Unexpected ancient bronze artifact from East Asia unearthed at Alaska archaeology site by CU-led team

Oct. 1, 2011

A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered the first prehistoric bronze artifact made from a cast ever found in Alaska, a small, buckle-like object found in an ancient Eskimo dwelling and which likely originated in East Asia. The artifact consists of two parts —...

Owen Brian Toon, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Colorado. Photo by Noah Larsen.

Childhood questions became lifelong quests

Oct. 1, 2011

Dinosaurs’ demise, Martian environment and Earth’s climate fascinated Brian Toon as a kid, captivated him as a scientist, and propelled him to a wide-ranging research career marked by a common theme: tiny airborne particles Since he was a kid, Owen Brian Toon has puzzled over “weird problems”: What killed the...

As the media and much of the populace wonder about the value of studying the humanities, professors and alums offer tangible rebuttals

Humanities a ‘waste of time’? CU begs to differ

Oct. 1, 2011

As headlines blare that “College is a waste of time” and “Degree not worth debt,” new college students might enter academia with skepticism and eye the flagging economy with wariness. But the University of Colorado Boulder and its humanities departments are not idling while Rome burns. Artists and humanists at...

A still from the DVD created as a result of Soviet Jewry oral history project.

CU leads effort to record oral history of Soviet Jewry

Oct. 1, 2011

In 1966, the Soviet Union promised to do all it could to reunite Soviet Jews with relatives living outside the Communist nation. The pledge was hollow. In much of America, Jewish immigrants struggled. But they found help in Boulder, and that history is being preserved.

Gerard Dillehay, a CU student, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident. He has received support from the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, a fund that CU Associate Professor Theresa Hernandez was instrumental in creating. Photo by Noah Larsen.

‘It’s like a second life’

March 1, 2011

CU student one of thousands helped by state Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund that enterprising CU neuroscientist helped set up.

Beth Osnes, CU associate professor of theatre and dance, hugs Zinet, an Ethiopian woman. Their lives weave a human tapestry through a new movie, "Mother: Caring Our Way Out of the Population Dilemma."

Mothers help women brake population growth

March 1, 2011

Beth Osnes, CU associate professor of theatre and dance, hugs Zinet, an Ethiopian woman. Their lives weave a human tapestry through a new movie, "Mother: Caring Our Way Out of the Population Dilemma." Two large families, two distant worlds, two women who break tradition. Thereby hangs a tale. Beth Osnes...

Reb Zalman founded the Jewish Renewal movement in the 1960s.

Jewish Renewal archives find home at CU

March 1, 2011

Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi was born in Poland, grew up in Austria, fled Nazi oppression in Europe, was ordained in Chabad Lubavitch Hasidism in America, and launched a new hybrid of Judaism for the world. Reb Zalman, as he is commonly known, founded the Jewish Renewal movement in the 1960s. Described...

Shelley Copley, a CU professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Photo by Noah Larsen

Evolving a microbe to clean up PCP pollution

Dec. 1, 2010

Few bacteria would choose the hazardous man-made chemical pentachlorophenol (or PCP) from the menu of microbial delights. But one “bug” is giving it a shot. It’s the best-described of only a handful of bacteria known to break down the pollutant. One problem though: it’s not particularly good at its job,...

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Fertile women want macho-looking men

Dec. 1, 2010

Effect is more pronounced among women partnered with less-masculine-looking men, researchers find; male intelligence shows no such effect When their romantic partners are not quintessentially masculine, women in their fertile phase are more likely to fantasize about masculine-looking men than are women paired with George Clooney types. But women with...

Jennifer Peterson, assistant professor of film studies, examines the return of landscape to film in the era after World War II.

Cinema’s triumphant return to the wild

Dec. 1, 2010

As film’s silent era came to a close, it took with it location-based shooting and, thus, wilderness landscapes. The new sound-recording equipment was too cumbersome and delicate to travel outside the controlled confines of a studio. It wasn’t until after World War II that wilderness landscapes and location-based shooting began...