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Alum forgoes career in courtroom to become L.A. chef

Dec. 5, 2016

Dave Woodall, once an aspiring lawyer, says CU Boulder education gave him the tools to open a from-scratch, comfort restaurant that ‘recalls glamour of mid-century Hollywood.’

Power plant

Boosting power plants’ efficiency can cause emissions rebound, study finds

Nov. 21, 2016

Increasing the efficiency of power plants’ efficiency is often assumed to be an effective means of reducing carbon emissions. However, an empirical analysis of plants’ efficiency and emission led by a University of Colorado Boulder sociology professor casts some doubt on that conventional wisdom.


Why are gang members disproportionately placed in solitary confinement?

Nov. 15, 2016

Members of criminal gangs are disproportionately placed in restrictive housing when they are imprisoned in the United States, but the evidence supporting this practice is “weak,” says criminologist David Pyrooz, who advocates more rigorous research on whether widespread isolaton of gang members is based on the best evidence.

Fit or not?

Feeling heavy? Light? Your genes might be to blame

Aug. 31, 2016

Do you feel overweight, about right, or too skinny? Your answer to that question may be tied to genes you inherited from your parents, especially if you are a female, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Prof’s class examines the sociology of yoga

Prof’s class examines the sociology of yoga

April 27, 2016

Professor Lori M. Hunter has spent a semester prompting students to grapple with questions about the intersection of society and yoga. The course, which she believes is the first of its kind, is an upper-division class designed to hone students’ critical-thinking skills.

Happy senior

Are you happy now? Enjoy your (likely) long life

Dec. 3, 2015

Some peer-reviewed studies have found that happy people tend to live longer than their less-happy counterparts. But now, for the first time, researchers have found that happiness all by itself—regardless of marital status, income, physical health and other indicators—is a key factor in longevity.

Like many academic scholars, sociologist David Pyrooz studies criminal gangs. He has also studied how gang-related research could help inform research on terrorism and extremist groups. Photo: iStockphoto.

Sociologist applies lessons of gangs to terrorism

Dec. 3, 2015

David Pyrooz, a University of Colorado Boulder sociologist who is advancing the study of terrorism by applying research on criminal gangs, has won an Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Friends standing together

Friends by fortune, not fate

Dec. 1, 2012

“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends,” wrote Shakespeare. In humans, nature may be less than half of the story, a team led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers has found.