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.

An amphioxus in the Daniel Medeiros lab is seen with most of its body burrowed into sand and its mouth exposed, as it waits for food to drift by. Photo by David Jandzik.

Vertebrates built new heads from old parts, study suggests

March 16, 2015

During the evolution of invertebrates like amphioxus into vertebrates like fish, a remarkable structure appeared: the head. How, exactly, the head evolved has long been a mystery, but scientists postulated that skulls were built from fundamentally new tissue. Now, CU-Boulder research suggests that skull tissue was actually built from existing tissues never before found in invertebrates.

Ketchum Arts & Sciences building gets a much-needed facelift.

Ketchum Arts & Sciences undergoing major renovation

March 16, 2015

Thomas Edison famously said that genius was “one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” For the last 77 years, summer work and study in CU-Boulder’s Ketchum Arts and Sciences building inevitably involved sweat. The building had no air conditioning. Thanks to a major renovation, that and many other architectural deficiencies are being corrected.

Reuben Zubrow’s legacy lives on at CU-Boulder. Photo courtesy of Doug Conarroe.

Reuben Zubrow, CU’s larger-than-life economist

March 16, 2015

Eighteen years after his death, Reuben Zubrow’s colorful personality, playful sense of humor and engaging teaching style is vividly remembered by students, colleagues and friends. An unusually engaging teacher, economist of national stature and pivotal figure in attracting students to the study of economics, Zubrow could enliven everything from an economics lesson to a tennis match.

Professor David Shneer, left, shares a word with people who attended a gathering of Soviet veterans and Soviet Holocaust survivors last month. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center.

Through Soviet Jewish eyes, in the Russian tongue

March 5, 2015

CU-Boulder’s David Shneer is known for his historical research on photojournalists who chronicled the Holocaust in World War II Soviet Union; they witnessed and recorded the slaughter of Soviet citizens including those who, like the photographers themselves, were Jewish. Now, Shneer is curating an exhibition of the photographs in Illinois that appears in English and, for the first time, Russian. Soviet Holocaust survivors and Soviet WWII veterans have responded favorably.


Ferguson activists need ‘megaphone,’ scholar reports

Dec. 19, 2014

CU-Boulder Associate Professor Hillary Potter went to Ferguson, Missouri, to research the protests surrounding the death of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer. Potter visited Ferguson to pursue knowledge and to help spread the message of the town’s black people.

CU-Boulder graduate students Machal Gradoz and Melanie Godsey and University of Toronto student Taylor Stark work in the Greek Peloponnese. Photo by William Caraher

Painstakingly connecting pottery to ancient politics

Dec. 15, 2014

Ancient Greece has been intensively studied, but there is still much to learn, particularly in some rural parts of the country. CU-Boulder students, under the guidance of a CU assistant professor, are among those unearthing new artifacts.

CU Theatre and Dance Department’s New York City showcase group (2015). Back row: Sergio King, Devon Johnson, Eddie Jordan, Sydney Bogatz, Megan Maltabano, Jesse Pacheco, Stephanie Spector. On box: Brianna Provda, Keilani Fuqua. Kneeling: Tait Petersen, Nathan Ellgren. Photo courtesy of CU Theatre and Dance.

Theater students prepare to bite the Big Apple

Dec. 15, 2014

A dozen senior CU-Boulder performance majors auditioned before casting agents through the Actors Connection in New York City this year. The trip was so successful, another group of CU-Boulder seniors returns next year.

Teen with head in arms

Brain imaging might help predict risky behavior

Dec. 15, 2014

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has used neuroimaging techniques to understand associations between brain function and risky behavior in adolescents, moving one step closer to definitively diagnosing dangerous predispositions to risk-taking.