October 1, 2012 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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Colorado business confidence mostly unchanged says CU Leeds School index

Colorado business leaders’ attitudes remained almost unchanged going into the fourth quarter, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the Leeds School of Business.

The LBCI’s reading remained positive, above the critical mark of 50, but fell from 53.6 in the third quarter to 51.6 in the fourth. A reading greater than 50 indicates positive expectations, while one lower than 50 indicates negative expectations.

Staff Council Update: Annual ice cream social a big hit, more events on the way

On Sept. 6, more than five hundred Boulder campus staff turned out to enjoy sunshine and ice cream on the east terrace of the Center for Community. The event included a DJ and more than 20 vendor and campus benefit program tables, and proved a fun and informative day for the attendees. Two additional Staff Council events are scheduled for the fall semester.

Leading quantitative conservation biologist named CU’s first Colorado Chair in Environmental Studies

The University of Colorado Boulder has hired its first Colorado Chair in Environmental Studies, an endowed chair awarded to Daniel Doak, a conservation biologist known for his quantitative analysis of how different government policies could affect

CU’s biotechnology building earns LEED platinum rating

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology building has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, platinum rating -- the highest possible evaluation -- from the United States Green Building C

Community Notes

Hands applauding

Student Affairs honors Cecilia Valenzuela with Faculty of the Year Award

Cecilia Valenzuela of the Department of Ethnic Studies is awarded the Faculty of the Year Award for her outstanding work both inside and out of the classroom.

Boulder ranked No. 3 best small city for college students

For the 2012-2013 school year, Boulder placed #3 in the ranking of the best small cities in the country for college students in an index released by the American Institute for Economic Research.

Vice Chancellor for Research Chat Series - Oct. 30, MRI Proposals

The campus is usually allowed only three proposals as part of NSF’s MRI competition. Join us Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in UMC 235, for a panel of past awardees discussing what goes into a successful proposal and also a chance for individuals/groups to network and see if there are opportunities to work together and produce fewer, stronger, pre-proposals. Note – this year the internal MRI competition will be run earlier than usual to allow more time for final proposal development.

CAN LAB research image of brain

Paid research participants wanted

CU-Boulder researchers are seeking right-handed individuals 23-50 years old with no neurological impairment, no current or past major psychiatric disorder, and no metal implants/pacemakers for laboratory and brain imaging (fMRI) studies. Eligible participants will be paid $200 over the course of 6 weeks, with 2 fMRI scans, plus opportunities for additional compensation.

A photo of the Capitol Steps in concert

CU Presents: Capitol Steps! CU discounts available

Thursday Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium | They put the MOCK in Democracy! A hilarious, satirical spin on modern politics, the Capitol Steps use music to shine light on many issues that paint the American political landscape. If you're tired of reading the same old dreary headlines, come hear them in a song for a change of pace.

Car on I-25 near Broadway

I-25 to close Wednesday evening for Presidential Debate


On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 3, Interstate 25 will be completely closed in both directions from the Santa Fe Drive (US 85) interchange to the Hampden Avenue (US 285) interchange for the 2012 presidential debate at the University of Denver. Although all closures, dates and times are subject to change, it is anticipated that the six-mile portion of I-25 will be closed from approximately 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Federal authorities requested the closure to help ensure safety during the presidential debate.

How we revive democracy: Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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