CU Boulder undergraduate students, left to right, Adrian Bryant and Rithik Gangopadhyay work in the mission operations center for IXPE.

Students operate $214M spacecraft. ‘It’s like what you see in the movies.’

Jan. 18, 2022

In December, students and professionals sat in a mission operations center on campus to watch NASA's new Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer satellite blast off into space. But for the dedicated individuals managing the mission operations, the hard work had just begun.

A toy donation station, for families effected by the Marshal fire, is set up in the Northeast parking lot of SEEC.

If you really listen, survivors and emergency responders will tell you what they need

Jan. 13, 2022

Survivors of events like the recent Marshall Fire may face what sociologist Lori Peek called "the long tail of disaster-related trauma." She argues these survivors need mental health resources and support from friends and family long after the television cameras are gone.

President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, talks with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

Jan. 13, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils—racism, poverty and militarism. CU expert Anthony Siracusa shares on The Conversation.

Anthony Fauci and Donald Trump at a WH Press Briefing

When it comes to managing COVID, people place party over policy

Jan. 13, 2022

A global study of 13,000 individuals found people around the world base their opinions of COVID-19 policies on who supports them, not what's in them. It suggests scientists and bipartisan coalitions, not political elites, should be the first ones to communicate pandemic plans.

woman farming

A 21st-century reinvention of the electric grid is crucial for solving the climate change crisis

Jan. 12, 2022

Renewable energy is expanding at a record pace, but still not fast enough. CU experts Charles Kutscher and Jeffrey Logan share the key areas to watch for progress in bringing more wind and solar into the power grid in 2022. Read it on The Conversation.

Group of friends singing karaoke in a bar

Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID—new study

Jan. 11, 2022

Two years into the pandemic, most of us are fed up. We’d like to ride on a bus, sing in a choir, get back to the gym or dance in a nightclub without fear of catching COVID-19. Which of these activities are safe? And how safe exactly? Three CU experts share on The Conversation.

A scene from the Netflix move 'Don't Look Up'

How ‘Don’t Look Up’ plays with the portrayal of science in popular culture

Jan. 10, 2022

Adam McKay's new movie uses science fiction and comedy to explore elements of our current society—but it's not alone. Could we be in a new golden age of sci-fi entertainment? CU Boulder Today spoke with CMCI's Rick Stevens to find out.

Illustration of a mutating virus variant

Omicron at CU Boulder: What you can expect, what you can do

Jan. 10, 2022

As COVID-19’s omicron variant surges throughout many parts of the country and in Boulder County, researchers Kristen Bjorkman, Dan Larremore, Leslie Leinwand and Roy Parker are providing info to improve people’s awareness and safety.

Mountain range

Iodine in desert dust destroys ozone

Jan. 5, 2022

A new CU Boulder study shows iodine from desert dust can decrease air pollution, but it could prolong greenhouse gas lifetimes.

Fire in Boulder

How to mitigate post-fire smoke impacts in your home

Jan. 5, 2022

In the aftermath of the destructive Marshall Fire, CU Boulder and CIRES experts have compiled a resource of post-wildfire indoor air quality facts and solutions to mitigate smoke impacts in your home or business.