Innovating today for the careers of tomorrow

Innovating today for the careers of tomorrow

Dec. 1, 2012

As a comprehensive research and educational institution, the University of Colorado Boulder innovates. We maintain a leadership role relative to our peers by innovating across an impressive range of academic fields. Even with declining state support, CU-Boulder has continued to advance in new areas and is doing so in remarkable ways.

Highest laurels highlight our excellence

Highest laurels highlight our excellence

Oct. 1, 2012

This week, we received the very best kind of news: Dr. David Wineland, CU-Boulder lecturer in physics and fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, won the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with his longtime colleague Dr. Serge Haroche.

Leaving the college in good hands

Leaving the college in good hands

May 1, 2012

It is bittersweet as my time as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences draws to a close. I know I will miss the challenges, rewards and friendships that have come with this position. I know that my successor is more than capable for the job.

The ‘science nerd,’ ‘Nutcracker Man’ and the promise of knowledge

The ‘science nerd,’ ‘Nutcracker Man’ and the promise of knowledge

Dec. 1, 2011

Hope, the CU president said, is an incurable attribute of human beings, and hope is nowhere better cultivated than at the university. Here, scholars devote their lives to the pursuit of discovery and innovation.

Thanks for a great decade

Thanks for a great decade

Nov. 1, 2011

As I write this, I am in the midst of my 11th year as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In June, I will step out of the dean’s office—leaving behind the world of academic administration—and return to the faculty. The chancellor and provost have initiated a nationwide search for my replacement. I would like to tell you a bit about my decision.

Facing the gathering storm in education

Facing the gathering storm in education

April 1, 2011

Scientists and engineers compose about 4 percent of the nation’s workforce, but that small fraction exerts a large effect on the whole. A 2010 report by the National Academies explains why this matters.

Teaching an old university new tricks

Teaching an old university new tricks

Jan. 1, 2011

After University of Colorado Distinguished Professor Thomas Cech won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989, he took the helm of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. One of his chief aims was to overhaul education, particularly in science, math and technology. Another goal was to retool the way research is done.

A detailed, rigorous affirmation of our quality

A detailed, rigorous affirmation of our quality

Oct. 1, 2010

Every year, prospective students and their families pore over a range of college rankings that strive to gauge everything from universities’ academic rigor to their social atmosphere. Some of these assessments are more useful than others.

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