Sunflower

Do plants have social networks?

May 15, 2019

Humans interact in social networks every day around the office coffee pot, online with Facebook and in their communities through political elections. The structure and connections within these networks and others shape how information is shared. That in turn defines much of our modern life and collective behavior, though little...

Inside Hire Ed

Pedigree and Productivity

May 2, 2019

A 2015 study found that “social inequality” across a range of disciplines was so bad that just 25 percent of Ph.D. institutions produced 71 to 86 percent of tenured and tenure-track professors, depending on field. The effect was more extreme the farther up the chain the researchers looked, based on...

Graphs for article "Pedigree is Not Destiny"

'Pedigree is not destiny' when it comes to scholarly success

May 1, 2019

What matters more to a scientist’s career success: where they currently work, or where they got their Ph.D.? It’s a question a team of researchers teases apart in a new paper published in PNAS . Their analysis calls into question a common assumption underlying academia: that a researcher’s productivity reflects...

Karolin and Natalie

Biochemists untangle mysteries of cellular form, function

April 25, 2019

The complex inner workings of cells, from their architecture to their signaling, underlie much of multicellular organic life. How are they built? How do their proteins interact? And most crucially, how can understanding these functions improve our knowledge of biological outcomes such as disease? University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professors...

Kristi Anseth

Kristi Anseth elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 17, 2019

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today that CU Boulder Professor Kristi Anseth has been elected to its 2019 class. Anseth is among more than 200 individuals selected this year for their exceptional achievements in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy and the public sector. Founded in 1780,...

Colin Campbell

This CU Fulbright Scholar Composes Music About Science Using Molecules He Studies

April 16, 2019

What does a molecule's song sound like? With the help of biological chemist Colin Campbell, it's a mix of experimental guitar strumming, a pattern of notes on a piano and sometimes a chorus of lab assistant's voices. The Fulbright Scholar teaching and researching at CU Boulder is blending his love...

Mary Allen

Nature: Train students to navigate ethical swamps

April 10, 2019

A protocol can help with the tricky conversations essential to responsible research conduct, says Mary A. Allen. “Either this is sloppiness or misconduct, and either way I don’t think this is a lab I want to be in anymore.” I was terrified as I spoke these words to my first...

Orit Peleg

Orit Peleg Wings HFSP Young Investigator Award

March 28, 2019

Congrats to Orit Peleg on the announcement of her Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award for the dynamics of information flow in a social network of mutually shading plants project! The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) announced today some $35 million to support the top 4% of...

Dan Larremore

Dan Larremore Receives DoD Minerva Research Initiative Award

March 26, 2019

The Department of Defense continued its history of strong support for fundamental research by selecting 12 faculty investigators for awards through the FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative. This initiative supports basic research that focuses on topics of particular relevance to U.S. national security. Through its network of faculty investigators, the Minerva...

Earth

Do all networks obey the scale-free law? Maybe not

March 4, 2019

As Benjamin Franklin once joked, death and taxes are universal. Scale-free networks may not be, at least according to a new study from CU Boulder. The research challenges a popular two-decade-old theory that networks of all kinds, from Facebook and Twitter to the interactions of genes in yeast cells, follow...

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