September 11, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

VC Deb Coffin invites you to take the Live Free Challenge

I encourage our faculty and staff to accept an important challenge and inspire your students to do the same. For the fifth year, Counseling and Psychological Services and Oasis (a network of students committed to sobriety) have issued a challenge to the university called the Live Free Weekend. From noon Sept. 19 to noon Sept. 23, all those connected to the university have been challenged to forego alcohol, marijuana or recreational drug use for 96 hours. Alternatively, if abstinence is not a desirable goal for you, you can participate by signing the binge-free agreement (electing not to binge drink and to abstain from recreational drug use). 

Please take a moment to visit the Live Free website so you can take the pledge and learn more about this event. And please announce this challenge and the many events designed for students in your classes, lab or department. The website is

CU-Boulder ranked highest in state by U.S. News & World Report

The nationally recognized excellence of the University of Colorado’s campuses and undergraduate programs is again highlighted in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, the 2014 edition of which was released today.

Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor to speak at CU-Boulder on Sept. 17

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will speak at the third annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the Byron R. White Center at the University of Colorado Boulder Law School on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Image from Nanoly. Researcher.

Nanoly Bioscience to develop CU-Boulder vaccine stabilization technology

Nanoly Bioscience of Boulder and the University of Colorado recently entered into an option agreement that will enable the startup company to develop a technique for protecting vaccines during delivery to rural and less-developed areas of the worl

Microgravity experiments

CU-Boulder student-built satellite slated for launch by NASA Sept. 15

A small beach ball-sized satellite designed and built by a team of University of Colorado Boulder students to better understand how atmospheric drag can affect satellite orbits is now slated for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

CU Law School students to teach state high school students about Constitution

More than 50 students and dozens of alumni of the University of Colorado Boulder Law School will teach a lesson on the First Amendment in more than 50 high school classrooms throughout Colorado Sept. 11–20 in recognition of Constitution Day.

Community Notes

College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) subcommittee meetings begin

Subcommittees charged with recommending curriculum and structure for the college’s seven academic units will hold public meetings beginning next week to share their initial ideas and solicit comments. The CMCI will be an interdisciplinary college, housing programs in journalism, advertising and design, communication, the moving image and media production, media studies and a new department of information studies.

Upcoming subcommittee meetings include:

Intermedia Digital Art, Writing, and Performance: Wednesday, Sept. 11. Meeting open to the public from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Hale Science Building, Room 270.

Design, Strategic Thinking and Advertising: Monday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., UMC Room 382-384.

Communication: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m., Hellems Room 77.

Core Curriculum: Friday, Sept. 20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Continuing Education Room 140

Information Studies: Friday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., UMC Room 245

Discover Science Discovery

CU employee discounts on Science Discovery after-school classes

Are you looking for something interesting and exciting for your child after school? Science Discovery has some great classes scheduled to begin soon.

Classes like Astronomy, LEGO Mindstorms, Natural Disasters and Reverse Engineering are just some of what you might be looking for in hands-on enrichment science for your child! Visit our website for more information and to register OR call us at 303-735-2230 / 303-492-7188.

CU employees receive a 10% discount!

CU Police ask for help in ID’ing suspect in laptop thefts

CU Police have received reports of eight laptop thefts this month in Engineering and Chemistry. The public is asked to help identify the suspect from surveillance video.

Tom Sebok

Promoting a respectful working environment: Sept. 24 workshop

Nearly everyone would say they want a “respectful” working environment. But what does that look like? And what does it take to develop and/or maintain such an environment? In this interactive three-hour workshop participants will examine the roots, behaviors, and benefits of a respectful working environment. They will experience key aspects of a process designed to help groups identify respectful workplace norms for communication – especially when engaged in conflict. And, they will view and discuss a video presentation about one of the biggest communication challenges: giving and receiving criticism in the workplace.


Facilities Management capital construction, renovation and small project meeting

Facilities Management will be hosting an informational meeting about the process for capital construction, building renovation and small projects. If you are considering building or renovating space on campus join us on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon at the UMC, Room 247.


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In the News

Remembering 9/11

President Barack Obama has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff nationwide for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, in honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Join the CU-Boulder College Republicans for their traditional Norlin Quad 9/11 Flag Memorial at 5 p.m. today. Learn more at their Facebook event page.

Did You Know?

Several buildings on the campus have been renamed:

IBS1 is now A&S Finance and Payroll Administration

IBS3 is now Center for Asian Studies

IBS5 is now Arts and Sciences Office Building 1

IBS8 is now Academic Advising Center:  Students in Transition

LASP is now Duane D-Wing

MCD Biology Building is now Gold Biosciences Building