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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Through the lens of the law: Interpreting video evidence in the digital age

April 20, 2021

Sandra Ristovska is undertaking the first rigorous publicly engaged research project to address the intricacies of “seeing” in court, systematically examining the use of video as evidence in state and federal court trials in criminal, immigration and American Indian law.

Painting of army invading the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan

Across centuries and diseases, poverty, conflict and racism fuel pandemics

April 16, 2021

The current COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks aren't just biological phenomena, a team of archaeologists argue—these events are also shaped by the broader welfare of human societies.

tao tangles in the brain

How a tangled protein kills brain cells, promotes Alzheimer's

April 15, 2021

More than 70% of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and the concussion-related disorder CTE, are believed to be fueled by protein clusters called tau aggregates. A new study sheds light on how they damage brain cells, and could ultimately lead to new therapies for such "tauopathies."