cloth face masks

Don’t throw that cloth mask away yet—it still works

Sept. 9, 2021

New research finds that washing and drying cotton cloth masks doesn’t reduce their ability to filter out viral particles.

Smog, also known as ground level ozone, shown here in Denver, is a growing problem in the western United States. Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Amid wildfires and a pandemic, here’s how to keep your indoor air clean

Sept. 7, 2021

Learn about the easy and effective ways we can keep our indoor air clean from ozone, wildfire smoke and COVID-19.

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.

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.

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.

Tim Whiten: Tools of Conveyance (Installation view)

CU Art Museum re-opens with new shows, artist-in-residence

Aug. 13, 2021

After being closed to the public for past 17 month, the CU Art Museum is celebrating its re-opening with three new shows, as well as a visiting artist-in-residence this fall.

Irene Francino Urdaniz works on her spike protein research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Mutation-mapping tool could yield stronger COVID boosters, universal vaccines

Aug. 10, 2021

Researchers have developed a platform that can quickly identify common mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which could inform the development of more effective booster vaccines and tailored antibody treatments for patients with COVID-19.

The aftermath of 2021 floods in Poudre Canyon.

How fire today will impact water tomorrow

July 29, 2021

In light of recent Colorado fires, floods and landslides, CU Boulder Today spoke with environmental experts Fernando Rosario-Ortiz and Ben Livneh about how fire may shape the future of water in the West.

Trees on Niwot Ridge

Extreme heat, dry summers main cause of tree death in Colorado’s subalpine forests

July 26, 2021

Even in the absence of bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire, trees in Colorado subalpine forests are dying at increasing rates from warmer and drier summer conditions.

Hyena licking her cub

Early-life social connections influence gene expression, stress resilience

July 22, 2021

Having friends may not only be good for the health of your social life, but also for your actual health—if you’re a hyena, that is. Strong social connections and greater maternal care early in life can influence molecular markers and future stress response, researchers found.