zooplankton (Daphnia dentifera)

How plankton hold secrets to preventing pandemics

May 17, 2021

Whether it’s plankton exposed to parasites or people exposed to pathogens, a host’s initial immune response plays an integral role in determining whether infection occurs and to what degree it spreads within a population, new CU Boulder research suggests.

New MERV-13 air filters and air handler unit on the CU Boulder campus. 

To prevent next pandemic, scientists say we must regulate air like food and water

May 13, 2021

A group of 39 researchers from 14 countries say we need to change how we regulate the air we breathe inside buildings, like we do the food we eat and the water we drink, in order to reduce disease transmission and prevent the next pandemic.

A student getting a vaccine

Still hesitant to get the shot? 7 COVID vaccine concerns addressed

May 5, 2021

Some worry the science was rushed. Others question whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Here's what Teresa Foley, a teaching professor of distinction in integrative physiology, tells students, acquaintances and family who are hesitant.

Students celebrate high school graduation

Greater access to birth control boosts high school graduation rates

May 5, 2021

In 2009, Colorado launched an ambitious initiative that enabled federally-funded Title X clinics to provide a broad array of birth control options for free or at a low cost. A new study shows the program significantly boosted graduation rates in the state, enabling 3,800 more women to get a diploma.

A face covering suspended in air with a purple background. (Unsplash/Heyde Matthias)

How scientists know the coronavirus spreads mostly through the air

April 29, 2021

There is strong evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is predominantly transmitted through the air, and therefore public health measures that fail to treat the virus as predominantly airborne leave people unprotected and allow the virus to spread.

Gloved hands hold a vaccine vial

To safely return to ‘normal,’ 70% of Coloradans must get COVID vaccine

April 28, 2021

The state is heading in the right direction, but still has a lot of work to do before it can remove all public health restrictions, such as mask mandates, researchers say.

Denver Post protesters

Why news matters: Film spotlights instructor's fight to save local journalism

April 28, 2021

A new documentary debuting this week on PBS centers around the efforts of Chuck Plunkett, now director of CU News Corps, to push back against newsroom layoffs around the country and save local journalism.

Student volunteers in masks on the CU Boulder campus

Student-led spring study shows high mask compliance on campus

April 28, 2021

A new study of mask compliance across 53 campuses, including CU Boulder, suggests that while there's some room for improvement, college students are listening to public health advice and wearing face coverings.

Associate Professor Anushree Chatterjee and grad student in a lab

Drug development platform could provide flexible, rapid and targeted antimicrobials

April 27, 2021

Researchers have created a platform that can develop effective and highly specific peptide nucleic acid therapies for use against any bacteria within just one week—work could change the way we respond to pandemics and how we approach increasing cases of antibiotic resistance globally.

A police officer

Making the decision to shoot

April 23, 2021

A CU Boulder researcher has found that practice reduces racial bias in a first-person shooter simulation—but the benefits only go so far.