News Releases

March 18, 1999

Two rising stars in the field of physics have been hired to teach and conduct research at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The appointments of Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn as tenured professors of physics were approved March 18 by the CU Board of Regents.

The husband and wife team will join the physics department in mid-August. They also will be fellows of JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

March 18, 1999

The University of Colorado at Boulder has added seven new programs to current choices undergraduate students have for studying abroad.

"The new programs offer the students more study abroad options to choose from," said Sylvie Burnet-Jones, director of the CU-Boulder study abroad office. Several programs are unique in that they are directed by CU-Boulder faculty or are the only programs of their kind to be offered to undergraduates.

March 18, 1999

Eight graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder were cited for excellence in 1999 in selected disciplines ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

CU-Boulder’s Ph.D. program in atomic and molecular physics was ranked fourth in the nation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked first, followed by Harvard and Stanford.

Overall, CU-Boulder's doctoral program in physics tied for 25th best in the nation along with the Ohio State University and Rice University.

March 17, 1999

The Study Abroad Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships and four exchange positions to students enrolled in study abroad programs this spring.

Students were awarded scholarships and exchange positions based on financial need, academic standing and the student's ability to write and be a good ambassador for the university and the United States.

March 16, 1999

A cornerstone ceremony for the new Humanities building at the University of Colorado at Boulder will be held on Friday, March 19, at 4 p.m.

At the ceremony, which will be held at the building construction site on Norlin Quadrangle, the cornerstone will be set and a time capsule placed behind the cornerstone.

March 16, 1999

WHO: University of Colorado at Boulder Ski & Snowboard Club members together with students from Boulder’s Family Learning Center (FLC) after-school program.

WHAT: Ski Club members will host the FLC students to a free morning of skiing lessons, a pizza lunch and then an afternoon of skiing and mentoring with club members.

WHEN: Friday, March 19

March 15, 1999

A plan to address a pigeon problem at the University of Colorado's Family Housing Newton Court complex will get underway this week.

The Family Housing Tenant Council, an elected body of representatives living in family housing, recently reviewed a list of pigeon prevention methods and approved the option of trapping and relocating the pigeons.

The Tenant Council also approved a strict policy to address and hold accountable residents who may harbor, feed or attract pigeons to their balconies or patios.

March 15, 1999

Blatant thievery among colonies of tiny tropical ants may allow them to proposer in part because the species is more peaceful than the vast majority of its closely related relatives, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder study.

The odd practice of food theft among neighboring colonies of the ant species Ectatomma ruidum is fostered by "chemical camouflage" used by larcenous ants to enter nearby nests, said CU-Boulder biology Professor Michael Breed. Success also depends on the vigilance of guard ants posted at nest entrances to eject intruders.

March 12, 1999

Plans for updating and improving dining options are in the works at the University of Colorado at Boulder, host of the National Association of College and University Food Services Regional Conference March 21-24 at the University Memorial Center.

"Escape to Planet Boulder: Experience the Difference" is the theme of the conference. Representatives from more than 20 universities are expected to attend. Areas represented include Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada.

March 11, 1999

Professor Lord Colin Renfrew of Cambridge University, considered by many experts to be the premier archaeologist in the world, will give a lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder on March 20.

Renfrew will present the 1999 Distinguished Archaeology lecture titled "The Origins of Linguistic Diversity -- Towards a World View." Sponsored by the CU-Boulder anthropology department and funded by a department alumnus, the free public talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 270 of the Hale Science Building.