August 8, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Good year for viewing Perseid meteor shower, says Fiske Planetarium director

CU-Boulder astrophysicist Doug Duncan says this year's annual Perseid meteor shower and its natural nighttime light show will be particularly good as the display becomes visible over Colorado Aug. 10-13.

Some Maasai appear to hunt lions as a form of political protest

Conventional wisdom holds that East Africa’s Maasai pastoralists hunt lions for two distinct reasons: to retaliate against lions that kill livestock or to engage in a cultural rite of passage. But that view reflects mistranslations of Maasai terms and a simplification of their cultural traditions and their relationship with wildlife, a team of researchers led by a University of Colorado Boulder geographer has concluded.

JILA researchers discover atomic clock can simulate quantum magnetism

Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex quantum system.

Community Notes

Buff Stops 2013: Volunteers needed to welcome new students!

Welcome new Buffs to our campus by becoming a Buff Stops volunteer! Buff Stops are tables where students can get help with finding a class and other campus resource information. We’ll have volunteers at three campus locations on the first two days of class from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You will be provided with campus maps/other materials and are welcome to bring promotional items to further advertise your own office’s information or upcoming events. Register here.


CU hosts International Democratic Education Conference

Today is the final day of the International Democratic Education Conference, welcoming 450 participants from 33 states and 35 countries. Co-sponsored by INVST Community Studies, the International Democratic Education Conference has been occurring at CU-Boulder from Aug.  4 - 8.

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.

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.