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Nurse helps homeless adolescents, prepares future public health leaders

Nurse helps homeless adolescents, prepares future public health leaders

Scott Harpin, Ph.D., rarely hears back from the young people he works with at the Urban Peak shelter. And maybe that is a good thing. “If they’re not going back to the shelter, we hope that their situation has improved, and maybe that means success,” said Harpin, assistant professor, College of Nursing at the University of [...]

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50th Anniversary update: ‘Discovering Place – A UCCS Field Guide’ now available

Discovering Place – A UCCS Field Guide

Tom and Carole Huber did not set out to create a publication to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of UCCS. Instead, a project intended to celebrate and help preserve the treasures of campus and serve as the core of a course team-taught by the couple, grew into one of the cornerstones of the celebration [...]

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CU Denver study exposes bias in transportation system design

America’s streets are designed and evaluated with a an inherent bias toward the needs of motor vehicles, ignoring those of bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users, according to a new study co-authored by Wesley Marshall of the University of Colorado Denver. “The most common way to measure transportation performance is with the level-of-service standard,” said [...]

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NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft watches passing comet and its effects at Mars

MAVEN

NASA’s newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars on Sunday and is studying the flyby’s effects on the Red Planet’s atmosphere, according to University of Colorado Boulder professor Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator on the mission. The MAVEN, or Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft, [...]

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Higher education funding discussion draws crowd in Colorado Springs

A standing-room-only crowd of community supporters shared views about a new formula for funding higher education during a Colorado Department of Higher Education-sponsored meeting Oct. 9 at the Penrose Conference Center. Brenda Morrison, partner, Engaged Public, a firm hired by CDHE to gather public input, led the crowd of 100 in a discussion about HB-1319, a [...]

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State leaders discuss prescription drug abuse epidemic

The growing threat of prescription drug addiction and the best ways to confront the epidemic was the focus of a daylong meeting Oct. 3 of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. “We consider prescription drug abuse a major public health threat,” said Larry Wolk, M.D., the executive director and chief medical officer at [...]

Gala raises over $170,000 for combat veterans at CU Denver, CU Anschutz

Army veterans who are now students at CU Denver and CU Anschutz

Gregory Stube, a retired Green Beret and featured speaker at Combat to Classroom: A Salute to Service, politely encouraged attendees to “throw your wallets at this auction” with the goal of transforming today’s soldiers into tomorrow’s leaders. They did just that, raising over $170,000 to fund scholarships for combat veterans at CU Denver and CU [...]

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MAVEN spacecraft’s first look at Mars holds surprises, says CU-Boulder mission leader

MAVEN

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars and produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, said University of Colorado Boulder Professor Bruce Jakosky, the mission’s principal investigator. In addition, the new observations allowed scientists to [...]

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Time for action: Faculty, staff, students plan for student success

Time for action: Faculty, staff, students plan for student success

​It’s time for action. That was the message at this year’s 10th annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium. Since 2005, staff, faculty and students have attended this annual gathering to discuss opportunities for growth of undergraduate education at CU Denver, but this year was all about moving from discussion to implementation. “We’re here to think big, to [...]

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One family, two hearts: Medical odyssey provides hope, health

One family, two hearts: Medical odyssey provides hope, health

On Dec. 17, 2011, 48-year-old Brian Sherry was folding laundry when he first experienced an unusual electric sensation on the left side of his chest. A veteran elementary school teacher, Brian is an easygoing guy with a wry sense of humor and a passion for producing homemade wine. He walked upstairs, took a shower, sat [...]

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UCCS forum to focus on entrepreneurship and regional economic forecast

UCCS forum to focus on entrepreneurship and regional economic forecast

The relatively robust Colorado economy is attributed to innovation and entrepreneurship, activities that both create jobs and lessen dependence on a few large employers. But what must southern Colorado do to be part of this statewide trend? National and local experts from UCCS, Wells Fargo and Company, and local business leaders will discuss entrepreneurship and [...]

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Acknowledging appearance reduces bias when beauties apply for masculine jobs, says CU-Boulder-led study

Past research shows physical beauty can be detrimental to women applying for masculine jobs. But belles can put the brakes on discrimination by acknowledging their looks during an interview, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The paper, published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, is the first to [...]

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Research into sports safety for kids catches attention of White House

Research into sports safety for kids catches attention of White House

When Dawn Comstock, Ph.D., met President Barack Obama in May, the White House gave her three rules: no selfies, no hands in pants pockets, and absolutely no touching the president except to shake his hand. Then the president came in, thanked Comstock for the work she’s doing to keep high school athletes safe and put his [...]

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CU Denver hosts forum on the future of elections and democracy

CU Denver hosts forum on the future of elections and democracy

The University of Colorado Denver will host a public forum Oct. 9 with Federal Election Commission (FEC) Vice Chair Ann Ravel (event details below). The forum will give the public an opportunity to comment directly on the current state of U.S. elections and campaign finance and what they would like American democracy to look like [...]

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CU-Boulder again ranks ‘gold’ in national assessment of environmental leadership

CU-Boulder again ranks ‘gold’ in national assessment of environmental leadership

CU-Boulder again has received a gold rating for green practices from the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) – a self-reporting method to provide colleges and universities a common set of measurements and overall ratings to gauge sustainability achievements. CU-Boulder was the first in the nation to rate gold in 2010, the inaugural year of STARS, which [...]

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Pedal Perks encourages campus members to bike to work

Pedal Perks encourages campus members to bike to work

A new UCCS program is aiming to get faculty, staff and students to commute to and from campus using only their bikes. Pedal Perks is a yearlong bicycle commuter incentive program launched Sept. 5 at Bike Jam. The program promotes active transportation in an effort to integrate individual wellness and campus sustainability. Evolving out of the [...]

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CU-Boulder freshman class sets record for academic qualifications and diversity

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomed a freshman class of 5,869 students, a slight increase by 0.4 percent over last year, and in the process achieved the most academically qualified and diverse incoming class in the campus’s history. Fall 2014 census figures show a total enrollment of 29,772 degree- and licensure-seeking students, 447 students more [...]

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UCCS ready to move forward on sports and performance center following state approval

UCCS ready to move forward on sports and performance center following state approval

UCCS will move forward with planning for a new sports and wellness center on North Nevada Avenue following a Sept. 11 vote of the Colorado Economic Development Commission. The unanimous vote approved final details of an agreement for $120.5 million in state tax incentives for the Colorado Springs City for Champions project. “We are thrilled [...]

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A physician’s trip through the disease looking glass

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a 1936 short story. Likewise, very ill patients facing the uncertainty of disease may feel isolated from their healthy, knowledgeable physicians. But as Jack McKee, the aloof surgeon turned gravely ill patient of the 1991 [...]

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Solomon delivers engaging talk about solving ozone depletion in inaugural Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Back in the 1970s, grassroots environmentalism in the United States kick-started the movement against chlorofluorocarbons, leading to “an amazing story of science, people and society” and their capacity to solve a major global problem. That was a message delivered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Susan Solomon, Ph.D., the inaugural speaker in the Chancellor’s Distinguished [...]

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CU Denver sees largest, most diverse undergraduate enrollment ever

The University of Colorado Denver is seeing the largest, most diverse undergraduate enrollment in its history, including the biggest freshman class. This year’s incoming freshmen number 1,354, a 17 percent increase from last year and a 25 percent jump from 2010. The undergraduate class is 9,987, up 3 percent from 2013. At the same time, [...]

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UCCS basketball signs middle school prospect

UCCS Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Culver on Sept. 8 signed an 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy to a national letter of intent. Culver signed Kavan Brown, a student at Sproul Junior High School, as a member of the team, making him immediately eligible to participate in team activities. Brown will wear number 50, noting the university’s golden [...]

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Axel to receive 2014 Charlie Butcher Award; free lecture open to public

Axel to receive 2014 Charlie Butcher Award; free lecture open to public

On Oct. 7, the BioFrontiers Institute will honor a professor dedicated to the science of smell. Richard Axel, M.D., a professor at Columbia University, has studied the olfactory processes in mammals for more than two decades. In 2004, he and postdoctoral researcher, Linda Buck, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their [...]

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Anschutz Block Party a success despite brisk weather

Anschutz Block Party a success despite brisk weather

An occasional “brrrr” rose up between golf swings, volleyball bumps and bites of burrito, but the hearty souls at the Anschutz Medical Campus and surrounding community still turned out in large numbers for the festive Anschutz Block Party on Friday. Stacey Bagby, a professional research assistant in veterinary technology, wore a warm jacket, hat and [...]

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Panel: Time is now for U.S. to lead in biomedical research

The United States is in danger of losing its biomedical edge to countries that are aggressively funding research into personalized medicine. That was a key message from the 21st Century Cures Roundtable at National Jewish Health on Wednesday. The discussion, hosted by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, featured a panel of experts from academia, government [...]

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Raves for new Student Commons Building: ‘Cool, modern, super-interactive’

Raves for new Student Commons Building: ‘Cool, modern, super-interactive’

As they cut the ribbon that stretched 1,800 feet around this new campus jewel, University of Colorado Denver students Mitchell Devito and Stephanie Adams extolled the amenities that they’ve already come to love in CU Denver‘s signature building. “It’s cool. It’s very modern, and the classrooms are super-interactive,” said Devito, a junior majoring in international [...]

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Boulder Campus Staff Council Spotlight: Vince Aquino

Boulder Campus Staff Council Spotlight: Vince Aquino

Staff Council Spotlight is an initiative of the BCSC Awards and Staff Recognition Committee (BCSC/ASR). Contact Serena Leland, Boulder Campus Staff Council (BCSC) Representative, at serena.leland@colorado.edu with comments or if you have a person you would like to recommend for the Spotlight series. What is your official title at CU-Boulder? How long have you been [...]

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Ground broken for Recreation and Wellness Center

Ground broken for Recreation and Wellness Center

University and campus leaders began a $16.3 million, 47,000-square-foot project to create the UCCS Recreation and Wellness Center on Sept. 5. Led by Tamara Moore, executive director, Auxiliary Services, campus and CU leaders praised the expansion that will bring recreation, student health, counseling and nutrition counseling under one roof. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak called the [...]

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UCCS enrollment surpasses 11,000 students, a new record

UCCS enrollment surpasses 11,000 students, a new record

More than 11,100 students enrolled at UCCS for the fall 2014 semester, a new record, and more than 5 percent larger than last year’s record student enrollment. Classes officially began Aug. 25 and official, detailed enrollment reports are expected in mid-September. Preliminary reports prepared by the Office of Institutional Research show 11,199 students enrolled for [...]

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Study: For some African-American women, hair care a potential barrier to exercise

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately four out of five black women are overweight or obese and 36 percent meet physical activity objectives as determined by the CDC. That’s compared to 50 percent of white women meeting the same objectives. A study conducted by the Center for African American Health and the University [...]