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More Inclusive Scholarship Begins With Active Experimentation

Nov. 1, 2017

To the Editor: Today’s hyper-competitive environment makes it easy to forget that academe wasn’t always organized around measuring and rewarding merit. In fact, the simple idea that merit could be assessed from publications, and that scholarship should be published at all, was, as Andrew Piper and Chad Wellmon have recently...

Faculty careers can progress in many directions

Faculty careers can progress in many directions

Oct. 17, 2017

The canonical story of faculty productivity goes like this: A researcher begins a tenure-track position, builds their research group, and publishes as much as possible to make their case for being awarded tenure. After getting tenure, increased service and administrative responsibilities kick in and research productivity slowly declines. But now,...

Does faculty productivity really decline with age? New study says no

Does faculty productivity really decline with age? New study says no

Oct. 17, 2017

For 60 years, studies of everyone from psychologists to biologists to mathematicians have shown the same remarkably similar academic research trajectory: Scientists publish prolifically early in their careers, peak after about five years, get tenure and begin a long slow decline in productivity. But a new CU Boulder study published...

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Nobel Laureate gives 2017 Herchel Smith Lecture

Oct. 9, 2017

Nobel Laureate Professor Tom Cech came to the Department of Chemistry on 16th October, to give the 2017 Herchel Smith Lecture: 'Shedding some Light on the Dark Matter of the Genomic Universe.' Professor Cech is Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Director of the University of Colorado BioFrontiers...

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Colorado Public Radio features Joel Kralj

Sept. 1, 2017

Here's A 'Touching' Discovery About Bacteria If University of Colorado scientists are right, bacteria have a sense of touch. Meaning, the little critters can detect the cells they need to glom onto to cause an infection. University biologist Joel Kralj says his lab showed bacteria have electrical activity going on...

Celebration of E-wing with John and Anna Sie

Biotechnology building debuts state-of-the-art E-Wing

Aug. 31, 2017

The 56,340-square-foot E-Wing will feature next-generation active learning spaces where students learn by doing rather than by being lectured, as well as laboratory space where current and future faculty in the BioFrontiers Institute and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will be able to continue their groundbreaking research. Monday’s...

Jacqueline Dresch

BioFrontiers Institute Sabbatical Professor Program

Aug. 24, 2017

BioFrontiers Institute has a rich history of welcoming sabbatical professors and visiting researchers in our labs. We believe sabbatical professors make significant contributions to the BioFrontiers Institute research community, and we hope that the intellectual exchange of ideas, scientific collaborations, and informal mentoring and teaching experiences are mutually beneficial. We...

Tom Cech

Learning to love the classroom: A Q&A with Best Should Teach Keynote, Professor Thomas Cech

Aug. 23, 2017

Thomas Cech is well recognized by the scientific community and as Colorado’s first Nobel Prize Laureate. A distinguished professor of chemistry and the director of CU Boulder BioFrontiers Institute, Cech has dedicated his career to scientific discovery. Yet, Cech is also well known by scores of first-year students who have...

Bacteria microscope image

Bacteria have feelings, too

Aug. 15, 2017

For humans, our sense of touch is relayed to the brain via small electrical pulses. Now, CU Boulder scientists have found that individual bacteria, too, can feel their external environment in a similar way. In a new study, CU Boulder researchers have demonstrated that E. coli bacteria cells get excited...

Graduate Research Assistant Giancarlo Bruni

Giancarlo Bruni named Gilliam fellow for minority mentorship

Aug. 14, 2017

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced today the 2017 Gilliam Fellowship awardees —exceptional doctoral students who have the potential to be leaders in their fields as well as the desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences. CU Boulder Graduate Research Assistant Giancarlo Bruni is one of...

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