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Tracing the root of all race-related violence in the US

April 8, 2021

Read more from Jennifer Ho, professor and director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, in The Conversation.

Asian American child in mask holding 'Asian Lives Matter' sign at a rally

2 stereotypes that diminish the humanity of the Atlanta shooting victims—and all Asian Americans

March 29, 2021

The media tends to render Asian Americans as either a “perpetual foreigner” or “model minority”—both stereotypes that have been levied in tandem against immigrants from Asia since the 1830s. Associate Professor Angie Chuang shares on The Conversation.

A Jewish family gathers in person and over video conferencing for Passover celebrations in 2020

This Passover, as in the past, will be a time to recognize tragedies and offer hope for the future

March 24, 2021

Jewish families will gather for Passover this year in circumstances that will, like the celebration itself, reflect on dark times while holding out for better to come. Assistant Professor Samuel L. Boyd shares on The Conversation.

students in classroom with COVID-era dividers

Going forth with standardized tests may cause more problems than it solves

March 5, 2021

Despite the disruption and challenges of COVID-19, standardized tests for America's students are expected to proceed this spring or fall. But what will the tests really show? Three CU Boulder experts share on The Conversation.

coal power plant

What’s really driving coal power’s demise?

March 2, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn’t significantly accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here’s what did. Leeds School of Business professors David Drake and Jeff York share on The Conversation.

Dark matter image from NASA

On the hunt for dark matter

Feb. 25, 2021

In this week’s episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, postdoctoral fellow Benjamin Brubaker discusses a new way to speed up the search for one of the universe’s most elusive enigmas: dark matter.

Dark matter image from NASA

The search for dark matter gets a speed boost from quantum technology

Feb. 10, 2021

Researchers have found a way to speed up the search for dark matter using technology from quantum computing. Postdoctoral fellow Benjamin Brubaker shares on The Conversation.

Person uses skis to traverse snowy New York City

What exactly is the polar vortex?

Feb. 9, 2021

The term “polar vortex” is often used loosely to refer to unusually cold, snowy storms. The stratospheric polar vortex itself won’t appear in your backyard, but it does influence winter weather. Researchers Zachary Lawrence and Amy Butler share on The Conversation.

Feet standing on dry, cracked earth

Why the US rejoining the Paris climate accord matters at home and abroad—5 scholars explain

Jan. 26, 2021

The U.S. backing of the Paris Agreement has an influence on food security, health and safety, and the future warming of the planet. National Snow and Ice Data Center researcher Walt Meier and fellow scholars share on The Conversation.

Jill Biden holds the Bible as Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

From Biden’s giant Bible to Christian flags waved by rioters, ‘religion’ means different things to different people and different eras

Jan. 20, 2021

From the oath-taking on the Bible during the presidential swearing-in ceremony, to the “awe” and “restraint” of the early Christian world, the meaning of “religion” has gone through a long journey. Assistant Professor Sam Boyd shares on The Conversation.