Mathis Habich, a graduate student in physics (standing in front of screen), gives a presentation to a full house on the top floor of the Gamow Tower as part of the CU-Prime Talks series, which introduce undergraduate students to the day-to-day lives of researchers.

Grad students mentor under-represented students

Oct. 6, 2014

Graduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder have launched a program designed to promote inclusion among under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—or STEM—majors.

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Right or left, partisans get expert opinion wrong

Oct. 6, 2014

Unbiased expert opinion is accepted or rejected depending on reader’s views, CU researchers find.

David Shneer, CU-Boulder professor and Jewish Studies program director, displays some of the more than  500,000 pieces of the Mazal Holocaust collection–considered the world’s largest privately held Holocaust archive. The archive collection been donated to CU-Boulder.  The book in the lower left, Auschitz: Technique and operation of the gas chambers, is one of only five in print is two are part of the collection.  It was compiled after the war to help document the systemic killing. Photo by Glenn Asakawa/Un

Holocaust collection shows path from 'darkness to light'

March 1, 2014

In his University of Colorado Boulder office, David Shneer gestured to material on his table. A rare book there documents the sketches of the building of Auschwitz. Only five copies exist, and the Mazal Holocaust Collection, recently donated to the university, has two.

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Patented pain treatment shows promise in dogs, hope for humans

March 1, 2014

Distinquished prof and colleague from the University of New Mexico have been granted a patent for a new pain-management gene therapy that focuses not on neurons, but on glia. “Our drugs turn Mr. Hyde back into Dr. Jekyll,” she says.

Fog envelops the Bidoup Nui Ba National Park Vietnam, above, where CU-Boulder Professor Herbert Covert has been working to train and collaborate with Vietnamese scientists to survey and strive to protect some of the most endangered primates on Earth. Photo by Herbert Covert.

Highly endangered primates in Vietnam get helping hand from CU

March 1, 2014

For years, a CU-Boulder anthropologist has been training Vietnamese scientists to help preserve endangered primates in Vietnam. His work is gratifying has a more “profound” effect than other work he could do, he says.

Holly Gayley, assistant professor of religious studies at CU-Boulder, takes in the view near the Amne Machen Range in Tibet. Photo courtesy of Holly Gayley.

CU's expertise in Tibetan and Buddhist studies is unusually deep

March 1, 2014

‘We have three tenure-track, full-time specialists in Tibet, and that’s three more faculty specializing in Tibet than you find at most universities. It’s not a huge group … but it’s an incredible opportunity (for research) and also for students.’

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When government secrets are spoken, people listen

Aug. 1, 2013

Some 56 percent of Americans approve of large-scale secret monitoring of erstwhile private telephone activity for the purposes of combating terrorism, according to a recent survey by the Pew Center for the People and the Press.

Maasai pastoralists have adopted coping mechanisms for drought that indicate rising levels of social stratification and might help social scientists understand how these people would adapt to changing climate in Africa. Photo by Mara J. Goldman.

Drought-squeezed Maasai suggest climate-change scenarios

June 1, 2013

The devastating drought of 2009 in northern Tanzania generated new coping strategies by Maasai people, suggesting that Maasai with more money and social connections are better able than their poorer, less-connected neighbors to endure extreme events such as drought and, potentially, climate change, a team of University of Colorado Boulder researchers has found.

Graduates on a map

No need to 'staple a green card’ to every foreigner’s Ph.D.

June 1, 2013

For about three years following Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists struck on American soil, U.S. policy changes that reduced visas for foreign graduate students provided an inadvertent real-world laboratory.

Bud Coleman, as Robin Starveling, prepares himself backstage before the final dress rehearsal of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo by Zach Andrews.

Theatre department’s chair rarely lands in one

June 1, 2013

Oberon and Titania are going at it in the middle of a hot May afternoon, trading thinly veiled – and not so – insults during a rehearsal of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”