News Releases

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.

October 13, 1998

More than 300 students, faculty and alumni of CU-Boulder's MBA program will volunteer their time to various non-profit organizations on National Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 24.

Eight Boulder County agencies – including Boulder Valley Schools, the Humane Society and Boulder Community Safe House – have designed projects for the MBA teams to work on.

"The College is fortunate to have a group of graduate students so committed to community service," said Interim Dean Dipankar Chakravarti. "They are a bright and active group."

October 13, 1998

The University of Colorado at Boulder will air the 15th annual World Food Day satellite teleconference live on Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a discussion led by CU economics Professor Charles Howe.

The teleconference and discussion will be held in room 4 of the Coors Events/Conference Center on the CU campus. The public is invited to attend the free event.

October 13, 1998

Jim Hansen, an All Big-Eight tackle and 1992-93 team captain at the University of Colorado who shunned a chance to play in the National Football League in favor of a Rhodes Scholarship, has received his doctorate from Oxford.

October 13, 1998

Most people know what to do when they open their front doors on Oct. 31st and find themselves confronted by a vampire, a mummy and a werewolf: they give them some candy.

According to CU-Boulder Professor Michael Preston, the history of trick-or-treating is an interesting and varied one. And today, "There's much more adult humor. There is an awful lot of cross-dressing," said Preston, as opposed to past generations, when there was not as much emphasis on disguise. For example:

October 12, 1998

Dipankar Chakravarti, the Ortloff Professor of Business at the College of Business and Administration at CU-Boulder, has been named interim dean of the college, while a committee begins a search this fall for a permanent dean.

Chakravarti replaces Larry Singell, who has returned to a faculty position in the economics department.

October 12, 1998

University of Colorado football fans will have a chance to help Boulder’s needy families while they cheer on the Buffs by donating food at the Oct. 17 home game.

CU-Boulder and Community Food Share will host a food drive at Folsom Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Buffs take on Texas Tech. Canned and other non-perishable food or money contributions will be collected by student athletes and various CU coaches as fans enter the stadium.

A free pass to a CU men’s or women’s basketball or volleyball game will be given to each person who makes a contribution.

October 12, 1998

A look at the future of Colorado's tourism industry and an analysis of the state's economic dependence on tourism will be among the topics discussed at the 1998 Colorado Travel and Tourism Conference, Oct. 29 and 30.

The conference, which will be held in the University Memorial Center on the CU-Boulder campus, is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Tourism, a research and service center in the College of Business and Administration, and the Colorado Travel and Tourism Authority.

October 12, 1998

Distinguished Professor Carl E. Wieman of the University of Colorado at Boulder has been named the recipient of the 1999 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science from the American Physical Society.

The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research that uses lasers to advance knowledge of the fundamental properties of materials and their interaction with light. The prize is named for the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who played a major role in developing the laser and its applications and includes a $10,000 award.