Moon rises over the Boulder Flatirons

CU Boulder at AGU 2023: From Earth to space

Dec. 7, 2023

From Dec. 11-15, tens of thousands of people from more than 100 countries will gather in San Francisco for the 2023 meeting of the American Geophysical Union . Scientists from across CU Boulder will attend the event to share their research about the search for life on Mars, small satellites...

Jorge Santiago Ramírez and Kaitlyn Bishay examine a research poster at the 2023 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum

A connection that crosses 250 miles

Dec. 7, 2023

Grand Junction and Boulder sit on opposite sides of the Continental Divide. As far apart as these cities are, they’re brought together by a commitment to water conservation, as years of heavy drought dwindle the state’s water supply.

Volunteers at the voting location at the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota

Empowering Native voices: The Natives Vote Initiative

Dec. 7, 2023

In 2018, a change in North Dakota’s voter ID requirements posed a potential threat to the voting rights of tribal members. In response, the Natives Vote team was launched to address the unique challenges Native communities face exercising their right to vote.

Brian Hynek holding a walking stick on the shore of a lagoon

Deep within an inhospitable desert, a window to first life on Earth

Dec. 6, 2023

In Argentina's Puna de Atacama, a parched plateau more than 12,000 feet above sea level, a series of lagoons are home to microbial communities that seem to resemble nothing else alive on Earth today. But time may be running out to study them.

an Apollonian circle packing puzzle laser cut from wood

CU students follow their noses, disprove math conjecture

Dec. 6, 2023

Graduate student Summer Haag and junior Clyde Kertzer made major news in the math world while working on a summer research project.

STEM Launch students Delilah Viano (left) and Adriana Schisel (right) stop to look at a burn scar along the Fern Lake Trail

Day in national park helps students see forest recovery in real time

Dec. 6, 2023

Eighth graders from STEM Launch, a school in Thornton, spent weeks learning about CIRES’ Future of Forests curriculum, followed by a day at Rocky Mountain National Park.

a large menorah in front of a Christmas tree at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

Hanukkah celebrations have changed dramatically—but the same is true of Christmas

Dec. 5, 2023

Assimilation no doubt played a role in making Hanukkah the commercialized holiday it is today. But other factors shaped the modern festival, too, says CU expert Samira Mehta. Read more on The Conversation.

Denver's skyline. The foreground shows cars driving on a highway.

Colorado economic outlook: Slowing growth in a turbulent economy

Dec. 4, 2023

Despite persistent inflation, elevated interest rates, a worker shortage and slowing consumer spending, Colorado’s economy should remain resilient in 2024, according to the Business Economic Outlook released by the Leeds School of Business.


Protecting trees to save people from climate disaster

Dec. 4, 2023

Professor Colleen Lyons shares her take on a loss and damage fund to support forest health around the world as a critical climate change mitigation strategy. She is presenting a related call to action at COP28.

Colorful microscopic image of a regularly repeating pattern

‘Doughnut’ beams help physicists see incredibly small objects

Dec. 4, 2023

A new laser-based technique can create images of structures too tiny to view with traditional microscopes, and without damaging them. The approach could help scientists inspect nanoelectronics, including the semiconductors in computer chips.