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Serving up Summer

Students travel the world to make a difference.

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Zen and Mountaineering Madness

Trudging through waist-deep snow on the 24,688-foot Annapurna IV mountain, Tonya George Riggs couldn’t get one thought out of her mind: they were alone.


Science with a Twist(er)

Professor Brian Argrow and his students participate in the largest tornado study.

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The Interminable Job Search

Jenny Herring writes about her yearlong job search.

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Walking the Line Between Life and Death

Professor Michael Radelet is one of the nation's capital punishment experts.

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Solving a Mysterious Disappearance

CU researchers, a National Geographic Adventure writer and a dark family secret reveal the story behind a young explorer's fate in 1934.



Silver & Gold's Last Record

After serving as CU’s faculty and staff weekly newspaper for almost 40 years, it fell victim to budget cuts.

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Churchill Denied Job, Backpay

In a resounding defeat for fired CU-Boulder ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill, a judge ruled July 7 that Churchill deserves neither financial compensation nor his job back.

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Syllabus Spotlight - Fall 2009

A syllabus spotlight from the fall 2009 issue.

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By the Numbers - Fall 2009

Numbers and statistics from the fall 2009 issue.

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Alumni Donations High To Ol’ CU

More than 19,000 CU-Boulder alums donated to the university in the fiscal year ending June 30 — 8.8 percent more than the prior year and the most in the university’s history.

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Wheat's Western Weavings Wow

During John Wesley Powell’s epic western adventures during the late 1860s and early 1870s, including a pioneering float trip down the Colorado River, he collected Native American blankets.

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CU's High-Flying President

Columnist Paul Danish reflects on his time as a speechwriter for Roland Rautenstraus.

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Chase Murder Case Closed 12 Years Later

In June a Boulder jury found Diego Olmos Alcalde guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, first-degree sexual assault and second-degree kidnapping of CU-Boulder senior Susannah Chase on Dec. 21, 1997.

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Researchers Find Exciting Clues to Epilepsy

Chronic seizures caused by traumatic head injuries may be caused by chemicals released by the brain’s immune system to try to repair the injured site, according to CU-Boulder researchers.

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First Footballers

The university’s first football team took to the field undisciplined and without a coach. The 1890 flannel-clad sportsmen lost every game.

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Lake-Front Property on Mars Discovered

CU investigators discovered the first evidence of shorelines on Mars in June, indicating a deep, ancient lake. A Holy Grail of sorts, the finding could help scientists zero in on evidence of past life on the planet.

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Norlin Buzzing All Night Long

For decades, pulling an all-nighter in Norlin Library meant sneaking into the stacks and hiding out until morning. Not anymore.

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Alumni Confidence Shapes University

A column from President Bruce D. Benson.


Club Sports Highlights

Three CU club sports programs won national titles during the spring season: swimming and diving, freestyle skiing and the crew team.

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Sports Potpourri - Fall 2009

Sports tidbits from the fall 2009 issue.

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Hawk: Big 12 Title Run Possible

The CU football team won just two of eight games against Big 12 opponents last season, but coach Dan Hawkins believes his Buffs have a chance to make a big jump in the conference standings in 2009.

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The Hawk Walks the Talk

When the Buffs host Colorado State on Sept. 6, Dan Hawkins will begin his fourth season as CU’s head football coach. He talked with Coloradan contributor Mark Wolf about football, music and kidney stones.

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Undefeated Legend Runs On

Senior Jenny Barringer concluded her CU track and field career in style in June, winning her third NCAA outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase title, this one in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Athletics Scores Generous Donations

The athletic department announced during the summer that it received three major private donations totaling $5.36 million.

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CU’s Home Course Will Host Invitational, NCAA Regional

The men’s golf team will host two tournaments during the 2010-11 season at its newly designated home course, Colorado National Golf Club in Erie.

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We Salute You

Tributes to some of CU's great talents from the fall 2009 issue.

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Buff Tribute: Carol Eileen Ryan 1944-2009

A listener for life.

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Holding a Passport to Adventure

John E. Roberts has visited 183 countries and aims to travel to the 23 remaining. While his trips were initially paid for through the Peace Corps and the U.S. State Department, these days they’re on his own dime.

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Space Walking Just a Living

Whether hiking in the mountains or walking in space, astronaut Steve Swanson’s life is full of adventure.

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Julie Peasley

Combine artistic creativity and a love of science, add a dollop of inspiration, season with whimsy and a sense of humor and you have Julie Peasley’s recipe for success in crafting a geek gift teaching tool — the Particle Zoo.

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Hale Sunset

An image from the fall 2009 issue.

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Reading the Morning News Wire

An image from the fall 2009 issue.