mike kaplan

There’s No Business Like Snow Business

Mike Kaplan (IntlAf'86), CEO of Aspen Skiing Co., tackles climate change and an aging skier population while managing four ski resorts.

bob sievers

The Man Fighting Measles One Breath at a Time

Professor Bob Sievers has invented an inhalable measles vaccine that could save thousands of lives.


Losing President John F. Kennedy

Former Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine (Bus’59) breaks his silence to share memories of his job protecting Kennedy.

Linda Watkins

Closer to a Cure?

A professor's pain drug enables a paralyzed rat to walk. Can it provide a cure for multiple sclerosis?

maria krenz

Surviving the Unthinkable

Maria Krenz (MSpanLit'77) lived in crowded basements and a laundry basket to escape notice from Nazi soldiers. But hiding her heritage in post-World War II Hungary presented other problems.

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Training Unreasonable Entrepreneurs

Alums support ventures with far-reaching social impacts.


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First Place for Peace Corps

CU Boulder received the top ranking for the first time in history.

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Don't Stumble Over Sleeping Pills

Taking a popular sleep medication greatly increases your chance of falling if you get up while sleeping, according to a study by CU-Boulder associate professor Kenneth Wright.


Is Anybody Out There?

With help from CU students, scientists have discovered the first Earth-sized planet outside our solar system.

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Fertile Females Fantasize About Foxy Fellas

The Brad Pitts of the world have an edge over men like Bill Gates when it comes to attracting fertile women.


Jammin’ with The Woz

I was walking down a Libby Hall corridor one spring day in 1969 when I noticed the TV room was packed. About 50 people were watching a basketball game on a big set with a rabbit ears antenna. Or were trying to. Every few minutes the picture broke up. It...


Reigniting a Cold Case

It was Aug. 1, 1983, when Sid Wells (A&S ex’84), who was about to start his senior year at CU, was shot to death execution style in a Spanish Towers condominium in Boulder.

davide stimilli

Syllabus Spotlight for Spring 2011

Course: Shipwrecks, Mutinies and Other Catastrophes at Sea

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By the Numbers – Spring 2011

Facts about students of color


Get your John Travoltage on

Computer-simulated lessons by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman.

tag yarkoni

You Are What You Blog

Writing a blog reveals more about you than researchers previously thought.


Centerfold – Spring 2011

The Center for Community houses 12 student services offices, a parking garage and a 900-seat, state-of-the-art dining facility that serves 5,500 meals per day.

ant hull

Life in Ant's World

At age 24, CU student Anthony Hull has already hosted several television and online programs, including for Fox Sports Net. He is an actor who produced a documentary about the CU student experience last spring.

jon embree

CU Strives to Level the Playing Field

Is CU at a competitive disadvantage in terms of its resources in comparison to schools in the future Pac-12, the conference the Buffs will join later this year?

chucky Jeffry

Buffs Start Strong Under Lappe

The women’s basketball team went 9-4 in nonconference play in Linda Lappe’s (Mktg’02) first season as head coach.

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Herd of Buffs Joins Football Staff

After being named head football coach in early December, Jon Embree (Comm’89) hired an assistant coaching staff that includes other ex-CU players and/or coaches.

alec burks

Men's Hoops More than a Tad Better

The men’s basketball team, coached by Tad Boyle, started its Big 12 Conference season in style, winning back-to-back games against nationally ranked opponents for the first time in program history.

bruce benson

From the President – Spring 2011

The magazine you are reading is an important arrow in the quiver of how we communicate with you.


In Memoriam – Spring 2011

Forever Buffs who have passed away

ellie vaughter

Profile: Ellie Vaughter

After a lifetime of helping others and dreaming about what it would be like to serve in the Peace Corps, Ellie Vaughter’s (Thtr’91, MHum’00) aspiration is finally coming true.

alanna rizzo

Profile: Alanna Rizzo

In a male-dominated sports world, Alanna Rizzo (Bus’97, MJour’03) of Fox Sports Net(FSN) stands out in her role as a sideline reporter for the Rockies.

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Cross Country and Track and Field Reunion

As the night progressed, some stories may have been embellished, but there could be no denying the genuine friendships that were forged as CU student-athletes.

Leslie Leinwand

Letters – Spring 2011

Comments from the spring 2011 issue.


Beauty Is in the Life of the Beholder

Was my life a total failure? This question blindsided me in a high school gymna­sium during a graduation ceremony.


Dusting on the Duomo

Alan DeGrand (EnvDes’10) captured this rare view of a snow-covered Florence, Italy, while studying abroad there in 2009.