Discovery & Innovation

Faculty in Focus No. 6: The composer

Colorado’s harsh winter of 1873-74 gave rise to an event that has captivated Coloradans ever since: Alferd Packer, a prospector stranded in the snow in the Rocky Mountains with his friends, forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

The rich history of the ordeal and resulting trial, societal reactions, and the mystery surrounding it have inspired numerous books and creative presentations. In recent years, CU-Boulder students voted to name the UMC cafeteria the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill, with its slogan, “Have a Friend for Lunch.”

Chancellor’s Corner: Undertaking a grand challenge

In my State of the Campus address, I invited all faculty, staff and students to undertake a grand challenge in which we leverage our unique strengths in Earth and space science and technology. 

My vision for the grand challenge is to create a collaborative environment among Earth and space sciences, engineering, business, law, social sciences and humanities faculty members, students and staff as well as public and private sector partners in order to explore, understand and influence how space-based innovations and technologies impact business, law and society. I have named a steering committee to help make this vision a reality, and plan for a Dec. 9 "Imagination Summit."

University Libraries launches open access repository, CU Scholar

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries is celebrating the launch of the open access repository CU Scholar, housed online at scholar.colorado.edu. This new institutional repository will aggregate and disseminate the wealth of scholarly knowledge created under the auspices of the University of Colorado Boulder and its research units. CU Scholar welcomes materials of scholarly focus, including published journal articles, working papers, technical reports, multimedia content and datasets.

Do the loco-motion: How animals and people get here from there

Rodger Kram, a faculty member in the integrative physiology department and an expert on human locomotion, has a fond place in his heart for kangaroos. A few decades ago he and colleagues measured the gait and metabolism of hopping kangaroos, and more recently took a look at their other mode of movement -- grazing on all fours for food.

Stunning variety of microbes in Central Park soils mirrors global microbial diversity

October 01, 2014

Soil microbes that thrive in the deserts, rainforests, prairies and forests of the world can also be found living beneath New York City’s Central Park, according to a surprising new study led by Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The research team analyzed 596 soil samples collected from across Central Park’s 843 acres and discovered a stunning diversity of below-ground life, most of which had never been documented before.

CU-Boulder's seventh New Venture Challenge kicks off Sept. 29

The New Venture Challenge (NVC), a CU-Boulder campus-wide entrepreneurship competition, is entering its seventh year, and all campus community members are invited to attend the NVC Kick Off on Monday, Sept. 29. 

NVC acts as entrepreneurial "flight simulator," giving members of the CU community with an interest in starting a business a chance to give it a try while learning about the process through events, workshops and mentors. This year’s event will feature Julian Farrior of Backflip Studios, and serves as an introduction to the program. 

MAVEN at Mars

CU-Boulder-led Mars mission set for orbit insertion Sept. 21

September 17, 2014

A NASA mission to Mars led by the University of Colorado Boulder is set to slide into orbit around the red planet Sept. 21 to investigate how its climate has changed over the eons, completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

The orbit-insertion maneuver will begin with six thruster engines firing to shed some of the velocity from the spacecraft, known as the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN mission. The thruster engines will ignite and burn for 33 minutes to slow the spacecraft, allowing it to be captured into an elliptical orbit around Mars.

Researchers rescue old satellite data and uncover sea ice secrets

Experts at the National Snow and Ice Data Center are recovering long-lost images from the Nimbus satellites, the first of which was launched 50 years ago. The pictures are allowing researchers to extend the satellite record of sea ice back to the 1960s.

New climate documentary featuring Boulder scientists to air Aug. 28

A new documentary about measuring past climate change as a way to better understand human-caused warming of the planet, which features several Boulder scientists, will be broadcast on Colorado Public Television on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Aerospace Industry Insights event highlights CU's aerospace innovation and research

Members of the Boulder Chamber, a nonprofit business support and advocacy organization, visited CU-Boulder July 29 to learn about the university’s latest advances in space science and aerospace.

The Aerospace Industry Insights event, held at Fiske Planetarium, brought together local, state and federal officials; CU-Boulder faculty, students and administrators; and leaders from the local business community. The purpose of the event, the first in a series sponsored by CU-Boulder and the Boulder Chamber, was to highlight for the business community CU-Boulder's research and innovation in order to foster continued partnership and economic growth.

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