News Releases

October 21, 1998

A University of Colorado at Boulder-based space center will fly eight experiments on the Oct. 29 mission of NASA's space shuttle Discovery, which marks the return to space of former Mercury astronaut John Glenn.

BioServe Space Technologies, a joint venture between NASA, CU-Boulder and Kansas State University, will undertake a variety of industry-driven, life-science experiments on the 10-day spaceflight of Columbia, said David Klaus of aerospace engineering sciences, BioServe's mission manager for the flight.

October 19, 1998

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Colorado at Boulder $3.1 million to support the Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center.

The grant marks the joining of CU-Boulder to an elite group of 25 universities funded by NSF’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center program, which includes Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Princeton and Stanford. The funding is spread over four years and is renewable.

October 19, 1998

A University of Colorado at Boulder professor is part of a science team working with a miniaturized, futuristic space probe capable of navigating its own way through space and powered by a solar-electric propulsion system.

October 19, 1998

On Halloween, the CU Wizards series will combine physics, chemistry and engineering to fascinate local children with a presentation titled "liquid crystals."

Professors Noel Clark, David Walba and Joe Maclennan of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Chris Conery of Broomfield High School will teach children some of the basic concepts of liquid crystals using exciting experiments and lively visual displays.

The presentation will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m. in the Duane Physics building, room G-030, on the CU-Boulder campus.

October 19, 1998

The murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is an outrage and unacceptable to our society. Shepard was beaten, pistol-whipped, tied to a fence and left to die by several young people because of his sexual orientation. Any student death brings sadness. A death caused by this particular kind of violence is appalling. As educators, we work diligently to promote acceptance between diverse groups. When violence and death occur because of hate against an individual’s differences, it affects all of us.

October 16, 1998

University of Colorado at Boulder students interested in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in November.

Interested CU-Boulder students need to obtain preliminary applications for the scholarship by contacting J.D. Meiss at 303-492-3731 by Nov.1. Students must submit their preliminary applications by Nov. 15.

October 15, 1998

The McNair Scholars Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder is still accepting applications for spring 1999 academic programs through Oct. 23.

Designed to help students who are underrepresented in graduate education earn doctoral degrees, the program is named for Ronald McNair, an African-American astronaut killed in the 1986 Challenger shuttle explosion.

October 14, 1998

The times have changed for a CU-Boulder panel discussion on school safety being held in conjunction with the Oct. 15 White House Conference on School Safety.

The White House conference will be downlinked from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. MDT via satellite to the Coors Events/Conference Center, room 4, followed by a local panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

The White House panel will feature First Lady Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Attorney General Janel Reno and Education Secretary Richard Riley.

October 14, 1998

A rash of school shootings in rural and suburban areas has alarmed the nation but most schools are very safe, according to a nationally renowned expert in juvenile violence at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"It's much safer to be in a school than at home or in the streets in front of your home," said Delbert Elliott, professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. The school shootings shocked people because of where they occurred.

October 13, 1998

CU-Boulder’s Delbert Elliott, a leading expert on youth violence, on Oct. 14 will announce the release of a groundbreaking book on the causes of youth violence and strategies for preventing it.

"Violence in American Schools: A New Perspective," is co-edited by Elliott and includes chapters written by more than 20 experts from a range of disciplines – including criminology, public health and developmental psychology.

Elliott will be part of a news conference introducing the book at 10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Washington, D.C.