Learning & Teaching

Making the Higher Ed experience more accessible, usable: Accessing Higher Ground conference deadline approaches

Members of the University of Colorado community can receive a 30 percent discount on the registration fees for next week’s Accessing Higher Ground - the 16th annual Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference, which will be held Nov. 4-8, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.

“The conference offers a unique opportunity to learn from speakers across the country – and some outside the country, including the keynote speaker – who are leaders in the field of Universal Design and accessibility. The concepts discussed at the conference are not simply about making information, websites and curricula more accessible, it’s about making them more usable, which should be a key goal of any course, product or system,” said Howard Kramer, a proponent of the integration of Universal Design into curricula and a lecturer in Continuing Education at CU-Boulder.

CU study shows unprecedented warmth in Arctic

The heat is on, at least in the Arctic.

Average summer temperatures in the Eastern Canadian Arctic during the last 100 years are higher now than during any century in the past 44,000 years and perhaps as long ago as 120,000 years, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

New CU-Boulder leadership minor to launch in spring 2014

October 14, 2013

Former University of Colorado President Alexander E. “Sandy” Bracken knows a few things about the role that effective leadership plays in career success and life in general.

As the Newton Leadership Chair at CU-Boulder, Bracken has the task – and desire – to bring more leadership training and development opportunities to students across all academic disciplines. One of the major components of this goal is the creation of the Newton Leadership Studies Minor, which will launch in the spring 2014 semester along with a new class (LEAD 1000) titled “Becoming a Leader.”

CU-Boulder’s modernized Fiske Planetarium to reopen Oct. 12

October 11, 2013

Sky gazers will be better immersed in spectacular views at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium since the dome’s nearly 40-year-old analog projector was replaced with a new digital “star ball” in a project completed this week.

The modernized Fiske, which now can show a wider range of media including ultra high-definition movies, will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Law School students teach state high school students about Constitution

CU Law School student Jocelyn Jenks so enjoyed going out to teach state high school students about the Constitution in 2012 that she came back this year to participate as an alumna.

“The experience was wonderful, and I jumped at the opportunity to work with high school students again this year,” said Jenks (Law ‘12).

Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars: 105th Distinguished Research Lecture

The 105th Distinguished Research Lecture will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Cristol Chemistry 140 auditorium. The Distinguished Research Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member by the Graduate School. Its purpose is to honor and recognize an entire body of creative work and research.

This year’s recipient of the award, Dr. Owen Brian Toon, will present “Dead Dinosaurs and Nuclear Wars.” Dr. Toon was awarded the American Physical Society’s 1985 Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest for his work on nuclear winter. He studies radiative transfer, aerosol and cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry and parallels between the Earth and planets.

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

September 10, 2013

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.

Constitution Day is a national event that annually commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution.

Rare western bumblebee creates a buzz on the Front Range

When University of Colorado Boulder junior Cole Steinmetz first begins a bumblebee hunt, he walks slowly, listening for the bee’s persistent, rumbling buzz, which Steinmetz has learned is usually lower and less singsongy than the noises made by flies and other insects.

Chancellor's Corner: Summoning the Class of 2017 to great adventure

Today, the University of Colorado Boulder welcomed more than 5,700 new students to our campus. During this morning's Convocation, I invited them to continue our proud institution's legacy of scholarship and citizenship. I share my invitation with you, and welcome you to our new academic year.

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It takes a team to dress a king for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Amid the staccato clatter of sewing machines, the wardrobe artists snipped, stitched, embellished and ironed garments fit for a king. And a soldier, and a gaggle of nobles, murderers and a gardener.

In the Colorado Shakespeare Festival costume shop housed in CU-Boulder’s Theatre and Dance Department, are stacks of bins and drawers of fabric, thread, lace and the sorts of sartorial bits and bobs that go into making theatre costumes.

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