August 6, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

MAVEN arrives in Florida

Following a decade of work from the birth of an idea to a finished spacecraft, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission to Mars being led by the University of Colorado Boulder has arrived in Florida for a slated November launch.

“We are now on the final journey to the launch pad,” said CU-Boulder Professor Bruce Jakosky of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, principal investigator for the project. “It doesn’t get more exciting than that.”

From campus to table: students create garden bounty for diners, community

Diners at the Center for Community with an interest in fresh food and sustainability might swallow easier knowing that some of the ingredients they’re savoring were grown by CU-Boulder students just yards away.

Community Notes

Welcome to our smoke-free campus

No smoking policy nears implementation date, resources available

With the Aug. 19 implementation date of the CU-Boulder No Smoking Policy quickly approaching, reminders (posters, lawn signs and sandwich boards) are becoming more visible throughout campus. As part of the phased implementation, the relocation of cigarette urns to designated smoking locations began in June.

Please visit for information about the policy in English and Spanish, links to resources for smoking cessation and downloadable promotional materials to share the policy in your department or unit.

D2L improvements coming Aug. 14

In preparation for the start of the 2013-14 academic year, D2L will undergo an upgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 14 to improve functionality and fix bugs. This upgrade includes improvements to the usability and added functionality that will enhance instructor and student experiences. You can learn more about the improvements included in the D2L upgrade at Learning Environment 10.2.

CU Police Department hires new Deputy Chief Melissa Zak

The CU Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the hiring of a new deputy chief in charge of the Police Services Division. Melissa Zak, a former Los Angeles Police Department captain who retired after 21 years with that agency, began work at the CU Police Department last month.

Volunteers needed for Chancellor's New Student Convocation on Aug. 23

On Aug. 23, CU-Boulder will welcome new students with the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation. Sign up today to volunteer as a Convocation marshal.

Male research participants wanted for paid research study on personal values & medical care

Researchers from the Social and Affective Neuroscience lab at CU-Boulder are seeking healthy males between 18 and 55 years of age for a study on the mechanisms underlying how one's personal values affect their medical care experience. Participants will earn between $30-$40.

Changes to Adobe Creative Suite licensing

Adobe recently announced that there will no longer be new versions of the Creative Suite products (i.e., Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.) offered through the traditional suite model, but rather a monthly subscription model called Creative Cloud through which subscribers will get continuous, automatic updates to their Adobe Creative Cloud software. The move to Creative Cloud is a universal change that affects all Adobe customers. You can learn more about the impacts of this change as they apply to our campus.

Communication workshop Aug. 14

This two-hour communication seminar focuses on analyzing barriers that inhibit listening skills. Identify skills in speaking clearly, directly, and strategize solutions to communication challenges. If you're committed to enhancing this skill, then this seminar is designed for you!