August 13, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Oldest North American petroglyphs dated to at least 10,500 years ago

A new high-tech analysis led by a University of Colorado Boulder researcher shows the oldest known petroglyphs in North America, which are cut into several boulders in western Nevada, date to at least 10,500 years ago and perhaps even as far back as 14,800 years ago.

CU-Boulder music graduates bring music education to the heart of Afghanistan

CU-Boulder music graduates Joel Schut and Allegra Boggess are helping bring music back to the war-torn central Asian nation.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Sen. Mark Udall to speak at CU Law School on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Recently appointed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall will discuss President Obama’s Climate Action Plan at the University of Colorado Law School on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

MAVEN Mars mission haiku selected

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission to Mars will carry just over 1,100 haiku, along with thousands of names, on its journey to the red planet.

Community Notes

Engineering seeks Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement

The College of Engineering and Applied Science has a vacant Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement position. The primary goal of the position is the development and leadership of highly effective student and faculty programs that support college growth and excellence; development and implementation of the college brand and communications in a way that differentiates the college; and engagement of alumni and industry partners in refining and delivering the college strategy. If you know someone who might be interested in this leadership opportunity, please encourage them to apply. Applications received by Monday, August 19 will receive full consideration.  

Construction update: 18th & Colorado to open August 19

The intersection of 18th & Colorado will open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic on August 19, with the Stampede, 209, and J bus routes resuming normal service. Facilities Management would like to thank campus for its patience during the summer road closure, which allowed us to complete important utilities and site upgrades.

Come celebrate CU-Boulder's national leadership in STEM education hosted by the Center for STEM Learning

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, Sept. 23 | 3 - 7 p.m. | Folsom Stadium, Club Level
This free event is a celebration of CU-Boulder's internationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) education initiatives. Our projects are redefining learning and discovery in a global context, and setting new standards in education, research, scholarship and creative work to transform STEM education. For more information and to register visit

President Obama signs new student loan legislation into law

President Barack Obama last week signed into law the Smarter Solutions for Students Act (H.R. 1911, also known as the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act as amended by the Senate). The new law will: