May 23, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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CU-Boulder helps tap crowds to digitize museum records of bugs and plants

Inside the natural history museums of the world are billions of animal and plant specimens from birds, fish and beetles to flowers, mushrooms and grasses, all stacked, stored and preserved in jars and collection drawers.

The rich and diverse collections could be critical to understanding how the Earth’s biodiversity is changing in the face of a growing human footprint — if only the information were easily accessible.

ABCs, 123s and frontal lobes: Neuroscientists share research with kindergartners

When the raw egg plummeted to the playground hardtop at Creekside Elementary School in Boulder, falling exactly 36 inches, the shell shattered and the gooey insides oozed out. The 18 kindergartners looking on were rivited.

A few minutes later, a second egg — this one wrapped in a “helmet” of taped-together bubble wrap and dropped from exactly the same height — fared much better, escaping with its shell still intact.

Community Notes

Open Enrollment ends this Friday, May 24

Open Enrollment ends this Friday at 5 p.m. This is the one time of year when University of Colorado benefits-eligible employees and retirees may make changes to benefits. To learn more about plans, see final rates, enroll and find out what happens if you choose to take no action during open enrollment, go to

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IT Service Center closed Memorial Day weekend

In honor of Memorial Day, the IT Service Center is closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. On Tuesday, May 28 normal summer hours resume. Learn more about the IT Service Center and other walk-in support centers at


Increased security, parking impacts for Monday's BolderBOULDER

If you are planning to attend the BolderBOULDER race on Monday, May 27, please pack light, become familiar with this year’s increased security measures and learn about parking impacts. Some campus parking lots may be impacted from midnight Sunday, May 26 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 27.

Conservation doesn't take a summer vacation!

Have any questions, observations or other conservation ideas? Leave us a hotline message at 303-735-6202.

Capital Improvement Bond Projects

Arapahoe Avenue improvements will create significant traffic impacts

Arapahoe Avenue, between Folsom and 15th streets, is in poor condition and in need of reconstruction. From late May 2013 through fall 2014, the City of Boulder will reconstruct the roadway into concrete and add other improvements to preserve and enhance Arapahoe Avenue. From after Memorial Day through mid-August 2013, only one eastbound lane on Arapahoe Avenue will be open to vehicular traffic. Westbound traffic and the JUMP transit service will be detoured onto Canyon Boulevard.

Fidelity Investments Workshops

As a higher educational professional, you know firsthand the power of learning something new. At Fidelity, we are here to help you discover new ways to think about your financial future. Samuel Casad and Stephen Maloney, your dedicated Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultants, are ready to help you manage your retirement savings goals, choose from among a wide range of investments and build a plan that's easy to put into action. Join Fidelity Investments for one of these upcoming workshops where you will get guidance and strategies to help with retirement planning as well as other planning needs.

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