Maciej Walczak and his lab group

Chemist to study molecular inner workings of Alzheimer’s disease

July 6, 2023

Maciej Walczak, CU Boulder associate professor of chemistry, won a $2 million NIH grant to investigate how certain sugars modify a brain protein associated with neurodegeneration.

The HIV virus, a retrovirus, under the microscope

Remnants of ancient virus may fuel ALS in people

June 6, 2023

An ancient, virus-like protein best known for its essential role in placental development may, when over-expressed, fuel ALS—aka Lou Gehrig's disease—and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to new research. The discovery opens the door to a new class of potential treatments.

Scene from This Is Their Land

Tribal language in film speaks history out loud

April 14, 2023

Joseph Dupris, a visiting assistant professor at CU Boulder, is a linguist and “maqlaqsyals” user who helped integrate the Modoc language into the short film This Is Their Land. It was recently screened on campus, and a 150th anniversary remembrance is set to be held in Tulelake, California.

A volunteer blowing into a breathalyzer

New laser-based breathalyzer sniffs out COVID, other diseases in real-time

April 10, 2023

A new “digital nose” created with Nobel Prize-winning CU technology can provide COVID-19 test results in less than one hour with excellent accuracy. It could ultimately be used for on-the-go virus testing, diagnosis of cancer and lung diseases and more.

An astronaut working with one of the experiments aboard the International Space Station.

Heart experiments to help astronauts live better in space

April 7, 2023

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are hard at work on research guided by students and researchers from CU Boulder.

the Center for Resilience and Well-Being team members posing for a photo

Amid youth mental health crisis, CU Boulder center teaches grown-ups how to help

March 27, 2023

About two-thirds of Colorado educators say they have considered leaving the field in the past year, due in part to increased challenges stemming from the ongoing youth mental health crisis. Enter the Center for Resilience and Well-Being, CU Boulder's new center focused on educating teachers, therapists and parents to support young people while first tending to their own wellbeing.

Bathroom scale and tape measurer

Excess weight, obesity more deadly than previously believed

Feb. 23, 2023

New CU Boulder research finds that overweight populations have a 22% higher mortality risk than those of healthy weight, while obese populations have as much as double the risk. The study found that about 1 in 6 adult deaths in the U.S. are related to excess weight or obesity.

Artist's depiction of James Webb Space Telescope

Webb telescope spots super old, massive galaxies that shouldn’t exist

Feb. 22, 2023

In a new study, CU Boulder astrophysicist Erica Nelson and her colleagues spotted six "fuzzy dots" of light in images from the James Webb Space Telescope. The candidate galaxies may have existed just 500 to 700 million years after the Big Bang and contain almost as many stars as the Milky Way.

Robot with the letters "CUU" on its chest on the CU Boulder campus

5 burning questions about ChatGPT, answered by humans

Feb. 20, 2023

Artificial intelligence has reached an "inflection point," according to technology experts from CU Boulder. New tools like ChatGPT, which rolled out late last year, are poised to transform offices, high school classrooms and more—in potentially good and bad ways.

The wreckage of a collapsed building in Turkey

What caused the tragic earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and is California next?

Feb. 14, 2023

A geologist and an engineer discuss what made the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria so devastating, how the region shares similar geology with California and how lessons learned can help the world prepare for the next big one.