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2 professors tapped to give Distinguished Research Lectures

Aug. 30, 2021

Rebecca Maloy of the School of Music and Roy Parker of Biochemistry and the BioFrontiers Institute have been selected to receive 2021-22 Distinguished Research Lectureships.

Graduate student Teyha Stockman, right, shows off her homemade bell cover made from medical mask material that helps decrease aerosol spread on her clarinet

Simple safety measures reduce musical COVID-19 transmission

Aug. 27, 2021

While playing musical instruments can emit potentially COVID-19-laden airborne particles, researchers have found that simple safety measures, such as masking instruments, social distancing and implementing time limits, significantly reduce this risk.

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COVID has spurred investments in air filtration for K-12 schools––but it’s not an instant fix

Aug. 26, 2021

Air-ventilation upgrades have been badly needed in U.S. classrooms long before the pandemic. Low-tech, low-cost filtration systems can make a big difference. Professor Mark Hernandez shares on The Conversation.

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New quantum 'stopwatch' can improve imaging technologies

Aug. 24, 2021

Engineers have developed the most efficient device to date for counting single photons, or the tiny packets of energy that make up light.

A view of the Fourmile Canyon Fire burning west of Boulder in 2010.

CU Boulder receives $1.1 million in EPA grants to reduce public exposure to wildland fire smoke

Aug. 23, 2021

Researchers have been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two projects to help school districts and communities reduce exposure to harmful pollution from wildland fire smoke.

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Geologists dig into Grand Canyon’s mysterious gap in time

Aug. 23, 2021

Hundreds of millions of years' worth of rocks have gone missing from the Grand Canyon's geologic record. Geologists are trying to discover why.

An aerial image of the Martian surface (Image via NASA)

Dust storms on Mars play a huge role in drying out the planet

Aug. 20, 2021

A new Nature Astronomy study led by Michael Chaffin, a researcher at CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, indicates that regional dust storms can play a significant role in drying out the Red Planet.

Women of Afghanistan stand outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Wednesday, March 1, 2006. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush made a surprise visit to the city and presided over a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the embassy. (Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika, US Army National Guard; Source: Wikimedia Commons)

What the pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan means for the nation’s women

Aug. 19, 2021

Geography professor Jennifer Fluri discusses what has changed for women in Afghanistan in the past 20 years and what’s at stake for women's education, as well as women's roles in politics, public life and the economy in light of current events.

flying fish

Fish fins are teaching us the secret to flexible robots, new shape-changing materials

Aug. 18, 2021

Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong, and understanding this useful combination of properties could inspire new morphing materials. Professor Francois Barthelat shares on The Conversation.

A collage of diverse women

The 'shecession': How the pandemic is impacting women’s careers

Aug. 18, 2021

Some fear the effects of the pandemic could have lasting impacts on everything from homeownership to wealth accumulation for women. They could even affect the kinds of people who end up in boardrooms and the scientific discoveries that are made in years to come.