Professor Jill Litt checks on a plant with colleagues Evan Coringrato, Erin Decker and Angel Villalobos

The scientific reasons you should resolve to start gardening in 2023

Jan. 5, 2023

The first-ever randomized controlled trial of community gardening shows it boosts fiber intake and physical activity while decreasing stress and anxiety. It could even reduce risk of cancer and chronic illness. And that’s all in the first season of getting your hands dirty.

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‘To save our pets, we need to know our neighbors.’ Lessons from the Marshall Fire

Dec. 21, 2022

A new CU Boulder study estimates more than 1,000 house pets perished in the Marshall Fire. With the one-year anniversary approaching, the study authors encourage guardians to have a pet evacuation plan in place. They're also helping to develop a new pet rescue app.

Graduates toss their caps in the air

Access to IUDs, other long-acting contraception boosts college graduation rates

Dec. 15, 2022

Women with easier access to the full range of contraceptive methods, including intrauterine devices and implants, are as much as 12% more likely to obtain a four-year college degree than those with more limited access, according to new research. The study comes amid growing concerns that access to certain forms of contraception is under threat in some areas of the country.

UV light

Ultraviolet light can annihilate COVID-19 aerosols, but there’s a tradeoff with air quality

Dec. 15, 2022

A new CIRES-led study finds germicidal ultraviolet light disinfection can be used to fight COVID-19 in high-risk environments. However, the technique produces harmful secondary chemicals in indoor air, with a significant but not overwhelming impact. There are multiple strategies that can be used to minimize the air quality impact, which are now under investigation.

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Not-so-private eyes: Eye movements hold clues to how we make decisions

Dec. 13, 2022

New findings from mechanical engineers at CU Boulder could, one day, help doctors screen patients for illnesses like depression or Parkinson's Disease.

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Economist finds sweet success with soda taxes

Dec. 12, 2022

A CU Boulder researcher has found soda taxes aren’t as regressive as previously feared and do decrease body mass index among non-white youth.

Laurel Hind in the lab

Building the body better: Prof's immune cell function research receives $1.8M award

Dec. 8, 2022

Laurel Hind has received a $1.8 million award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study white blood cells called neutrophils. Her team’s long-term goal: to identify new targets for therapeutic development.

Grace Leslie plays the flute in front oof computer screens while a small group of people look on

Can music heal? This artist and researcher wants to find out

Dec. 6, 2022

When Grace Leslie steps onstage, she wears a high-tech cap that transforms the pulses in her body and brain into haunting, hypnotic sounds. She hopes that same kind of musical connection can help people heal.

Model of the human brain

What stress does to your brain, and what future remedies could look like

Dec. 1, 2022

Neuroscientists at CU Boulder have discovered that a specific type of brain cell could be a key player in making you feel the negative impacts of stress.

Women, Life, Freedom signs held by protestors

What Iranian protests mean in the fight for global women’s bodily autonomy

Nov. 21, 2022

Protests in Iran have sent shockwaves through the country as thousands across the globe have joined in solidarity. Marie Ranjbar explains the history of women-led protests in Iran, what's different this time and what the global community can do to support women's bodily autonomy there.