Drawing of a vertical oil and gas well.

Compromised oil and gas wells pose risks to groundwater in Weld County

Jan. 2, 2023

When gas leaks into and contaminates a household water well near an oil and gas drilling site, there is always a question of where it came from. Is it from a failure in the drilling or was the gas migrating naturally? New research in the...

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire didn’t come through unscathed.

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire harbored another disaster inside – here’s what we’ve learned about this insidious urban wildfire risk

Jan. 2, 2023

On Dec. 30, 2021, one of the most destructive wildfires on record in Colorado swept through neighborhoods just a few miles from the University of Colorado Boulder. The flames destroyed over 1,000 buildings, yet some houses were still completely intact right next to homes where nothing was left to burn...

A map depicting the locations of the surface water samples collected from the Coal Creek waterway shortly after the Marshall Fire.

Ongoing CU research explores impacts, solutions after Marshall Fire

Jan. 2, 2023

On Dec. 30, 2021, a quick-moving, grass-fueled wildfire in suburban Boulder County became the costliest wildfire in Colorado history. It burned 6,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and damaged thousands of others. Hundreds of CU Boulder students, faculty and staff were among the thousands who fled parts of unincorporated...

UV light

Destroying Coronavirus vs. Creating Indoor Smog

Dec. 16, 2022

Put people in poorly ventilated rooms, where coronavirus-containing aerosols are trapped in the air with nowhere to go, and their risk of getting COVID-19 skyrockets. Research has shown that you can decrease the risk by ventilating the room and filtering viruses from the air. Now, a new CIRES and CU...

A powerful green laser helps visualize the aerosol plumes from a toilet when it’s being flushed.

CU Boulder scientists shine a light on what comes up when you flush

Dec. 8, 2022

Thanks to new CU Boulder research, scientists see the impact of flushing the toilet in a whole new light—and now, the world can as well. Using bright green lasers and camera equipment, a team of CU Boulder engineers ran an experiment to reveal how tiny water droplets, invisible to the...

Rendering of Earth's continents as lakes in a forest

Cross-campus open house will feature interdisciplinary climate change research, kick off U.N. Summit events

Nov. 28, 2022

The College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Leeds School of Business are teaming up to highlight CU Boulder-led research to address climate change from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Olson Atrium of the Rustandy Building. The event comes ahead of...

Leading with Impact

Engineering Solutions to Climate Change Challenges

Nov. 4, 2022

"Leading with Impact" draws together experts and industry leaders affiliated with the College of Engineering and Applied Science to inform, enlighten and advise on some of the biggest science, tech and policy issues in today's world. Come engage with fellow alumni, join the conversation and be inspired by how CU...

Shelly Miller

CU Boulder joins White House summit on indoor air quality

Nov. 1, 2022

The challenges of wildfires, industrial pollution and vehicle emissions have centered the issue of outdoor air quality in the public consciousness. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the realization that the pathogen primarily transmits indoors, there has been growing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality, as...

Lisa Wang

"I love solving challenging environmental problems."

Oct. 31, 2022

Name: Yu Hong (Lisa) Wang Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa Program: Environmental Engineering "This department holds a warming place in my heart as I am greeted by smiling faces who genuinely care about each other." I was born in China, Qingdao, an attractive coastal city with influences from both Germany and...

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen conduct an overflight of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.

Puerto Rico’s precarious relationship between power and water

Oct. 3, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without electricity nearly two weeks after Hurricane Fiona hit the island on Sept. 18, initially knocking out power for almost all 3.3 million U.S. citizens. The island's aging power infrastructure had not fully recovered since Hurricane Maria five years ago, leaving residents...

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