News Releases

October 23, 1997

More than 100 sandstone pillars in New Mexico reaching heights of 20 feet above ground appear to be giant, fossilized termite nests roughly 155 million years old, according to new research by a team of Colorado scientists.

“These probably are the world’s largest trace fossils,” said University of Colorado at Boulder research associate Stephen Hasiotis, who led the study. Trace fossils -- the tracks, trails and burrows left by organisms -- help scientists reconstruct past biodiversity conditions and ancient ecosystems, he said.

October 22, 1997

The University of Colorado at Boulder will sponsor a program of memorial events Friday, Oct. 24, in honor of Keith Roberts Porter, founder and first chair of CU’s department of molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

Porter died May 2, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

October 21, 1997

Chairman of the Czech Republic’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former ambassador to the United States, Michael Zantovsky, is scheduled to give a public lecture on NATO’s enlargement Thursday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

October 21, 1997

Editors: Photographers are welcome at the performance Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. Contact Kristin Anderson, Macky Auditorium director, at 492-8423 for information.

More than 2,000 area students will attend a Lyric Theatre for Children performance of “Guys and Dolls” at the University of Colorado at Boulder Thursday, Oct. 23.

Fourth- through sixth-graders from Boulder, Denver, Aurora, Arvada, Englewood, Grover, Longmont, Littleton, Northglenn, Westminster, Windsor and Fort Collins will attend the performance.

October 21, 1997

EDITORS: A media tour of the Benson Earth Sciences Building led by Miller will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 starting at the building’s west entrance. A complete schedule of Oct. 30 dedication events is attached.

A new $14.5 million geology building at the University of Colorado at Boulder should help change outdated perceptions about geologists, says department chair Gifford Miller.

Contrary to what many people believe, modern geology isn't done just by people in khaki pants banging on rocks with a hammer, he says.

October 17, 1997

CU-Boulder faculty and staff are being encouraged to “Slam Dunk Our CCC Goal!” by continuing to show strong support for the annual Colorado Combined Campaign as the campus kicks off its ninth year. The CCC gets underway on campus Oct. 20.

The Colorado Combined Campaign is a state-wide program for channeling employee contributions to more than 600 Colorado charities. Last year the campus raised $145,000 for the campaign.

October 17, 1997

The Women’s Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host an address by leading black feminist sociologist Patricia Hill Collins on Oct. 29.

Collins will speak on “Moving Beyond Gender: Race, Class and Scientific Knowledge,” at 7:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in the CU Heritage Center following the presentation.

October 15, 1997

Paul Tabolt, vice chancellor for administration at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is reviewing additional options for funding CU-Boulder’s proposed ECO Pass after receiving dozens of comments for and against the plan.

Tabolt decided today to ask the ECO Pass Project Team to bring additional funding ideas for his consideration. He made the decision in response to faculty objections and a Boulder Faculty Assembly (BFA) resolution calling for additional evaluation.

October 13, 1997

Scholars who study behavioral decision-making will attend a marketing camp at the University of Colorado at Boulder this week to present research and discuss trends.

The camp, sponsored by CU and coordinated by marketing professors Dilip Soman and Dipankar Chakravarti, is a precursor to the national Association for Consumer Research conference in Denver. It begins Tuesday evening at the Boulder Broker Inn at 30th Street and Baseline Road and resumes at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday.

October 10, 1997

About 100 high school seniors from Brush, Keenesburg, Parker, Aurora, Littleton, Lakewood and Greenwood Village will visit the University of Colorado at Boulder on Oct. 16.

The students are members of the Colorado-Wyoming Junior Academy of Science, an organization that promotes an interest in science among secondary students.

While on campus they will meet with CU-Boulder faculty and students in astronomy, biology, chemistry, paleontology and physics. On the schedule are visits to specialists in snakes, conservation ecology, neuropsychology, engineering and genetics.