Zoe Donaldson

MCDB professor helps bring science to the screen

Nov. 21, 2016

The Science and Entertainment Exchange acts as a kind of matchmaking ‘hotline’ for filmmakers seeking expertise in a particular scientific discipline.


Federally produced cannabis for research does not reflect potency, diversity of legal markets

Nov. 14, 2016

Strains of cannabis available for federally funded studies lag well behind recreational markets in both potency and diversity, potentially compromising the validity of research into the drug’s effects.


Seeing the road less traveled

Nov. 8, 2016

Disability Services is now taking “a more holistic approach” to help students with disabilities become more involved with campus and Boulder life. The shift has allowed students with disabilities to participate in activities previously outside the scope of Disability Services.

Alum wins presidential early career award

Alum wins presidential early career award

Sept. 11, 2016

Tina Goldstein, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and a CU Boulder alumna, has won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Goldstein is one of a select group of researchers chosen by President Barack Obama to receive this honor.

Building bridges between perilous homes and new horizons

Building bridges between perilous homes and new horizons

Sept. 11, 2016

As part of her graduate studies, CU Boulder alumna Jamie Pledger performed psychological testing and provided counseling for international refugees. Her observations do not fit neatly into popular narratives about refugees from war-torn places like Iraq

Like-minded discourse breeds extremism

Like-minded discourse breeds extremism

Sept. 1, 2016

“The results of two experiments demonstrate that people underestimate how much a brief group discussion polarizes their partisan attitudes,” Keating said in her study summary. But perhaps worse, people appear to be unaware when this occurs.

Empathy for others’ pain rooted in cognition rather than sensation

Empathy for others’ pain rooted in cognition rather than sensation

June 14, 2016

The ability to understand and empathize with others’ pain is grounded in cognitive neural processes rather than sensory ones, according to the results of a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.


Narcotic painkillers prolong pain in rats

May 31, 2016

Opioids like morphine have now been shown to paradoxically cause an increase in chronic pain in lab rats, findings that could have far-reaching implications for humans, says a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Caution: Caffeine

Adolescent caffeine use may raise anxiety-disorder risk

April 23, 2016

Many have felt the jitters of too much caffeine, but new evidence suggests that such consumption puts adolescents at risk of suffering those symptoms on a daily basis, even after discontinuing use, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study published in the February edition of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

June Gruber

CU-Boulder’s Gruber explores dark side of happiness

Feb. 17, 2016

At some point in your life you’ve likely heard that “too much of a good thing” can be bad for you. June Gruber has used science to prove this old adage true.