June Gruber, at left, is leading an interdisciplinary effort to improve human understanding of people’s emotions. Photo by Glenn Asakawa.

Group taps broad expertise to understand emotion

Feb. 17, 2016

Human emotions are universally experienced but not fully understood. A new initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder aims to tap a wide range of expertise to shed light on “the mysteries of human nature.”

Jackie Elliot

Classicist wins top honor for ‘daring, meticulous’ book

Feb. 17, 2016

Jackie Elliott, associate professor of classics at the University of Colorado Boulder, has won a 2016 Goodwin Award of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies, the nation’s top research recognition in classical languages & literature. Elliott was recognized for her book, Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales.

The cover image of the course “Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything.”

Lower textbook costs and better learning

Dec. 5, 2015

Students who take an introductory chemistry courses at Michigan State University not only get the benefit of a curriculum proven to help them better understand many important chemistry concepts, but they also save money by not having to pay for items such as textbooks and study guides.

Mark Leiderman, professor and chair of the CU-Boulder Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, calls on a student during class. Born and educated in Russia, Leiderman contends that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich, underscores the importance of Russian Studies. He notes that Russian studies are expanding at CU.

Nobel Prize highlights importance of Russian studies

Dec. 3, 2015

For Svetlana Alexievich, this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Soviet Union is a kind of ‘historical Chernobyl that still produces contamination and radiation—psychological, historical, political and cultural,’ CU-Boulder expert Mark Leiderman observes. He says now is a good time for students and the world to learn more about Russia, and the university has already moved to meet that need.

Like many academic scholars, sociologist David Pyrooz studies criminal gangs. He has also studied how gang-related research could help inform research on terrorism and extremist groups. Photo: iStockphoto.

Sociologist applies lessons of gangs to terrorism

Dec. 3, 2015

David Pyrooz, a University of Colorado Boulder sociologist who is advancing the study of terrorism by applying research on criminal gangs, has won an Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Distinguished Professor Steven Maier discovered a brain mechanism that not only produces resilience to trauma but aids in coping with future adversity.

Pioneering prof wins prestigious Grawemeyer Award

Dec. 2, 2015

University of Colorado Boulder scientist Steven Maier, who discovered a brain mechanism that not only produces resilience to trauma but aids in coping with future adversity, has won the 2016 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

Amy Palmer

Biomedical researcher lands $3.7 million NIH grant

Oct. 9, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder Associate Professor Amy Palmer was awarded a coveted Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health to study how metals, including zinc, affect the health of humans.

CU-led team receives $9.2 million DOE grant to engineer E. coli into biofuels

Dec. 4, 2012

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded $9.2 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to research modifying E. coli to produce biofuels such as gasoline. “This is a fantastic opportunity to take what we have worked on for the past decade...

NIST physicist David Wineland adjusts an ultraviolet laser beam used to manipulate ions in a high-vacuum apparatus containing an “ion trap.” These devices have been used to demonstrate the basic operations required for a quantum computer. Such computers, by relying on quantum mechanics rather than transistors to perform calculations or store information, could someday solve problems in seconds that would take months on today’s best supercomputers. Photo by Geoffrey Wheeler/NIST.

NIST physicist, CU-Boulder lecturer wins Nobel

Oct. 9, 2012

David J. Wineland, a lecturer in the University of Colorado Boulder physics department, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. Wineland is a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder and internationally recognized for developing the technique of using lasers to cool ions to near...

John Wahr

Physicist elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2012

University of Colorado Boulder Professor John Wahr of the physics department has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a top honor recognizing scientists and engineers for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Wahr, who also is a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research...