Discovery & Innovation

New CU-Boulder discoveries hold promise for treatment of Hepatitis B virus infection

October 22, 2012

A University of Colorado Boulder-led team has discovered two prime targets of the Hepatitis B virus in liver cells, findings that could lead to treatment of liver disease in some of the 400 million people worldwide currently infected with the virus.

Climate variability and conflict risk in East Africa measured by Boulder team

October 22, 2012

While a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder shows the risk of human conflict in East Africa increases somewhat with hotter temperatures and drops a bit with higher precipitation, it concludes that socioeconomic, political and geographic factors play a much more substantial role than climate change.

CU-Boulder engineering professor awarded $875,000 Packard Fellowship

October 17, 2012

Milos Popovic, assistant professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been awarded the prestigious Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Popovic is one of 16 scientific researchers from universities across the country to receive this year’s fellowship, announced by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation this week. Each of the fellows will receive an unrestricted research grant of $875,000 over five years.

Households manage plug-in hybrids without help from online tools, says CU-led study

October 16, 2012

Households with plug-in hybrid vehicles, or PHVs, and smart meters actively managed how, when and where they charged their cars based on electricity rates but rarely took advantage of online feedback, a University of Colorado Boulder study found.

CU-Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI, today presented findings from the two-year study -- one of the only of its kind, combining both household and vehicle data in a smart-grid context.

CU Business Review: ‘Can do’ approach to beverage packaging means jobs for Colorado economy

October 15, 2012

Consumer demand is making aluminum cans more relevant than ever, according to a report from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

More than 92 billion aluminum beverage cans were sold in the U.S. in 2011 reflecting a decline in annual sales -- particularly among standard 12-ounce cans -- since the industry’s peak five years prior.

Nurture trumps nature in study of oral bacteria in human twins, says CU study

October 11, 2012

A new long-term study of human twins by University of Colorado Boulder researchers indicates the makeup of the population of bacteria bathing in their saliva is driven more by environmental factors than heritability.

Senior spends three months working on Panama Canal expansion

Senior Christina Jones decided to major in civil engineering because she likes construction projects. Little did she know when she made that decision that she would be selected as an intern to work on one of the largest and most significant projects underway in the whole world—the expansion of the nearly 100-year-old Panama Canal.

CU-Boulder wins $1.4 million NSF award for climate change, water sustainability study

October 10, 2012

The University of Colorado at Boulder has been awarded $1.4 million for a new study on how changes in land use, forest management and climate may affect trans-basin water diversions in Colorado and other semi-arid regions in the western United States.

Nobel Prize-winner David Wineland praised as mentor to CU-Boulder graduate students

October 09, 2012

David J. Wineland, a lecturer in the University of Colorado Boulder physics department who today won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics, was described as both “brilliant and humble” by one of his former graduate students.

NIST-CU scientist wins Nobel Prize in physics

October 09, 2012

David J. Wineland, a lecturer in the University of Colorado Boulder physics department, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. Wineland is a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder and internationally recognized for developing the technique of using lasers to cool ions to near absolute zero. His experiments have been used to test theories in quantum physics and may lead to the development of quantum computers. He shared the prize with Serge Haroche of France.

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