September 18, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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Volunteer Resource Center coordinating several local relief efforts

The Volunteer Resource Center is coordinating several volunteer efforts to help local community members whose homes have been devastated by the floods. Here's how you can help >>

Live Free Weekend: CU community invited to take a sobriety challenge

As part of the fifth annual Live Free Weekend, the University of Colorado Boulder community is being encouraged to take a pledge to forego all alcohol use for 96 hours from Sept. 19-23.

Regents vote to expand anti-discrimination policy

Protection for diverse expression of political philosophy, as well as gender identity and gender expression, now are included in the CU Board of Regents’ anti-discrimination policy.

At its Tuesday meeting at the University Memorial Center on the CU-Boulder campus, the board voted unanimously for the changes to the Laws of the Regents, Article 10, and Regent Policy 1.C.2.


Solid-state battery developed at CU-Boulder could double the range of electric cars

A cutting-edge battery technology developed at the University of Colorado Boulder that could allow tomorrow’s electric vehicles to travel twice as far on a charge is now closer to becoming a commercial reality.

CU’s Technology Transfer Office has completed an agreement with Solid Power LLC—a CU-Boulder spinoff company founded by Se-Hee Lee and Conrad Stoldt, both associate professors of mechanical engineering—for the development and commercialization of an innovative solid-state rechargeable battery. 

Stressed watersheds

Today’s worst watershed stresses may become the new normal, study finds

Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is “stressed,” with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new analysis of surface water in the United States.  What’s more, the lowest water flow seasons of recent years—times of great stress on rivers, streams, and sectors that use their waters—are likely to become typical as climates continue to warm.

Community Notes

Be Colorado offering free health screenings Sept. 24, 26

Take a few minutes this fall to better understand and take control of your health by participating in Be Colorado’s 2013 fall biometric health screenings. Join th Sept. 24 or Sept. 26 Biometric Health Screening hosted on the Boulder campus.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents approves new Bachelor of Arts degree, discusses two new Masters programs

At the Sept. 18 University of Colorado Board of Regents meeting hosted on the Boulder campus, a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience was approved on the consent agenda.

In the campus recommendation from Chancellor DiStefano and Provost Moore, they stated that psychiatric disorders affect a growing number of individuals—nearly one in five Americans in a given year and more than two billion people worldwide. CU-Boulder will be one of the few public universities in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree program and this should enhance its ability to compete for top-quality students wanting to pursue a study in Neuroscience.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at CU-Boulder will hold its annual celebration on Sept. 20, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Norlin Quadrangle (backup place: Carlson Gym). Please come and enjoy moon cakes, Chinese dishes, performances, cultural display and games with us. Chinese traditionl gifts are waiting for you. Free admission. Come with your friends.

Big Energy Seminar: Sustainable Energy Engineering Sept. 19

Big Energy Seminars will host Dr. Mehrdad “Mark” Ehsani, director of the Sustainable Energy & Vehicle Engineering Program at Texas A & M University, to speak on Sustainable Energy Engineering on Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in Fleming 156.

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Flood information for the CU community

The flood information website for the University of Colorado Boulder contains resources, contact lists, and Q&A's to answer your questions, and your students' questions. Visit

Cleaning up after the flood? Make sure your tetanus shot is up-to-date.

Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. However, during flood cleanup, the risk of wounds may be increased. For this reason, cleanup workers should be sure that they are up-to-date with tetanus vaccination, ideally before starting cleanup activities. Adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.

Residents involved in cleanup activities should contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for a tetanus booster, if needed. Residents who do not have a healthcare provider may receive the vaccination at a Boulder County Public Health Immunization clinic. The cost is $21.50.

For more information visit or call 303-413-7500 (Boulder) or 303-303-678-6166 (Longmont).