Students sit on the house

A house run on the sun: How a team of CU students SPARC-ed advances for modern mountain housing

April 12, 2021

A modest new house in Fraser, Colorado—considered the coldest town in the lower-48—is no ordinary home. With it, a team of Buffs will compete this week in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon for the first time since 2007.

Sona Dimidjian

Buff Innovator Insights podcast: Sona Dimidjian on helping the young thrive

April 8, 2021

Hear how Sona Dimidjian, director of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute, is using the lessons of her life and early career to lead research, programs and courses to help ensure every young person has the opportunity to thrive, and more.

Sampling station and manhole

Not a moment to waste: How a resource beneath our campus has been key during COVID-19

April 1, 2021

A dedicated team of faculty, staff and students has been working around the clock since the start of the fall semester to monitor the virus that causes COVID-19 in our campus wastewater. It's been critical to keeping campus safe during this pandemic, and systems like it could even help us catch the next one.

Lori Peek

Buff Innovator Insights podcast: New episode features Lori Peek

March 31, 2021

Hear about Lori Peek's formative years in small-town Kansas, her love for teaching and mentoring and how her research is helping us learn from disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the COVID-19 pandemic. Peek is a professor, faculty associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science and the director of the Natural Hazards Center.

The CU Boulder Hyperloop team

CU Hyperloop team 'digs in' for chance at victory

March 31, 2021

The CU Boulder Hyperloop team is one of only a dozen finalists for The Boring Company’s Not-A-Boring Competition, rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich.

The CU Sounding Rocket Lab team at a launch in November 2019

CU Sounding Rocket Lab: On a mission to space

March 31, 2021

Only one student rocketry team has successfully passed the internationally-accepted boundary of space, the 100km Karman line. The CU Boulder Sounding Rocket Lab will join that league soon—they know it won't be easy, but they're ready for the challenge.

An illustration of quantum entanglement

JILA theoretical physicists predict quantum interactions within 3D molecules

March 29, 2021

JILA's Ana Maria Rey and Thomas Bilitewski are looking at compressed potassium and rubidium gases to predict the quantum interactions between the molecules within this gas—a large advancement forward within the field of quantum physics.

A cluster of bees seen up close

Bees form scent-driven phone tree to pass along messages

March 25, 2021

Think of it as a testament to a honeybee's love for its queen: Bees build what looks like a telecommunications network to pass messages, in the form of pheromones, from their queen to other members of a colony.

Jun Ye in his lab at JILA. (Credit: CU Boulder)

Latest Buff Innovator Insights episode features physicist Jun Ye

March 24, 2021

Follow Jun Ye, director of the CUbit Quantum Initiative, from his childhood in China to helping realize the vast potential of quantum science and technology at CU Boulder.

Image of damage following the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami in 2011

Shideh Dashti reflects on anniversary of Fukushima disaster

March 19, 2021

Associate Professor Shideh Dashti answered questions on the anniversary of the disaster. Her team researches the influence of extreme events on interacting soil-foundation-structure systems and the resilience of urban infrastructure.