Evolution of human 'super-brain' tied to development of bipedalism, tool-making

April 20, 2011

Scientists seeking to understand the origin of the human mind may want to look to honeybees -- not ancestral apes -- for at least some of the answers, according to a University of Colorado Boulder archaeologist.

Two CU-Boulder students win $150,000 teaching fellowships

April 19, 2011

Two students at the University of Colorado Boulder have been awarded major teaching fellowships by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, or KSTF, for 2011. CU-Boulder undergraduates Julia Ratcliff and Cacia Steensen were among 37 new fellowships awarded nationwide for teachers of biology, mathematics and physical science.

CU-Boulder sources on Gulf oil spill anniversary on April 20

April 19, 2011

Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering and a water treatment expert, has been leading a yearlong study of the environmental fate of the oil dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup. His research team has traveled to the Gulf area to collect samples and is investigating the chemical constituents in the dispersant, as well as its sunlight-based decay in the laboratory. Linden can be reached at 303-492-4798 or karl.linden@colorado.edu .

Gulf oil spill similar to Exxon Valdez in initial social and mental impacts, study finds

April 19, 2011

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused social disruption and psychological stress among Gulf residents that is similar to the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill and the impacts are likely to persist for years, a new study finds.

Engineering Days, two design expos scheduled at CU-Boulder April 19-23

April 15, 2011

Engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder are gearing up for a week of intensive activity April 19-23 when they will celebrate Engineering Days and display hands-on design projects at two Design Expos.

Who wants to deliberate with politicians? More than some expected, study finds

April 4, 2011

Conventional wisdom suggests that average citizens hate politics, loathe hyper-partisan gridlock, balk at voting even in presidential election years and are, incidentally, woefully ill-informed.

Colorado business leaders' confidence at highest level since 2006, says CU Leeds School Index

April 1, 2011

Colorado business leaders' confidence is at its highest level since the second quarter of 2006, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business.

New study shows federal labs injected $1.5 billion into state's economy and supported 16,000 jobs in 2010

March 31, 2011

The federal laboratories in Colorado together with their affiliates contributed $1.5 billion to the state economy in fiscal year 2010, and accounted for more than 16,000 direct and indirect jobs, a new survey shows.

NREL fellow honored for 'chemistry in the public interest'

March 30, 2011

Dr. Arthur J. Nozik, senior research fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will be awarded the Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest, from the American Chemical Society's Northeastern Section at Harvard University on April 14.

'Wicked Weed of the West' waning with effect of weevils, other nontoxic remedies, CU finds

March 30, 2011

It's not often that plants are described as diabolical, but spotted knapweed has that rare distinction. A 2004 issue of Smithsonian magazine, for instance, dubbed it the "wicked weed of the West," a "national menace" and a "weed of mass destruction."