degree candidates from your area. This list was accurate as of Dec. 18 and is subject to final grade reports.

Local students were among the 1,799 students receiving degrees Dec. 19 in winter commencement ceremonies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

December 17, 1998

University of Colorado chemistry Professor David Nesbitt will present the final CU Wizards program of the semester, "Chemistry is Fun," on Saturday, Dec. 26.

The program will be in the Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, room 140, at 9:30 a.m.

Nesbitt will use exciting visual displays and experiments to illustrate the basic concepts of chemistry. He plans to produce several explosions, show how liquids mix or don't mix, demonstrate the effects of temperature on chemical reactions and explain how fireworks get their colorful glows.

December 17, 1998

Pia Griffith, daughter of Don and Alice Renton of Boulder, has received a scholarship from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education for the 1998-99 academic year.

The $1,000 Lillian Gutierrez Scholarship is awarded to a student who is committed to working with members of an underrepresented, ethnic minority group.

James Tingley, son of Al and Holly Tingley of Monument, received a scholarship from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was awarded the Martha Hall Adopt-A-Teacher Scholarship from the School of Education for the 1998-99 academic year.