March 15, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

VC Research News: Making Research Data Management work

CU-Boulder researchers now both produce a vast amount of digital data as well as rely more than ever on the use of data to enable new forms of inquiry and discovery. Thus the rapidly growing body of research data must be curated, archived, and preserved to ensure discoverability, access, and reuse. Over the last year, as part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research's Research Computing Initiative, the Data Management Task Force (DMTF) assessed the current state of Research Data Management (RDM) at CU-Boulder, using surveys, review of peer institutions, and synthesis of existing data lifecycle models. Based on their findings, the DMTF has compiled a set of recommendations to develop the RDM infrastructure needed for CU-Boulder to compete and lead on a global scale.

Zhang wins Sloan Research Fellowship

Wei Zhang, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, has won a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship.

Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and as the next generation of scientific leaders. The 2013 fellowships were awarded to 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers.

CU-Boulder student finds incubators have wildly varying magnetic fields

Lucas Portelli, a doctoral student in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, wanted to know how electromagnetic fields affect living things.

To find the answer, he went about building experiments. He tried to test the impact of the fields on E. coli, on cancer cells, on fruit flies and even on mice. But he quickly ran into a problem: The magnetic fields in the biological incubators he was using weren’t consistent. In fact, they weren’t even close.

CU-Boulder professor explains origin of St. Patrick's Day

Festive parades, Irish music and shamrocks painted on smiling faces are all part of the great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But in this short video, CU-Boulder History Professor Patrick Tally explains that the St. Patrick’s Day celebration of the of the 21st Century is a far cry from its holy origins in the 9th Century.

Community Notes

Announcing the Personnel and Payroll Liaison training program

After the successful completion, assessment and refinement of last year's Personnel and Payroll Liaison (PPL) Training Program, I am pleased to announce the 2013 PPL training initiative! This initiative is an extension of the Department of Human Resources' (HR) outreach efforts and is in direct response to requests from PPLs and PeopleSoft HRMS (HRMS) end users.

City of Boulder

Two coyotes killed following recent aggressive incident in Boulder

Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week killed two aggressive coyotes that surrounded a 5-year-old boy east of Foothills Parkway. One of the coyotes bit the boy. 

The University of Colorado Police Department would like to pass along the below news release on this incident. UCPD shares this info because coyotes have been spotted on East Campus in recent months.


Galloping COLTT brings you Adobe workshops: InDesign, Acrobat Pro XI, & Photoshop CS 6– April 3, 2013 at Norlin Library

Galloping COLTT and Adobe are pleased to announce three workshops on April 3, 2013 at Norlin Library on the CU Boulder campus. Adobe consultant, Scott Trudeau is a great veteran presenter and enthusiastic about the new and improved tools offered by Adobe InDesign, Acrobat Pro XI, and Photoshop CS6.

You are the target

You are the target

Many people mistakenly believe that cyber criminals do not target them, that their computer or information has no value. In reality individuals like you are the cyber criminals’ primary target—you and your computer are under attack every day. The first step to protecting yourself is understanding that you are a valuable target. Find out how you can stop being a target at

CU-Boulder scientist to discuss new Front Range geology book at Boulder Bookstore

CU-Boulder geoscientist Lon Abbott and his wife, Terri Cook, will discuss their new book, "Geology Underfoot Along Colorado's Front Range," at the Boulder Bookstore on Tuesday.

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Chancellor's Corner: An update on concealed carry and CU-Boulder

Next step toward Gmail migration is coming March 13

Chancellor's Corner: Continuing our efforts to end the 4/20 gathering

CUSG advocates for sustainable solution to 4/20 gathering

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