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Pedigree and Productivity

May 1, 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...

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'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...

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Stochastic processes drive rapid genomic divergence during experimental range expansions

April 10, 2019

Range expansions are crucibles for rapid evolution, acting via both selective and neutral mechanisms. While selection on traits such as dispersal and fecundity may increase expansion speed, neutral mechanisms arising from repeated bottlenecks and genetic drift in edge populations (i.e. gene surfing) could slow spread or make it less predictable...

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Environmental Changes and the Dynamics of Musical Identity

April 9, 2019

Musical tastes reflect our unique values and experiences, our relationships with others, and the places where we live. But as each of these things changes, do our tastes also change to reflect the present, or remain fixed, reflecting our past? Here, we investigate how where a person lives shapes their...

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Imaging DNA Equilibrated onto Mica in Liquid Using Biochemically Relevant Deposition Conditions

April 2, 2019

For over 25 years, imaging of DNA by atomic force microscopy has been intensely pursued. Ideally, such images are then used to probe the physical properties of DNA and characterize protein–DNA interactions. The atomic flatness of mica makes it the preferred substrate for high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) imaging, but the...


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...


Association studies of up to 1.2 million individuals yield new insights into the genetic etiology of tobacco and alcohol use.

Jan. 13, 2019

Tobacco and alcohol use are leading causes of mortality that influence risk for many complex diseases and disorders 1 . They are heritable 2,3 and etiologically related 4,5 behaviors that have been resistant to gene discovery efforts 6-11 . In sample sizes up to 1.2 million individuals, we discovered 566 genetic...


Research here could speedup clinical trials around Type 1 diabetes

Dec. 5, 2018

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed virtual clinical trials for an artificial pancreas that could significantly improve treatments for those with Type 1 diabetes by tailoring medical devices and speeding up trials. The work was done through a four-year, $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation and was headed at...

Boulder researchers found that mycobacteria is the most common bacteria in showerheads - but say showering is still safe.

The slime on your showerhead is ALIVE: Study reveals the horrifying bacteria in your bathroom - and how it could be harming you

Nov. 1, 2018

A study of the bacterial slime in showerheads across the world has found US cities are hotspots for potentially harmful bacteria. Researchers found that mycobacteria is the most common bacteria in showerheads. They found it is far more prevalent in the United States than in Europe, thrives more in municipal...

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Barn swallows may indeed have evolved alongside barns, humans

Oct. 29, 2018

As humans evolved and expanded, so too did barn swallows, new research from CU Boulder suggests The evolution of barn swallows, a bird ubiquitous to bridges and sheds around the world, might be even more closely tied to humans than previously thought, according to new study from the University of...