A Tree Grows In... The Office
No one will need to water this office plant: A team of CU students recently designed and built a work space around a live linden tree in Boulder’s Central Park.
The modular structure — made of wood and metal and open to the sky — measures 450 square feet and has benches, workstations and a deck. The temporary building is not attached to the tree and will be moved periodically.
The undertaking, part of the Tree X Office project, which aims to modify the human relationship to nature, gave third-year environmental design students soup-to-nuts design, permitting and construction experience.
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Heard Around Campus
Jupiter is the biggest, baddest planet."
— Planetary scientist Fran Bagenal of CU Boulder, anticipating the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter in July, a mission she and others at CU aided.
How Do You Say...?
Name an ancient language, the chances are good that Samuel Boyd can read it: In all, the CU professor knows 23, counting dialects.
“If someone wants to travel with me to Finland, I’m useless,” Boyd, a scholar of the Bible, told the online Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine. “But if you ever want me to translate ancient Phoenician, I can help.”
An assistant professor of religious studies, Boyd also has advanced reading knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Babylonian, to mention a few, as well as Classical Ethiopic, also called Ge’ez.
“I was obsessed with Indiana Jones as a kid, so once I started to learn one ancient language,” he said, “I got hooked.”
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