A nurse administers a vaccine

Why older adults must go to the front of the vaccine line

Jan. 21, 2021

As leaders face tough decisions about who to vaccinate against COVID-19, a new study finds that vaccinating adults 60 or older first will save the most lives in the long term.

Professor Mark Hernandez demonstrates the installation process for the classroom air quality remote sensors to CU Boulder student volunteer technicians Christiane Nitcheu and Sylvia Akol. (Photos courtesy Anna Segur)

Researchers fight COVID-19 with new air filtration in Denver Public Schools

Jan. 13, 2021

When students in more than 20 Denver Public Schools return to classrooms for the spring semester, they’ll be coming back to cleaner indoor air, thanks in part to work being done by CU Boulder environmental engineering researchers.

A person lifting a barbell (Photo by Andrew "Donovan" Valdivia/Unsplash)

Taking a look at sweat, bleach and gym air quality

Jan. 13, 2021

A CU Boulder study shows human emissions, including amino acids from sweat or acetone from breath, can chemically combine with bleach cleaners to form new airborne chemicals with unknown impacts to indoor air quality.

Corrie Detweiler

With COVID-19 exacerbating the threat of superbugs, researchers ID new weapon

Dec. 23, 2020

CU Boulder researchers have discovered a new compound capable of pushing past the defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It, and other recent discoveries from the lab, could lead to a new arsenal for combating the rising threat of superbugs.

Student plays a musical instrument with a mask and a face shield on.

10 research discoveries from 2020 you won’t want to miss

Dec. 17, 2020

From diving Neanderthals to saliva-based COVID-19 tests, we remember the year in research at CU Boulder.

Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium

Whether it's 2020 or Baby Shark: Study offers clues on how to stop thinking about it

Dec. 17, 2020

A new neuroimaging study offers a first look at what happens in the brain when we try to stop thinking about one thing in order to make room for new ideas. The findings offer clues on how to be more productive when studying and working. They could also lead to new therapies for trauma and anxiety disorders.

A person using a trail bridge in Rwanda

CU Center leading work to study trail bridge use in rural Rwanda

Dec. 15, 2020

A team from the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering recently published results from a pilot impact evaluation of trail bridges in rural Rwanda. They installed sensors to monitor use at 12 bridge sites constructed by Denver-based nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity.

Vaccines in syringes

Who should get the first COVID-19 vaccines? Global study provides insights

Dec. 10, 2020

With vaccines beginning to roll out, policymakers face tough decisions on whom to bring to the front of the line. New research shows prioritizing people older than 60 will save the most lives, but prioritizing young adults works best to reduce spread. And some regions may want to ask those who've already had the virus to offer up their place in line.

A woman smelling a flower

How a simple smell test could curb COVID-19 and help reopen the economy

Dec. 9, 2020

A new mathematical modeling study by CU Boulder scientists suggests a simple scratch-and-sniff test could play an important role in screening for COVID-19. An alumnus has already invented a 50-cent test that interfaces with a smartphone app, and more research is underway.

A sign seen at a climate change protest

No country immune from the health harms of climate change

Dec. 4, 2020

Unless urgent action is taken, climate change will increasingly threaten global health, disrupt lives and livelihoods, and overwhelm healthcare systems, according to the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown involving CU Boulder.