August 1, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Chancellor's Corner: OPI takes CU toward a culture of continuous innovation

Here at CU-Boulder, we innovate all the time in our research, teaching and service. What if we applied that same philosophy to the basic ways we do business across the campus?

Last fall at my State of the Campus address, I challenged the campus to collectively and individually innovate – to find new ways to get our work done, and serve our constituents. I challenged our administrators to find ways to build on our efficiencies and to go further in bringing forth new ideas and methods to reach our goals.

Today, I’m delighted to announce that we’re taking an important step in achieving that goal, and embracing this philosophy of innovation through the formation of our Office of Performance Improvement (OPI). The office will be headed by Jeff Luftig, who currently serves as the Lockheed Martin Professor of Management and Director of the Engineering Management Program (EMP) in our College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Set by the sun: An escape from electrical lights synchs our circadian clocks to the solar day

A weeklong wilderness escape from the electrical lights that illuminate most of our daily lives is enough to reset our internal circadian clocks to synchronize with sunrise and sunset, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder.

CU-Boulder team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel

A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, gre

Close the Innovation Deficit

Chancellor DiStefano has joined two other Colorado higher education leaders in signing onto a letter urging President Obama and Members of the 113th Congress to "Close the Innovation Deficit."

An effort led by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the leaders of their member universities, the letter highlights concerns about cuts to federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are pouring resources into these areas.

See the letter at

Community Notes

Technology Learning Center

Stay abreast of OIT service outage events

In light of the service outage experienced on campus earlier this week that resulted in the loss of key services such as the myCUinfo portal and Exchange e-mail, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) would like to take the opportunity to make you aware of the various communication channels OIT uses in these situations to keep you informed.


Maximize your course development time by requesting a D2L course now

If you're teaching a course in the fall and are planning to use Desire2Learn (D2L), now is great time to request your course. Requesting your course now will allow you to maximize the available time to develop your course. To request a course, instructors should log in to MyCUInfo and choose the Course Tools tab in Teaching Tools to "Request Desire2Learn Course." More info >>

Aug. 13 Selecting and Interviewing Student Employees workshop

Not sure where to start with hiring student employees? Learn how to write a job anouncement that will attract students who have the skills needed for the job. Questioning, selecting, and interviewing techniques will be taught as well as practiced. Minimum 10 participants.

Aug. 19 return to regular operating hours for the Boulder campus

On Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, the Boulder campus will return to its regular operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although these are the regular Boulder campus operating hours, some campus departments have different work hours so please follow your department's schedule. Find information about the campus holiday schedule and more at the Human Resources website.