January 14, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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CU-Boulder has gone Google

CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff now have access to collaborative Google Accounts (Drive/Docs, Sites, Calendar, and more) using their university credentials. This does not impact current e-mail systems or e-mail delivery. Those who previously accessed personal Google accounts with their @colorado.edu email address will be prompted to resolve account conflicts with their new CU-Boulder account.

Seasonal flu levels high, protect yourself and others

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu season began early this year and symptoms have been more severe than usual. The CDC has characterized the national situation as “high flu activity” and the state of Colorado falls into this category (see more at the CDC FluView report.) Wardenburg Health Center has seen large numbers of students with flu symptoms since November.

Construction on campus utilities resuming near Center for Community/Leeds/Regent

Construction on campus utilities in the vicinity of the Center for Community, Leeds School of Business, and Regent Administrative Center will resume later this week. The construction activity, which is part of a larger project to provide efficient heating and cooling while significantly reducing the university’s carbon emissions, was delayed in December 2012 due to unexpected circumstances. A directional boring followed by a pipe pull is scheduled for early February, with construction in the area expected to wrap up by mid-February. 

New solar panels on campus double CU-Boulder’s solar power production

A new array of solar panels installed at CU-Boulder has doubled solar power production on campus to about 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough to power about 200 average-sized houses. The installation will help CU-Boulder power the campus, reduce energy costs and work toward carbon neutrality, as well as meet Colorado Amendment 37 requirements. Colorado Amendment 37 was passed by voters in 2004 to mandate 20 percent use of renewable energy statewide by 2020.

Oil and gas wells contribute fuel for ozone pollution, CIRES researchers find

Emissions from oil and natural gas operations north of Denver could add to ozone pollution in that region, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CU-led study shows pine beetle outbreak buffers watersheds from nitrate pollution

A research team involving several scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder has found an unexpected silver lining in the devastating pine beetle outbreaks ravaging the West: Such events do not harm water quality in adjacent streams as sci

Community Notes

CU Women Succeeding

11th Annual CU Women Succeeding Professional Development Symposium

Please join the Women’s Committee of the Faculty Council for the 11th Annual CU Women Succeeding Professional Development Symposium. Participants will learn tips for success at CU by participating in a series of workshops and presentations addressing many aspects of academic life. The symposium is free and CU faculty members are encouraged to register & attend.

CU Parking Map

2012-2013 Parking Map

Is your department or office in need of new 2012-2013 parking maps? Parking Services updates and prints a parking map at the beginning of each academic year that can be used for campus distribution. If you would like a few copies for your office, students, or visitors please let us know!


It's a new year and there's a new Desire2Learn!

Desire2Learn was upgraded over the winter break. The new version includes a new interface, usability improvements, new functionality, and fixes for a number of bugs and other known issues (learn more).

Scholarships Still Available: Free Leadership & Stress Management Training - Free for All Students this Week!

Thanks to a grant from the CU Student Government, the Yoga & Meditation Club is offering full scholarships for all full-time students to a leadership and stress management workshop this week in the UMC. Please click for details and forward to your students who you think may be interested.

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