September 4, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Rare western bumblebee creates a buzz on the Front Range

When University of Colorado Boulder junior Cole Steinmetz first begins a bumblebee hunt, he walks slowly, listening for the bee’s persistent, rumbling buzz, which Steinmetz has learned is usually lower and less singsongy than the noises made by flies and other insects.

Startup Phenomenon Women sparks attendee’s entrepreneurial interests

Startup Phenomenon Women 2013 drew a crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members to Macky Auditorium on Sept. 3. The university-supported event, with a theme encouraging women to empower themselves and featuring leaders from a variety of industries, resembled the popular “TED Talks” format. Speakers had the chance to share who they are, what their stories are and the variety of ways they’ve been successful.

CU-Boulder researchers attract $351 million in sponsored funding

Faculty at the University of Colorado attracted research awards totaling $774,079,158 during the 2012-13 fiscal year, based on preliminary figures.

That investment in CU maintains the university’s place as one of the top research institutions in the country, the total ranking as fourth-highest in CU history. The amount slipped 5.6 percent from the previous year, reflecting an increasingly competitive arena shaped in part by tightening federal budgets.

Soot suspect in mid-1800s Alps glacier retreat

Scientists have uncovered strong evidence that soot, or black carbon, sent into the air by a rapidly industrializing Europe, likely caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps.

Community Notes

Senior survey graph

Graduating seniors' future plans and suggestions for improving the CU-Boulder experience

The CU-Boulder Office of Planning, Budget & Analysis has posted findings from the spring 2013 Seniors’ Future Plans Survey. Results include more than 1,000 graduating seniors’ comments on “the one thing” they think CU-Boulder should (or shouldn't) do to improve students’ experience here.

Boulder Campus Staff Council

Staff Council's Crayons to Calculators drive ends Sept. 13

Join Boulder Campus Staff Council for this school supply drive. Collection sites include: ARC, Smoley Biotech ChBE office, Environmental Design, Education, JILA, ATLAS, Business School S315, Police/Parking, Stadium Fac Man Service Desk, Wolf Law 326, and the 3rd floor of RL2.

Old mining photo

Ancestors wanted! Beginning genealogy workshop

Interested in your family's history? For just $25 a day, learn the basics of genealogical research with professional historian, expert genealogist and CU Heritage Center staff member Mona Lambrecht Saturday Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19 on CU-Boulder's campus. Mona will guide you through the beginning steps of your family history research. Get research tips and tricks, know how to stay organized, locate useful sources, and navigate through various online genealogy websites.

Diversity Abroad's Go Global Tour visits campus Sept. 5

Join us at the Study Abroad Fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (UMC Fountain Area) as well as for the Go Global main event 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 to learn about study abroad, discover scholarships, and more. Location: UMC 247.

Ralphie's Corral

Celebrate at Ralphie's Corral before every home Buffs game

Bring your family and friends to Ralphie's Corral -- a free and exciting pregame on Benson Field that begins three hours before every home Buffs game. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and there is a family fun zone for kids to play. There is ample space and tables for you to hang out, relax and celebrate your CU spirit!

Study Abroad Fall Fair Sept. 5

Explore study abroad program options in more than 70 countries. Programs exist for all majors, all language levels, and fall within a wide range of program costs (and financial aid applies). Come to Study Abroad Programs’ Fall Fair and speak with CU students who have studied abroad all over the world: Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the UMC Fountain.


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