An artist’s conception of the Van Allen Probes circling Earth’s radiation belts. (Image courtesy NASA)

NASA mission involving CU-Boulder discovers particle accelerator in heart of Van Allen radiation belts

July 1, 2013

An artist’s conception of the Van Allen Probes circling Earth’s radiation belts. (Image courtesy NASA) Using data from a NASA satellite, a team of scientists led by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and involving the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the...

There’s gold in them thar drawers. Or there was, until recently, at the University of Colorado Boulder Division of Continuing Education.

‘What about the gold?’ ‘Um, what gold?’

June 1, 2013

There’s gold in them thar drawers. Or there was, until recently, at the University of Colorado Boulder Division of Continuing Education.

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New fine-arts school closer to becoming reality

June 1, 2013

The name may not stick, but the ideas behind a proposed Interdepartmental Program in Fine Arts have stirred enthusiasm in the Film Studies, Art and Art History and Theatre & Dance departments at CU-Boulder. The program could lead to the creation of a new fine-arts school within the college. “It...

East Africa’s Maasai on the hunt for lions. Some conservation initiatives designed to save lions from being hunted have either failed to work or in some cases appear to have incited Maasai to hunt more lions as a form of political protest, the researchers report. Photo by Joana Roque de Pinho

Conservation efforts might encourage lion-hunting

June 1, 2013

East Africa’s Maasai on the hunt for lions. Some conservation initiatives designed to save lions from being hunted have either failed to work or in some cases appear to have incited Maasai to hunt more lions as a form of political protest, the researchers report. Photo by Joana Roque de...

Disabled actress adds meaning to ‘Midsummer’ role

June 1, 2013

For actor Jenna Bainbridge, playing Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at this summer’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a perfect fit. Like her character, she’s spent much of her life pushing against boundaries and expectations set by other people. “Hermia is a younger and vivacious woman who has kind of...

Exercise may protect drinkers’ cognitive abilities

March 1, 2013

Aerobic exercise may help prevent and perhaps even reverse some of the brain damage associated with heavy alcohol consumption, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study. The study results indicated that regular aerobic exercise like walking, running or bicycling is associated with less damage to the brain’s “white...

The aftermath of the 2010 Fourmile Fire, the costliest in terms of private-property loss in Colorado to that date, opened the door for CU-Boulder scientists, including graduate students and undergraduates, to study the microbial response to wildfire over time. Photo by Jeff Mitton.

A burgeoning world in a few grains of sand

March 1, 2013

Diana Nemergut designed the course to teach technical skills in environmental microbiology. The course did much more; it also generated field research and a scholarly publication involving graduate students and even undergraduates.

Andrew Martin, a professor in the CU-Boulder Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, directs the university’s Teaching Evolution Outreach Program. Photo courtesy of Hillary Rosner

CU program aims to improve teaching of evolution

March 1, 2013

Andrew Martin, a professor in the CU-Boulder Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, directs the university’s Teaching Evolution Outreach Program. Photo courtesy of Hillary Rosner Evolution is a fundamental building block of biology that underpins our understanding of the diversity of life today and how we, as humans, came to...

Protester gather at an anti-Qaddafi demonstration in Cairo, Egypt.

Arab Spring spawns some hope, progress, prof says

March 1, 2013

A quarter of a century ago, most of the world’s “underachievers” in terms of human development—measured by such things as life expectancy, education, guaranteed human rights and political freedom—were Muslim countries. Human development might be considered a way to gauge how “rich” or “poor” a country is beyond traditional measures...

Arielle Silverman, graduate student in social psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Photo by Noah Larsen.

Unless it’s coerced, self-affirmation actually works

March 1, 2013

In the 1990s, comedian—now U.S. Sen.—Al Franken made the line, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” part of the national lexicon with the creation of the fictional “Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley” on Saturday Night Live. Easy to mock, to be sure, in Stuart’s...

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