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Stock photo of school lockers.School violence prevention experts available to comment on Florida shooting

Police in Broward County, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon responded to a school shooting with multiple fatalities at Parkland High School. A suspect was placed in custody. Researchers with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder are available to discuss strategies for preventing school shootings.

They can also discuss lessons learned from a study they published in the aftermath of the 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting in Colorado. The study identifies 32 prevention strategies.

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Immigration debate and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

CU Boulder experts can discuss the immigration debate and the implications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

Violeta Chapin, clinical professor of law at Colorado Law, can discuss specifics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and what's next for people who have pending DACA applications or would like to renew. She can be reached at

Fernando Riosmena can discuss the role of immigration policy in driving legal and undocumented migration to the U.S. He can be reached at

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2018 Winter Olympics

CU Boulder has experts available for media interviews regarding international relationships with North Korea, doping issues, sports governance and mental health and social issues in sports.

North Korea: Steve Chan, professor of political science, can talk about the macro-level international politics serving as a backdrop to this year’s events. He can be reached at

Doping and sports governance: Roger Pielke, Jr. is director of the CU Boulder Department of Athletics Sports Governance Center. Pielke can speak on anti-doping regulation, including the Russian doping saga, and Olympic sports governance more generally. He can be reached at

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SpaceX rocket launch

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch

CU Boulder experts can address issues related to the successful launch of the world’s most powerful rocket, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science and former chief technologist for NASA, can discuss the technical aspects of the launch and what it means for the U.S. space program.

Phil Larson, assistant dean and chief of staff at the College of Engineering and Applied Science and former member of the SpaceX strategic communications team, can discuss implications for commercial space travel and the aerospace industry in general.

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U.S. House of Representatives

Tax overhaul bill

The House and Senate are acting on the tax overhaul bill this week. CU Boulder experts are available to discuss the economic and legal impacts of the bill.

Why people want to pay taxes: Sven Steinmo, political science professor, has done research on why people want to pay taxes. He can be reached at

Monetary policy and labor dynamics: Miles Kimball, economics chair, is a pioneering expert on monetary policy and has published works on labor dynamics.  He can be reached at

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FCC overturns net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14 voted to roll back net neutrality rules and announced it will no longer classify high-speed internet as a public utility. CU Boulder experts are available to discuss the implications.

Nathan Schneider, a scholar in residence in the Media Studies department at CU Boulder, is available to discuss how the move could impact industry competition. Contact:

Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law and Telecommunications at Colorado Law and can discuss what net neutrality is, its history and the impacts of the FCC vote.Contact:

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Bear Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument

Charles Wilkinson, a distinguished professor at Colorado Law, has worked with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition to advance conservation efforts. He was one of the main architects behind an October 2015 coalition proposal to Obama for the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument. Wilkinson can discuss the history embedded in the Bears Ears landscape, the formation of the Inter-Tribal Coalition’s proposal, Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act for the national monument designation and more. He can be reached at

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Wildfires in the U.S.

Jennifer Balch is the director of CU Boulder’s Earth Lab and can speak to the decades-long expansion of wildfire niche and the human impact on the fire season. She may be reached at 303-492-6343 or jennifer.balch@colorado.eduRead more about her research, listen to a podcast and download audio clips.

Michael Kodas is the deputy director of CU Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism and author of the forthcoming book Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame. He may be reached at 303-492-0523 or

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North Korea

Professor Brian Toon of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics can talk about the heightened military tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Toon also is an expert on the environmental and human impacts of nuclear war. Toon can be reached at or 303-492-1534.

Professor Steve Chan of political science and the Center for Asian Studies can talk about national security as it relates to the U.S. and North Korea. Chan can be reached at or 303-492-7904.

Associate Professor Hun Shik Kim of the College of Media, Communication and Information, who was previously a network television reporter and news producer for the Korean Broadcasting System, can talk about issues related to North Korea and security in the northeast Asian region. Kim can be reached at or 303-492-0324.

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Policy shifts under President Trump

On Afghanistan: Jennifer Fluri, associate professor of geography, can discuss various aspects of Afghanistan, including international development, conflict and conflict mediation, peace-building and gender. She recently co-authored The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and other American-Afghan Entanglements, a book which examines the actions of everyday people involved with the flood of aid and development dollars that entered the country following the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by the United States. Fluri can be reached at

On health care: Dayna Matthew, professor of law and director of the Health Law and Policy program at Colorado Law, can discuss what it would take to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the confirmation hearing of Tom Price, as well as any changes in health care under the new administration. Matthew can be reached at

On immigration policy: Fernando Riosmena, associate professor in the department of geography, studies the drivers and motivations behind migration decisions. This includes undocumented moves or visa overstays and the impacts of immigration policy. Riosmena can be reached at

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Charlottesville and white nationalism

CU Boulder doctoral student Kevan Feshami of the College of Media, Communication and Information can talk about the white nationalist movement and the white genocide conspiracy theory. He also can talk about the evolution of the white nationalist movement in the age of digital media, including material being shared on reading forums, websites, blogs and social media accounts. Feshami can be reached at

CU Boulder Assistant Professor Benjamin Teitelbaum, an affiliate of the International Affairs Program, can talk about white nationalism and right-wing extremism. He authored an op-ed piece in Monday’s Wall Street Journal on what he calls the waning respectability of white nationalists. Teitelbaum can be reached at

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An army major general speaks with responders at an exercise at Fort Hood, Texas.

Immigration enforcement

Arturo Aldama can place into historical and ideological contexts such topics as nativism, immigration and the “push-pull” from Mexico, and the 1950s-era “Operation Wetback,” an immigration enforcement initiative with Mexico. Aldama can be reached at

Megan Hall can discuss issues related to immigration enforcement and immigration detention, including the interaction between the criminal justice and immigration systems; the asylum process; release options (including bond and parole) for people taken into immigration custody; and expedited removal (deportation without a hearing). Hall can be reached at

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Donald Trump

Executive orders: Pipeline, environmental review

Sarah Krakoff is the Raphael J. Moses Professor of Law and an expert in natural resources law, American Indian law, public lands management and environmental justice. She can address legal implications of the recent executive memoranda on expediting environmental review and the Dakota Access pipeline. Krakoff can be reached at

Liesel Ritchie is the associate director of the Natural Hazards Research Center. She has been involved in conducting impact assessments associated with oil and gas development activities with First Nations groups in British Columbia and northern Alberta, Canada. She can discuss potential social impacts associated with such activities, including community concerns about risks and hazards. Ritchie can be reached at

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Russian cybersecurity and foreign relations

On cybersecurity: Joe McManus is an expert in network security, network forensics and Internet-of-Things security. He can discuss issues related to hacking, forensics and the current threat landscape. McManus can be reached at

On foreign relations: John O’Loughlin’s research on Russia has centered on Russia’s geopolitics and foreign policy toward Ukraine, internal conflicts within Russia (especially the North Caucasus), the creation and survival of Russian-supported separatist regions in the former Soviet Union and the conflict in Ukraine. O’Loughlin can be reached at

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