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At lecture, actor Burton discusses love of reading

Former “Star Trek” actor and Emmy Award-winning “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton entertained and educated a crowded Gallogly Events Center during an April 27 lecture. “My life has been immeasurably changed by the books I’ve read,” Burton said. Chris Bell, assistant professor, Department of Communication, and director, Center for Excellence in Communication, introduced Burton after sharing his story [...]

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Student-staffed DAWN clinic serves population in need

Student-staffed DAWN clinic serves population in need

It was 9:30 p.m., an hour after the DAWN Clinic had already closed, when David Choi and his fellow volunteers saw her: an elderly woman in a nightgown and slippers making her way down Dayton Street. Her foot and knee were bleeding, she didn’t understand English, and she had no idea who she was or [...]

Business School celebrates Ambron’s transformational leadership

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“Excellence.” Ajeyo Banerjee, PhD, recalls this simple answer given by Sueann Ambron when asked: “If hired as dean, what would you bring to the Business School?” Her confident assertion, on top of stellar academic credentials and Silicon Valley pedigree, vaulted Ambron to the top of the candidate list. Fifteen years later, as Ambron’s retirement date [...]

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Shakespeare First Folio 2016 exhibition dates announced

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The University of Colorado Boulder, recently named Colorado’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, is pleased to announce the First Folio exhibition will be open to the public at the CU Art Museum Aug. 8-31 in 2016. First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will tour all [...]

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Cyber security conference comes to UCCS

The Army Reserve partnered with UCCS to host a Cyber Private Public Partnership (Cyber P3i) Design Workshop, which aimed to develop the framework required to create more cyber security experts. “The demand for these cyber security professionals and cyber experienced soldiers far outpaces the current inventory,” said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, Chief of United States Army [...]

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Researchers produce first atlas of airborne microbes across United States

Researchers produce first atlas of airborne microbes

A University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University-led team has produced the first atlas of airborne microbes across the continental U.S., a feat that has implications for better understanding health and disease in humans, animals and crops.

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JFK Partners: 50 Years of Service and Success

Renee Charlifue-Smith, JFK Partners speech therapist, works with Tatum while his mother, Janelle, watches.

By the time Tatum was 8 months old, his mother, Janelle, would watch him at playdates with other babies the same age, and know that all was not right with her son. His motor skills were not developing and, even more worrisome, he could not yet hold his head up without help. “It is agonizing [...]

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CU Denver to assist communities in large-scale sustainability efforts

CU Denver to assist communities in large-scale sustainability efforts

CU Denver, already a big player in community partnerships, will take it up a notch next academic year when it teams with the City of Lakewood to help the huge suburb reach ambitious sustainability goals. The new initiative, called Hometown Colorado, makes CU Denver the first university in Colorado to adopt the innovative Sustainable City [...]

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New technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics

New technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics

A new material developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof vests. Approximately 80 million metric tons of polyethylene is produced globally each year, making it the most common plastic in [...]

CU Anschutz researchers leading the way in telehealth

Researchers from the Barbara Davis Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have launched a major clinical study using telehealth to target youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) with the help of over $1 million in gifts, including $960,000 from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The focus is on [...]

Wartgow shares insights about workforce training, education with SPA graduate class

Wartgow shares insights about workforce training, education with SPA graduate class

University of Colorado Denver Chancellor Jerry Wartgow, a recent guest speaker in Randy Harrison’s graduate class on Economic Development, shared stories from his many years in Colorado’s education and job-training trenches. A wry observation about how public policy tends to get meted out was especially humorous. “It’s such that if a fly came in and [...]

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Offices find new homes across campus

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With spring-cleaning season just around the corner, a number of UCCS offices are preparing to move, while others settle into new spaces. The Accounting and Budget & Planning offices moved to 1873 University Office Park on March 25. According to Gayanne Scott, assistant vice chancellor, Finance and Human Resources, the move provides more space for [...]

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President’s town hall message: ‘We are a huge force’

President’s town hall message: ‘We are a huge force’

Whether it be in the area of collaboration, efficiency, reputation, online education, marketing, diversity, enrollment or fundraising, all facets of the University of Colorado system, as well as CU Denver, are moving forward and creating powerful momentum for the university, CU President Bruce Benson told a capacity crowd at Wednesday’s Town Hall. The Terrace Room [...]

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CU researchers: Brain activity boosts processes that promote neural connections

CU researchers: Brain activity boosts processes that promote neural connections

Brain activity affects the way the developing brain connects neurons and a study by researchers at the School of Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado suggests a new model for understanding that process. In a study of zebrafish, scientists tested how brain activity affected the development of insulating [...]

Issues facing higher education cross public, private boundaries

Gen. Michelle Johnson, left, responds to a question while Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak listens at an April 2 community event.

The leaders of El Paso County’s four higher education institutions face similar issues and work cooperatively to solve them. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, USAFA Superintendent Gen. Michelle Johnson, Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler and Pikes Pike Community College President Lance Bolton shared issues and strategies with campus and community leaders April 2 as part of [...]

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Faculty, students revved up about Large Hadron Collider restart

Faculty, students revved up about Large Hadron Collider restart

University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students are primed to get back in action following the Easter restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful atom smasher located near Geneva, Switzerland, after a two-year hiatus. Following intensive upgrades and repairs, proton beams from the LHC once again began flying around a 17-mile [...]

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Instructor works nights for Secret Service

Instructor works nights for Secret Service

During his days as a police officer, Jason Lewis had to explain to people that no, there is no magical satellite capturing videos of every crime; sorry, he can’t just “clean up” video surveillance from a gas station; and, ultimately, anything isn’t possible. Lewis says TV shows like CSI have convinced people that solving crimes, [...]

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Facebook app encourages people to get in touch with their DNA

Facebook app encourages people to get in touch with their DNA

Have you ever wondered if your dad’s fight with prostate cancer means you could face the same reality? Or perhaps your family has several members who have struggled with obesity and you wonder if it’s something you inherited or if it’s caused by the environment. Good news: researchers at the University of Michigan School of [...]

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UCCS, Ent Federal Credit Union extend agreement; new arts venue named

UCCS, Ent Federal Credit Union extend agreement; new arts venue named

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Ent Federal Credit Union will sign a 15-year marketing and operating agreement during a 3 p.m. March 31 ceremony at the University Center, room 116. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Ent CEO Randy Bernstein will officially sign documents that name the soon to be constructed UCCS visual and [...]

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Match Day 2015 inspires smiles, tears

Match Day 2015

In his 25th and final Match Day address, Dean Richard Krugman, MD, advised a room full of nervous medical students that their future held more than what was contained in the sealed black envelope they were about to open. “Many of you will open these envelopes and be incredibly excited because you will have gotten [...]

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Study: Ending statin use might improve quality of life for some patients

Study: Ending statin use might improve quality of life for some patients

Discontinuing statin use in patients with late-stage cancer and other terminal illnesses may help improve patients’ quality of life without causing other adverse health effects, according to a new study by led by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Duke University and funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). [...]

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Campus leaders unveil University Studies program

About one-third of next fall’s UCCS freshman class will have a different first-semester experience from their predecessors. During a March 18 campus forum, UCCS leaders unveiled a new program for students who have not decided on a major, have low academic index scores or are pre-business, pre-nursing, pre-business majors. Called University Studies, the program delivers [...]

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Study: Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn

Study: Western forests decimated by pine beetles not more likely to burn

Western U.S. forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings by the University of Colorado Boulder that fly in the face of public perception and policy. The CU-Boulder study authors looked at the three peak years of Western wildfires since [...]

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Iron Art Festival: Creativity at 3,000 degrees

Iron Art Festival

Before fields turn ablaze with poppies and daffodils, a somewhat different rite of spring fills the air outside the Arts Building. This one is all about heat: flying sparks, glowing embers and flowing iron. A warm early spring evening greeted this year’s live iron pour, which was part of the fifth annual Iron Art Festival [...]

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Donors in spotlight for helping ‘faculty, staff and students push the boundaries of the possible’

The annual Donor Recognition Dinner highlighted stories of risk-taking entrepreneurs, benefactors who have touched the learning pursuits of CU Denver and the clinical activities of CU Anschutz, and a physician who served the university for over 50 years. About 500 people attended the eighth annual event in the Seawall Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts [...]

Study: ‘Advertainment’ on the rise in pop music

Study: ‘Advertainment’ on the rise in pop music

As branding and advertising creep into almost every facet of life, a new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows it’s now making substantial inroads into popular music. The study examined in detail the yearly top 30 Billboard songs from 1960 to 2013 – a total of 1,583 – and found a steep increase [...]

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Student Success Center renamed, reorganization finalized

The Student Success Center recently changed its name as part of a new focus. Now Academic Advising, the new name more accurately reflects the office’s duties, according to Barbara Gaddis, executive director, Office of First Year Experience and Student Retention. Along with the name change, three staff members recently had interim removed from their titles. [...]

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Limerick to review nearly 40 years as University Fool on April 1

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CU-Boulder professor Patty Limerick will review nearly four decades of service as University Fool and reflect on the value of humor on April Fools’ Day. At 6:30 p.m. April 1  in the Wittemyer Courtroom of the Wolf Law Building, the history professor and Official University of Colorado Fool, and also Official Fool Emerita of Yale [...]

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Postdoc Research Day is about meeting people, starting collaborations and getting feedback

Postdoc Research Day

Postdoctoral fellows are investigators who perform basic science research that finds its way into applications that help humankind in myriad ways — from civil engineering to environmental science to disease therapies. There are almost 300 postdocs at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, and much of their research focuses on the intricacies [...]

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Study: Pediatricians pressured to delay vaccinations

Study: Pediatricians pressured to delay vaccinations

Pediatricians are facing increasing pressure from some parents who want to spread out the recommended vaccine schedule for their children by postponing vaccines, pointing to a need for improved programs that support timely vaccinations, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The [...]

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