The university has again attracted a record amount of research funding, this year drawing an incredible $631 million. This marks the third year in a row the university has attracted more than half a billion dollars in research funding and represents a 23 percent increase over the previous year.

This year’s stories—a cross-section of the trailblazing research, scholarship and creative work taking place across CU Boulder— are as innovative and fascinating as ever. In the following pages, you’ll learn about our contributions to the largest Central Arctic expedition ever, the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth, and new hope in the battle against antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” just to name a few.