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NYC schools to use video games to teach computer coding

July 29, 2014

A program designed at the University of Colorado Boulder to teach kids to code using video games is being introduced into New York City public schools as part of an initiative to give every student access to computer science education. Scalable Game Design is a program developed over two decades by CU-Boulder computer science Professor Alexander Repenning to spark an interest in coding among kids by allowing them to design and build their own video games. The idea behind the program, which uses drag-and-drop programming tools, is to combat the widely held notion that computer programming is hard and boring.

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International team involving CU-Boulder to use Hubble Space Telescope for early galaxy hunt

July 15, 2014

An international team led by the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge and involving the University of Colorado Boulder has a new tool to look for the oldest galaxies in the universe: 32 days of observing time with the Hubble Space Telescope.

CU-Boulder hosts International Conference of the Learning Sciences

July 1, 2014

Last week, the CU-Boulder School of Education hosted more than 750 scholars and graduate students from all over the world for the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) . Chaired this year by professors Bill Penuel, Susan Jurow and Kevin O’Connor, the conference has been held biannually for more than 20 years in places such as Australia and the Netherlands as well as throughout the United States.

CU-Boulder, Harvard and Northwestern launch center to study how educational leaders use research

June 25, 2014

The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $5 million to the University of Colorado Boulder, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and Northwestern University to create a new center that will study how educational leaders—including school district supervisors and principals—use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.

Novel antioxidant makes old arteries seem young again, CU-Boulder study finds

May 5, 2014

An antioxidant that targets specific cell structures—mitochondria—may be able to reverse some of the negative effects of aging on arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. When the research team gave old mice—the equivalent of 70- to 80-year-old humans—water containing an antioxidant known as MitoQ for four weeks, their arteries functioned as well as the arteries of mice with an equivalent human age of just 25 to 35 years.

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Five CU-Boulder students offered Fulbright awards for 2014-15

May 1, 2014

Five University of Colorado Boulder graduate students or alumni have been offered Fulbright grants to pursue teaching, research and graduate studies abroad during the 2014-15 academic year. One doctoral student’s proposed topic of study in Thailand is the use of ultraviolet light and LED (light-emitting diode) technology to remove pathogens from reusable wastewater. Another doctoral student plans to study media practices and products in Australia that shape a particular Aboriginal identity.

Neanderthals were not inferior to modern humans, says CU-Boulder study

April 30, 2014

If you think Neanderthals were stupid and primitive, it’s time to think again. The widely held notion that Neanderthals were dimwitted and that their inferior intelligence allowed them to be driven to extinction by the much brighter ancestors of modern humans is not supported by scientific evidence, according to a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

CU-Boulder to host Money Smart Week to help students be ‘financially fearless’

April 16, 2014

The University of Colorado Boulder’s financial education program, CU Money Sense, will host Money Smart Week 2014 on April 21-24 to help celebrate National Financial Literacy Month.

CU-Boulder students qualify for international venture capital competition April 10-12

April 7, 2014

A team of University of Colorado Boulder graduate students has qualified for the final round of an international venture capital competition April 10-12 thanks in part to what it dubs its secret sauce: the local startup community.

Kathleen Sebelius to give keynote at CU’s Conference on World Affairs

March 31, 2014

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Colorado Boulder’s annual Conference on World Affairs to be held April 7-11. Sebelius’ address, “The Globalization of Health,” will be presented on Monday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. in Macky Auditorium. All of the conference’s 200 panel discussions, performances and plenaries are free and open to the public.