Person hiking at sunrise in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado

Exposure to great outdoors reduced risk of depression, anxiety during pandemic

March 1, 2022

A new study of 1,200 Denver residents found those who spent more time in green spaces the first year of the pandemic reported less anxiety and depression. It also found that more than one-third spent more time in parks and on trails than they did pre-pandemic.

Pete Davidson with his mom in a Super Bowl commercial

What Super Bowl ads can teach us about ourselves: Q&A with Kelty Logan

Feb. 10, 2022

From Coke's “I'd like to teach the world to sing” in 1972 to Apple's iconic launch in 1984 to this year's raucous, carefree humor, Super Bowl ads reflect who we are as a culture—or what we'd like to be. Take a look back and forward with advertising industry veteran Kelty Logan.

Sara Sawyer

At-home COVID testing 101: A Q&A with virologist Sara Sawyer

Feb. 4, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service has been hard at work, delivering tens of millions of at-home COVID-19 tests to mailboxes across the country. With the tests’ arrival come a slew of questions. Get answers from CU Boulder virologist Sara Sawyer.

Richard Rogers

Too many Americans are dying young. This professor is calling for action

Jan. 31, 2022

A comprehensive new report spearheaded by CU Boulder Sociology Professor Richard Rogers shows U.S. youth are far less likely to make it to their 25th birthday than their peers in wealthy nations, due largely to child poverty and a lack of social safety nets here. The authors are calling on policymakers to take "immediate and aggressive action."

Children play at a light table for part of a sleep study

Even minor exposure to light before bedtime may disrupt a preschooler’s sleep

Jan. 25, 2022

A new study shows when preschoolers are exposed to even dim light in the hour before bedtime it can significantly lower levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, potentially disrupting sleep. The research serves as a reminder to parents to turn off electronics and dim the lights to promote healthy sleep in children.

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.

Blake Leeper runs in gym

World’s fastest blade runner gets no competitive advantage from prostheses, study shows

Jan. 5, 2022

A new, long-awaited study shows amputee sprinters using running prostheses, or blades, have no clear competitive advantage at the 400-meter distance compared to sprinters with biological legs. The research puts into question sports governing body policies that limit the height of prostheses.

A nurse holding a test tube

Testing only the unvaccinated may do little to curb spread of omicron

Dec. 21, 2021

New CU Boulder research suggests that in highly vaccinated regions, including Colorado, most infections will soon be breakthrough cases, and money spent on testing the unvaccinated could be better spent on other public health measures.

Illustration of a mutating virus variant

How is this variant different? 10 omicron questions answered

Dec. 10, 2021

Two CU Boulder scientists discuss what’s different about omicron, why people are watching it closely and what can be done to prevent more variants of concern from emerging.

A protester holds a stop the steal sign

Republicans lost faith in 2020 election results. Fox News played pivotal role

Dec. 1, 2021

A new CU Boulder study shows that in the days following the 2020 presidential election, Republicans grew increasingly doubtful that the vote count was legitimate. Regardless of party, the more an individual trusted and consumed Fox News, the less faith they had in the electoral process.