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Graduate student Awon Atuire was 11 when he read a book that forever changed his view of the world. The experience propelled him on a journey from Ghana to the PhD program in comparative ethnic studies at CU-Boulder.

From the Provost: Turning the tide on student retention

Last month in his annual State of the Campus address, Chancellor DiStefano reiterated our goal of achieving a six-year graduation rate of 80 percent by 2020. He spelled out clearly in the speech that this goal means we have to significantly increase the number of students we retain, and I want to outline the strategy we are employing to achieve that end.

Faculty in Focus No. 4: The science educator

As a physics education researcher, Valerie Otero mentors university faculty and community K-12 teachers who teach in a variety of science disciplines to help them build learning environments that are empowering for students. She is driven to continue to improve the way science is taught, at all levels, and believes in progressive learning environments that enable students to use and develop the critical and creative intelligence they already have.

Learning Italian opens doors

There are multiple benefits to learning a new language such as Italian, according to senior instructor Priscilla Craven. Not only does it deepen an understanding of another culture, it also enhances employment opportunities in a global economy. Students can develop better overall communication and adaptability, which are skills that can be applied to other fields.

Lt. Gov. Garcia commends programs aimed at increasing student success

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visited campus on Friday to learn about University of Colorado Boulder programs that focus on student success and graduation, including the CU LEAD Alliance and CU Complete.

Faculty in Focus No. 3: The Mathematician

As a senior math instructor and avid rock climber, Bernard Gillett appreciates how mathematics relates to climbing. Both disciplines involve mental concentration, problem solving and tenacity, although an erroneous math calculation is considerably less hazardous than an error in judgment made while scaling a sheer rock wall.

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.

Tap and all that jazz

It’s early morning and a quiet dance studio on the CU-Boulder campus soon bursts into percussive energy as 14 students tap, slap and paradiddle their way across the wood floor. For an hour twice a week, students and instructor engage in a rhythmic conversation of music, dance and the patterns of the steps in a tap dancing class.

CU-Boulder launches free, online course targeting human gut microbes

CU-Boulder is launching a new Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, today about the many different microbial species that inhabit the human gut and how they may influence health and disease. The free course, titled Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome, is being offered through CU-Boulder and Coursera, and will be taught by CU-Boulder Associate Professor Rob Knight, Senior Research Associate Jessica Metcalf and Research Associate Katherine Amato, all of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute.

Faculty in Focus No. 2: The classicist

Christian Kopff, associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is committed to teaching the importance of the ancient world and its impact on modern society. Kopff teaches Honors Program courses on the ancient world, including Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and studies the texts and traditions that emerged in the ancient world and which remain influential today.

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