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Research team discovers new kind of bacterial “fingerprint”

Forensic scientists may soon have a valuable new item in their tool kits—a way to identify individuals using unique, telltale types of hand bacteria left behind on objects such as keyboards and computer mice, according to a new CU-Boulder study.

Saving lives with online communications

A new approach to social media called “Tweak the Tweet,” conceived by CU-Boulder graduate student Kate Starbird and deployed by members of CU’s Project EPIC research group and colleagues around the nation, helped Haiti relief efforts by providing standardized syntax for Twitter communications.

Through consistent use of specially placed keywords, or “hashtags,” in Twitter posts to communicate critical information such as location, status, and road conditions, the “Tweak the Tweet” approach made information computationally easier to extract and collate.

Innovative CU-Boulder programs are transforming science and math education

Responding to a national crisis, CU-Boulder is putting a fresh face on how science and math courses are taught. One of those faces is Sarah Berger, who likes teaching and teaches well. But she is neither a faculty member nor a graduate-student teaching assistant. She is a sophomore in biochemistry and a learning assistant— or LA.

As she explains, students are comfortable with her because “they know that I don’t have all the answers either, so they don’t feel like I’ll think their questions are silly or dumb.”

College of Music program encourages tomorrow's music teachers

The Trying on Teaching program at the College of Music is a continuum of teaching and mentoring experiences in which middle school band students are taught by high school students, who are mentored by undergraduate music students, who in turn are advised by graduate music students.

Developed in 2008 by James Austin, professor of music education and associate dean of undergraduate studies, and Peter Miksza, assistant professor of music education, the goal is to attract the next generation of music teachers.

Architecture student turns scholarships into community impact

Shane Baldauf, an architecture and environmental design major at CU-Boulder who is dedicated to “green” and affordable housing, has been awarded a prestigious Udall Scholarship.

“Not only is ‘green’ construction good for the environment, but homes that perform more efficiently benefit the occupants too,” said Baldauf. “If you think about it, the people who most need affordable housing are also the ones who need the lowest utility bills, and we’re working to provide that situation through Habitat for Humanity houses.”

CU-Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center to receive governor's 'high-impact research' award for sustainability

November 03, 2011

A team at the University of Colorado Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center will receive a "high-impact research" award from Gov. John Hickenlooper for sustainability implemented at the NSIDC.

Author John McPhee to receive Stegner Award from CU's Center of the American West on Oct. 27

October 12, 2011

John McPhee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Encounters With the Archdruid" and "Coming Into the Country," will receive the Wallace Stegner Award from the University of Colorado Boulder's Center of the American West on Oct. 27.

CU-Boulder to play key role in global student space experiment competition

October 12, 2011

A University of Colorado Boulder space center will play a key role in a new international contest being sponsored by YouTube, Lenovo, Space Adventures and several space agencies that challenges 14- to 18-year-old students to design science experiments, with the winning entries to be conducted in space.

Colorado business leaders' economic outlook turns negative, says CU Leeds School Index

October 03, 2011

Colorado business leaders' outlook on the economy has turned negative heading into the fourth quarter, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business.

CU-Boulder wins bid to host National Solar Observatory headquarters

September 30, 2011

The University of Colorado Boulder was selected today to host the headquarters for the National Solar Observatory, the nation's leading scientific research program in ground-based solar astronomy.

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