Boulder Theater marquis

Origins: Boulder Film Festival

June 1, 2015

Working as “popcorn girls” at various Boulder theaters in the late 1970s, sisters Kathy (Engl, PoliSci’86) and Robin Beeck (Comm’88), founders of the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), saw lots of movies — good, bad and sleazy.

liquid nitrogen at concert

Origins: Dry Fogger

March 1, 2015

October 1982. Los Angeles. Ghouls rise from a fog-fingered graveyard and join a zombified Michael Jackson in one of history’s most iconic bits of choreography in the watershed “Thriller” video, a mini-horror flick built around the eponymous hit song.

Christopher Meloni

Actor Christopher Meloni

Dec. 1, 2014

With his steely blue eyes, sculpted Italian features and brawny physique, let’s just say actor Christopher Meloni (Hist’83) doesn’t have much to worry about in the looks department.

Illustrated map of US

The Humor Code

Sept. 1, 2014

To identify the funniest U.S. city, CU-Boulder researchers developed their own humor algorithm.


Law and Order in the Pacific

June 1, 2014

Ashby Pate becomes a Supreme Court justice in a land of 21,000.

illustration of Sarah Siegel-Magness

The Red Zinger

June 1, 2014

Growing up under the shadow of Celestial Seasonings, Sarah Siegel-Magness discovers her own cup of tea is in film production and fashion.

Dan Suelo

Moneyless in Moab

Dec. 1, 2013

Daniel Shellabarger Suelo (Anth'84) lives in a cave and doesn't have a cent to his name. He's very happy.

Beer bubbles

Head to the Hills

Dec. 1, 2013

CU alumni play a large role in Boulder's microbrewing mecca.



June 1, 2013

What if we are our worst enemy? Two professors explore the biological and cultural roots of extinction.


From Battles to Books

Dec. 1, 2012

As U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down, veterans are filling classrooms across the nation, including at CU-Boulder.