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Summer enrollment up 6 percent

UCCS summer enrollment increased by 211 students, an almost 6 percent increase from a year ago, according to a June 16 report. The Office of Institutional Research provided enrollment data following the official census date for summer enrollment. There were 3,793 students enrolled for the summer 2014 semester compared to 3,582 students last summer, a [...]

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Drones 101: Course in Unmanned Aerial Systems looks to the future

Take a look at the current CU Denver catalog and you will see a course titled Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Housed in the Geomatics Engineering and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, this course might, at first glance, look like Drones 101—the study of the unmanned aircraft often [...]

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CU-Boulder-led team identifies fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog

CU-Boulder-led team identifies fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog

Meet perhaps the tiniest hedgehog species ever: Silvacola acares. Its roughly 52-million-year-old fossil remains were recently identified by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team working in British Columbia. The hedgehog’s scientific name means “tiny forest dweller,” said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Jaelyn Eberle of the geological sciences department, lead author on the study. The creature — [...]

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State leaders visit bioscience labs

On June 6, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan were joined by more than 45 state leaders getting a firsthand look at Colorado’s bioscience industry and the vital research being carried out at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Organized by Bennet and hosted by the university, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Terumo BCT [...]

English alumnus Dick Shahan donates funds to celebrate Boulder and support graduate students

English alumnus Dick Shahan

English alumnus Dick Shahan recently made a $75,000 gift commitment to CU-Boulder — $50,000 of which has established an endowment to create the Dick Shahan CU-Boulder Undergraduate Writing Competition, expected to generate an annual prize of $2,000 for a prose piece that features Boulder. The additional $25,000 will fund the Shahan Graduate Fellowships in the CU-Boulder English Department, providing an annual $1,000 [...]

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Living with cancer: Survival rates at CU Cancer Center beat national rates

Survival rates at CU Cancer Center

In the five years since Ellen Smith was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, she has been busy. She traveled the world, indulging her love of art and art history. She celebrated the births of four more grandchildren, expanding her large family even more. She married Ben Smith, the man she calls her “best friend.” [...]

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Study: More cyclists on road can mean fewer collisions

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A University of Colorado Denver study examining collisions between bicycles and motorists, shows bicyclist safety significantly increases when there are more bikes on the road, a finding that could be attributed to a “safety in numbers” effect. The study focused on Boulder, which has one of the highest rates of bicycling in the country at [...]

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Vice Chancellor Burnett selected for Missouri position

Brian Burnett, senior executive vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, was named vice president for finance and chief financial officer for the University of Missouri System June 20. MU President Timothy M. Wolfe announced Burnett’s appointment following a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Burnett is expected to begin the Columbia, Mo.-based position [...]

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CU Cancer Center helps to speed drug approvals

Lung cancer patient Michael Moore got a dose of good news last month. He learned that a clinical trial drug, which has helped him and other patients, received “breakthrough therapy” designation from the Federal Drug Administration. “Life doesn’t end when you have cancer,” said Moore, who has been fighting the disease for two years and [...]

CU-Boulder moves forward on Title IX officer with appointment of Valerie Simons

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University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano on Tuesday announced that CU-Boulder has hired education and civil rights lawyer Valerie Simons to serve as the director of institutional equity and compliance, effective July 22. The newly created position, which includes the role of Title IX coordinator for the campus, reports directly to DiStefano and [...]

MOOCs and much more discussed at CU Online Symposium

While disruptive to traditional delivery models of education, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other outgrowths of the technology revolution have diminished the “You Can’t” argument in higher education. That was one of many thought-provoking messages delivered by Richard DeMillo, (photo at right) distinguished professor of computing and director for 21st Century Universities at the [...]

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Bonfils names campus its Outstanding Blood Drive Partner

Bonfils names campus its Outstanding Blood Drive Partner

UCCS on Monday was named the 2013 Outstanding Blood Drive Partner by Bonfils Blood Center during a Southern Colorado Community Partner Appreciation Dinner at the Sangre de Christo Arts Center, Pueblo. Mathew Roesemann, budget analyst, Division of Resource Management, accepted the award on behalf of the university from Bryan Krueger, Bonfils president and CEO. UCCS [...]

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CU announces Technology Transfer Awards for CU Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office (TTO) on June 2 presented awards to University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus researchers, companies and advisers who best represent both the spirit of innovation at CU and best practices in commercialization of university technologies. In the last two decades, inventions by researchers from CU’s four [...]

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New CU study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work

Scientists armed with a supercomputer and a vast trove of newly collected data on the body’s most potent “tumor suppressor” gene have created the best map yet of how the gene works, an accomplishment that could lead to new techniques for fighting cancers, which are adept at disabling the gene in order to thrive. Scientists [...]

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Engineering students rev up the innovation in capstone projects

Engineering students rev up the innovation in capstone projects

It’s no wonder that engineering students get pumped about their capstone projects. Not only do their creations tie together everything they’ve learned as undergraduates, but, in many cases, the students have a product that may bring them notoriety and revenue in the marketplace. The usual stunning array of innovation, which typifies the kind of hands-on [...]

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Galleries of Contemporary Art to dazzle creative scene with third annual Brilliant

Galleries of Contemporary Art to dazzle creative scene with third annual Brilliant

“BRILLIANT 2014,” the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art’s third annual art party fundraiser extravaganza, is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 14 on the Nosh Restaurant Patio and GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St. Free parking will be provided in the Plaza of the Rockies garage for this event. Advance tickets are now available at www.uccs.edu/goca. [...]

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Students start next chapter of lives at commencement ceremonies

The skies cleared Friday morning, bathing the Anschutz Medical Campus in bright sunshine after days of drenching rains and swirling winds. It couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for the commencement ceremonies that saw more than 865 students walk to the podium for their degrees. The School of Medicine ceremony brimmed with poignant moments [...]

Board of Regents committee to hear proposal for new parking garage near Folsom Field

Board of Regents committee to hear proposal for new parking garage near Folsom Field

CU-Boulder campus administration will soon propose the construction of a 570- to 600-space garage to be located under the new Athletics indoor practice facility near Folsom Field. Administrators will first present the proposal to the Board of Regents’ Capital Construction Subcommittee on June 5. If approved, it’s expected the full board will vote on the [...]

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Remembering Paul Sandoval and boosting pancreatic cancer research

Paul Sandoval brought politicians from both sides of the aisle together again — this time, to celebrate his life. Sandoval, known by many as the godfather of Colorado politics, died in 2012 after battling pancreatic cancer. The Paul Sandoval Pancreatic Cancer Research Scholarship Fund was established through University of Colorado Cancer Center to award a [...]

Professor combines two passions – baseball and math – with community outreach

Professor combines two passions – baseball and math – with community outreach

Calculating a baseball pitcher’s Earned Run Average is not college-level math. But that’s OK with Gene Abrams, professor, Department of Mathematics, UCCS, who uses all things baseball to teach students in grades four through eight that mathematics surrounds them and that the subject is both interesting and fun. Since 2002, Abrams has been part of [...]

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Rising Leaders in Education program focuses on nurturing future teachers

Rising Leaders in Education program focuses on nurturing future teachers

As part of nurturing students to become teachers, the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) offers programs to develop, train and prepare teachers for classrooms. Last week, SEHD honored leaders in the Denver Public Schools with strong academic promise, leadership skills and a passion for educational equity. The Rising Leaders in Education [...]

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CU researcher helps Type 1 diabetics sleep better

CU researcher helps Type 1 diabetics sleep better

New research could soon make it easier for people with type 1 diabetes to get a safe night’s sleep. Very low blood-sugar levels can cause seizures or even, in rare cases, death. People with type 1 diabetes often sense warning signs of low blood sugar when they are awake, but not during sleep, explaining why [...]

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Best NEW festival for 2014: CU Denver’s Global Glow

CU Denver's Global Glow

The coolest new addition to Colorado’s summer festival season takes place June 6-8 in Evergreen as the NeXt Music Festival presents its inaugural weekend event series, Global Glow. Global Glow Events and exhibits will take place in two venues, the Evergreen Center for the Arts, 32003B Ellingwood Trail; and the Wood Cellar Bar & Grill, [...]

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CU-Boulder, Mesa County team up to make snow-depth data free to water managers, farmers, public

snow-depth data

A University of Colorado Boulder professor who developed a clever method to measure snow depth using GPS signals is collaborating with Western Slope officials to make the data freely available to a variety of users on a daily basis. CU-Boulder aerospace engineering sciences professor Kristine Larson and her colleagues discovered in 2009 that GPS signals [...]

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UCCS leaders share good budget news

Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Brian Burnett, senior executive vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, shared what both called the “best UCCS budget news in a decade” at a May 7 all-campus forum. Before a crowd of 80 faculty and staff members, Burnett highlighted actions by the Colorado General Assembly and effects of increased enrollment tuition revenues. He [...]

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Popular ‘Learn With Purpose’ button wall invites downtown passers-by to catch campus spirit

Learn With Purpose’ button wall

They were destined to be together: The interactive CU Denver button wall and Denver’s vibrant 16th Street Mall. Judging by the reaction to the button wall—the buttons were nearly picked clean on the first day—the installation is a smashing success. Button wall a hit on 16th Street Mall: Mall passers-by got their first gander of the billboard-sized wall [...]

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International team maps nearly 200,000 glaciers in quest of sea-level rise estimates

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An international team led by glaciologists from the University of Colorado Boulder and Trent University in Ontario, Canada, has completed the first mapping of virtually all of the world’s glaciers — including their locations and sizes — allowing for calculations of their volumes and ongoing contributions to global sea rise as the world warms. The [...]

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A family’s loss turns into a message about drug interactions

A family’s loss turns into a message about drug interactions

A family that lost a loved one to a combination of prescription drugs is working with University of Colorado’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU SSPPS) to prevent similar deaths. James Patrick “JP” Carroll was 26 years-old when he passed away in his sleep because of a mixture of prescribed anti-anxiety medications and [...]

Regents receive Program Prioritization plans

The CU Board of Regents on April 29 reviewed UCCS Program Prioritization efforts, putting into motion a 15-point plan for future campus actions. UCCS and CU-Boulder leaders presented responses to the Board of Regents-directed Program Prioritization efforts during meetings at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. CU Denver and Anschutz will present at a later date. [...]

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Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health, according to new paper involving CU-Boulder

Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health, according to new paper involving CU-Boulder

The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper co-authored by a University of Colorado Boulder researcher. The article, published in the journal Clinical [...]

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