15-year-old Zach Huey, in black shirt, and his twin brother, Nate, have been studied since the age of 4 by researchers at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU photo by Glenn Asakawa.

Researchers do double-take on childhood learning

March 1, 2012

Nate and Zach Huey are identical, 15-year-old twins, who, like most twins, are somewhat dissimilar. But the twins but have much in common. Both like Japanese comic books called Manga. Both read voraciously and have a vocabulary that shows it. And both have been studied since the age of 4 by researchers at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Elizabeth Fenn

Former auto mechanic makes splash in history

Dec. 1, 2011

If the world ever takes a swift, downward trip in a hand basket, historian Elizabeth “Lil” Fenn feels pretty good about her chances. Compared to many–let’s be honest, most–modern academics, Fenn has led a very hands-on life. Noting tradition of scholars trained in trade skills, she joins CU history faculty.

Bozena Welborne, who earned her Ph.D. from CU-Boulder last year, is now an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno.

‘Pious’ Muslims, Christians share wary eye of government

Dec. 1, 2011

Imagine, if you will, a meeting of minds between Ayn Rand and Mohammed… Public surveys in recent years consistently have found that concerns about “radical Islam” are higher among conservative Christians in the United States than among many other religious groups. According to a 2007 Pew survey, in fact, among...

Thomas Andrews

A bird’s (and mule’s) eye view of U.S. history

Dec. 1, 2011

Thomas Andrews has a knack for framing American history unconventionally. In his award-winning book “Killing for Coal,” Andrews traced the central role of coal in Colorado’s economic growth, environmental change and social conflict. Now he’s turning his scholarly gaze toward another little-acknowledged actor in American history: animals. “Paying attention to...

George Clooney, center, and Janet Robinson, to his left, pose in Telluride with members of Robinson's CU-Boulder class, part of Libby Arts Residential Academic Program.

Students seeing stars, learning film in Telluride

Dec. 1, 2011

This video, posted on YouTube, captures a CU student perspective of the Telluride University Seminar at the Telluride Film Festival. This video was created by CU student William Jones, with contributions from student Stephen Kuhn. For the second year running, some University of Colorado students have gotten a front-row lesson...

Early earth prone to catastrophic glaciation, CU finds

Dec. 1, 2011

Two University of Colorado Boulder researchers who have adapted a three-dimensional, general circulation model of Earth’s climate to a time some 2.8 billion years ago when the sun was significantly fainter than present think the planet may have been more prone to catastrophic glaciation than previously believed. The new 3-D...

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.

‘Smoke, smoke smoke that cigarette'; genetic factors may add new refrain to old song, CU-led study finds

Oct. 1, 2011

A new study of twins led by the University of Colorado Boulder shows that today’s smokers are more strongly influenced by genetic factors than in the past and that the influence makes it more difficult for them to quit. “In the past, when smoking rates were higher, people smoked for...

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 —...