Published: March 15, 2021

Editor’s note: Due to inclement weather, event cancellations are possible. 

This week brings a talk with Nobel laureate Tom Cech on RNA vaccines, a CU Boulder Where You Are episode, Piranha 3D movie screening and more.

student on snowy campusMonday, March 15

Campus snow closure

Tuesday, March 16

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series: What Your Value is to an Organization

 Noon to 1 p.m. Virtual
A panel of employers will share their journey in navigating work while honoring their identities. Learn how you can discover and develop your individual value to an organization. Be sure to register on Handshake to attend this event.

CU Boulder Where You Are: Using the Process of Scientific Discovery to Bridge Cultures and Impact Humanity

 Noon Virtual
Join Chancellor Phil DiStefano to learn about the human connections forged in research collaborations, and why those relationships matter when it comes to solving humanity’s biggest challenges. This week's episode will feature astrophysical and planetary sciences professor David Brain and marine ecologist Mike Gil. Register to attend.

Wednesday, March 17

Wellness Wednesday: Taking Care Through Celebration

 2–4 p.m.  In-person and Zoom
Come learn how to take care of yourself and others during celebrations. Registration is required.

Mobile Food Pantry

 2–4 p.m.  In-person (Parking lot 470, next to the Wolf Law Building)

The Mobile Food Pantry is free and open to CU Boulder students, faculty and staff and to members of Boulder County. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions, please email

Womxn’s Stories of Triumph, Joy and Success

 5–6:15 p.m. Virtual
The Center of Inclusion and Social Change is celebrating womxn’s stories of triumph, joy and success! Enjoy videos from CU Boulder community members reflecting on their stories of joy, followed by time and space for conversation, community and story sharing. Registration is required.

‘The Magic of RNA: From CRISPR to Coronavirus Vaccines’

 7 p.m.  Zoom
As people around the world are rolling up their sleeves for the coronavirus vaccine, Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor Tom Cech will discuss the evolution of our understanding of RNA, and how these discoveries have unlocked the exciting medical potential of CRISPR and the RNA-based coronavirus vaccines. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Register to attend.

Thursday, March 18

U.S. Department of State Foreign Service & Careers

Noon to 2 p.m. Virtual
Do you envision a career in politics? Whether advocating for human rights or democracy throughout the world, explaining American foreign policy to citizens of other countries, or assisting American citizens overseas, you can make a difference with the U.S. Department of State. Join the conversation with Scott Smith, U.S. Department of State foreign service officer and diplomat in residence. Register on Handshake for this free event.

Buffalo Nites: CU Boulder’s annual Poetry Slam

 7 p.m. Virtual
Join the Center for Student Involvement and the Dennis Small Cultural Center (DSCC) for the 18th annual Poetry Slam! Your fellow students will show off their skills and compete for prizes. 

Friday, March 19

Buffs After Dark: Virtual escape room

 7 p.m. Virtual
Just like physical escape rooms, digital escape rooms provide a challenging adventure! You’ll get the same puzzles and tasks to overcome as you all work toward a shared goal—escaping the room—but it’s all virtual! And to kick up the intensity a notch, you and your crew will only have a limited amount of time to do it. Learn more about Buffs After Dark.

Program Council Film Series: Piranha 3D

 8 p.m.  Chem 140
Bring your popcorn, grab a friend and come watch Piranha 3D. Find out what happens when flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers and the guests become their next meal.