U.S. State Department appoints CU-Boulder Professor Bernard Amadei as Science Envoy

Nov. 9, 2012

University of Colorado Boulder Professor Bernard Amadei has been appointed one of three new Science Envoys who will help strengthen U.S. ties with other countries to address global challenges, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today. Amadei, who holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at CU-Boulder, along with professors Susan Hockfield of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barbara Schaal of Washington University in St. Louis, make up the third cohort of Science Envoys since the program’s inception in 2009.

CU-Boulder startup company receives Gates Foundation exploration grant

Nov. 1, 2012

A new startup company that sprang from the University of Colorado Boulder this year is a Grand Challenges Exploration winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Psychology and neurosciences department Associate Professor Don Cooper, co-founder and chief science officer of Mobile Assay Inc. of Boulder who developed the technology in his laboratory at CU’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled “A Lab on Mobile Device Platform for Seed Testing.”

Buff Essentials Week to be held Oct. 1-6

Sept. 28, 2012

The University of Colorado Boulder will host Buff Essentials Week, an annual event held to support freshmen in acclimating to college life, Oct. 1-6. First-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to attend at least three events before registering for spring semester classes in November. Students can choose sessions related to academic advising, research opportunities, nutrition, career counseling, note taking, study abroad and others. All students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in the events.

Engineers Without Borders-USA marks 10th anniversary as CU-Boulder hosts regional conference

Sept. 25, 2012

More than 100 students, faculty and professional engineers from a seven-state region are expected to gather in Boulder Oct. 5-7 to learn about sustainable engineering practices that can benefit the developing world. The University of Colorado Boulder will host the 2012 Mountain Region Conference for Engineers Without Borders-USA, a nonprofit organization founded by CU engineering Professor Bernard Amadei 10 years ago after he was asked to engineer a water pump for a village in Belize.

New CU-Boulder study clarifies diversity, distribution of cutthroat trout in Colorado

Sept. 24, 2012

A novel genetic study led by the University of Colorado Boulder has helped to clarify the native diversity and distribution of cutthroat trout in Colorado, including the past and present haunts of the federally endangered greenback cutthroat trout.

CU-Boulder’s Student Involvement Week kicks off Sept. 4

Aug. 31, 2012

With hundreds of student groups, clubs and organizations on campus, students at the University of Colorado Boulder have numerous opportunities to find their niche. Beginning Sept. 4, CU-Boulder will hold its annual Student Involvement Week, which includes a variety of events and fairs offering students information about different clubs and organizations on campus and in the greater Boulder community.

CU-Boulder team wins nearly $780,000 ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ grant from Gates Foundation

Aug. 14, 2012

An interdisciplinary team of student and faculty engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder has won a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its proposal to develop a solar-biochar toilet for use in developing countries throughout the world. The grant is part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, or RTTC, initiated by the Gates Foundation to address a sanitation challenge affecting nearly 40 percent of the world’s population.

New study involving CU-Boulder shows heroin, morphine addiction can be blocked

Aug. 14, 2012

University of Adelaide news release In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado Boulder has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief. The team has discovered the key mechanism in the body’s immune system that amplifies addiction to opioid drugs. Laboratory studies involving rats have shown that the drug (+)-naloxone will selectively block the immune-addiction response.

CU-Boulder sources on 2012 election

Aug. 14, 2012

Presidential Election. Kenneth Bickers, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, can comment on the U.S. presidential race in Colorado and nationally, campaign issues and tactics, the youth vote and the 2012 election in general. He also can discuss whether a political party gains any advantage in the state where it holds its national convention. He can be reached at 303-492-2363 or bickers@colorado.edu .

CU-led team discovers new atmospheric compound tied to climate change and human health issues

Aug. 8, 2012

An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Helsinki has discovered a surprising new chemical compound in Earth’s atmosphere that reacts with sulfur dioxide to form sulfuric acid, which is known to have significant impacts on climate and health.

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