An official with the Colorado Springs Fire Department discusses fire mitigation with members of a neighborhood group. “Citizen entrepreneurs” helped the CSFD spread the word effectively about fire-mitigation practices after the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, a CU-Boulder study has found. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Citizen ‘sparkplugs’ can reduce red-zone fire danger

Dec. 2, 2015

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder recently examined the aftermath of two catastrophic conflagrations and found an unexpected ally in wildfire-education efforts, the “citizen entrepreneur.”

In the rural village Huang Gu, China, CU-Boulder graduate student and Fulbright Scholar Elise Pizzi studied access to clean water. Photo Courtesy of Elise Pizzi.

‘Circular migration’ improves drinking water in rural China

Dec. 2, 2015

Regardless of rainfall or government-built infrastructure, the availability of drinking water in rural Chinese villages varies based on villagers’ ingenuity, “circular migration” patterns, and maintenance of water infrastructure, a University of Colorado graduate student has found.

Neurological mechanisms help explore the connection between epilepsy and autism.

Pre-natal stress, terbutaline linked to autism, epilepsy in rats

Dec. 2, 2015

Researchers have discovered that a combination of pre-natal stress and an unapproved pre-term labor medication called terbutaline may create a higher risk for the co-development of autism and epilepsy.

Who wants to see animals in art? Humans do, as a CU-Boulder art exhibition demonstrates. Unidentified artist, Greek, Ob: (Head of Athena r., later style, in helmet with olive leaves and scroll) | Re: ΑΘΕ, 454 – 404 BCE, silver tetradrachm, 1 inch dia., Transfer from Classics Department to CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014.06.99, Photo: Katherine Keller, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Long before kitten videos, animals inspired art

Dec. 2, 2015

n a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum and the CU Museum of Natural History, the exhibition Animals in Antiquity will explore the relationships between humans and animals through the ages. The exhibition is on view at the Museum of Natural History through September 2016.

Mark Winey, professor and chair of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, leads an effort to improve the ability of scientists to reproduce results reported in scientific journals. Photo courtesy of Mark Winey.

Same experiment but different results; now what?

Sept. 12, 2015

Scientists are having trouble reproducing each other’s published findings. This growing problem has received national attention and is concerning policymakers, the public and scientists. CU-Boulder biologist Mark Winey is working to solve this problem. As a leader of a task force on the issue, he notes that taxpayers need to know that research dollars are being used wisely and in ways that can lead to clinical solutions.

The Helen Carpenter Reading Room in the historic Hazel Gates Woodruff Cottage, home to the Department of Women and Gender Studies, houses a large collection of books and journals on women, gender and sexuality. Photo by Laura Kriho.

Women and gender studies elevated to departmental status

Sept. 10, 2015

On June 23, the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder reached a historic milestone, officially becoming the Department of Women and Gender Studies. This change in stature from program to department was the culmination of more than 40 years of hard work by the diligent faculty, students and staff who founded and promoted the program through the years.

Interest in Nordic countries, whose flags fly here, has been rising, and so has interest in studying them. CU-Boulder has devoted more resources to meet the demand. Photo: iStockphoto.

CU-Boulder becomes a source for all things Norse

Sept. 9, 2015

To address the increased interest in Nordic studies, a visiting assistant professorship has been added to the program’s faculty, thanks to a co-sponsorship of $180,000 from the Danish Ministry of Education.nordic


Couple’s $1 million bequest supports neuroscience, conservative scholarship

Aug. 30, 2015

As a liberal undergraduate, Todd D. McIntyre planned to study psychology and then attend law school. He didn’t anticipate becoming so fascinated with science, the brain in particular, that he’d completely change his academic trajectory and then launch a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, where developing treatments for brain pathologies has been his primary focus. As a liberal undergraduate, McIntyre planned to study psychology and then attend law school. He also didn’t anticipate becoming more conservative.

A view down from the headscarp of a debris flow in Boulder Canyon. The landslide removed about 20 inches of sediment from the slope on its path to flooding Boulder Creek. (Photo by Bob Anderson.)

Floods of 2013 caused up to 1,000 years of erosion

Aug. 27, 2015

The historic September 2013 storms that triggered widespread flooding across Colorado’s Front Range eroded the equivalent of hundreds or even 1,000 years worth of accumulated sediment from the foothills west of Boulder, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered.

The High Park fire west of Fort Collins, Colo. destroyed 189 homes in 2012. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Residents in wildfire-prone areas underestimate risk

July 30, 2015

The vast majority of people living in areas prone to wildfires know they face risk, but they tend to underestimate that risk compared with wildfire professionals.