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CU a leader in MOOC education

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Since introducing massive open online courses (MOOCs) through a partnership with Coursera in 2013, the University of Colorado has received national recognition as a leader in MOOC education and kudos from learners across the globe. This fall, CU offered eight courses; courses overall have reached more than 407,000 participants.

CU-Boulder’s Rankin receives Excellence in Leadership Award

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Patricia Rankin, associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado Boulder, on Friday received the annual Excellence in Leadership Award, given by the systemwide Excellence in Leadership Program.

Staff Council to study professional development at CU and beyond

Staff Council to study professional development at CU and beyond

University of Colorado Staff Council members will begin to research professional development options provided by the university while also looking at what other institutions around the nation offer as a comparison.

Report: CU-Boulder ranks No. 1 in state for sending, receiving students internationally

The University of Colorado Boulder enrolled more international students during the 2013-14 academic year and sent more students abroad during the 2012-13 academic year than any other higher education institution in Colorado. The data, released today by the Institute of International Education in its annual Open Doors Report, show that CU-Boulder was home to 2,163 [...]

McDevitt lead author on study about political influence within families

Michael McDevitt, CU-Boulder professor of media, communication and information, is lead author of a study that found parents are more reactive than proactive when providing political influence and opportunities for their children. The study, published in the journal “Social Science Quarterly,” found that political engagement independently pursued by youth spurs parents to realize that childrearing [...]

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Mansour, McKinnish publish on economics of age gaps and marriage

Men and women who are married to spouses of similar ages are smarter, more successful and more attractive compared to couples with larger age gaps, according to a paper from CU Denver Economics Assistant Professor Hani Mansour and co-author Terra McKinnish, associate professor of Economics at CU-Boulder. “Who Marries Differently Aged Spouses? Ability, Education, Occupation, [...]

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Obituary: Myra Jackson

Myra Lee (Barnes) Jackson, known to every student and faculty member who scheduled a recital or concert at the College of Music and widely known to the Boulder community for her work with CU Presents, died at her home Oct. 29, 2014. She was 73. “In the 21 years it was my privilege to work [...]

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In memoriam

Names of current and former University of Colorado faculty and staff who have died in recent weeks. List compiled by Employee Services. CU-Boulder Mark Daniel Teeter, 20, student assistant. Oct. 26, 2014. CU Anschutz Medical Campus David Everett Bristol, 59, classified staff. Oct. 26, 2014.  

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Dodge a taxing 2015 by heeding year-end reminders

Avoid the stress of searching for missing tax documents this April; verify your personal information within the employee portal today. Starting this month, when you log in to the portal at my.cu.edu, a pop-up message will urge you to verify the mailing address CU has on file for you. By confirming your address (within the [...]

Publication note: No Connections on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s

CU Connections will not publish new issues on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Today’s issue is the last to appear before the Thanksgiving break. Deadline for submissions for the Thursday, Dec. 4, issue is noon Wednesday, Nov. 26. The final new issue before the winter holiday break will appear Thursday, [...]

Five questions for Valerio Ferme

Five questions for Valerio Ferme

Growing up in Milan, Italy, he was no stranger to great literature. Dante was required reading and his parents encouraged him to read and think about literature as a way to look at the world.

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Global picture, personal stories in focus at GLBTI Symposium

Global picture, personal stories in focus at GLBTI Symposium

The Faculty Council GLBTI (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) Committee’s third annual symposium brought together about 100 faculty, staff and students from across the system to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for a half-day discussion focused on health equity at CU.

U.S. News & World Report ranks CU-Boulder second in world in geosciences

U.S. News & World Report ranks CU-Boulder second in world in geosciences

The publication rated the top 100 universities in geosciences in 2014 based primarily on their research and reputation.

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Facial structure predicts goals, fouls among World Cup soccer players

Facial structure predicts goals, fouls among World Cup soccer players

The structure of a soccer player’s face can predict his performance on the field — including his likelihood of scoring goals, making assists and committing fouls — according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. The scientists studied the facial-width-to-height ratio (FHWR) of about 1,000 players from 32 countries [...]

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In memoriam: Charles A. Barth

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Professor Charles A. Barth passed away at his home in Boulder on Oct. 14, 2014. He was 84. He was director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1965 to 1992 and professor until 2002 in CU-Boulder’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. He remained involved [...]

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Schoennagel studies wildfire response

Research Scientist Tania Schoennagel of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research is co-author of a study that indicates the current response to wildfires around the world—aggressively fighting them—is not making society less vulnerable to such events. The study, led by Max Moritz of the University of California Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, suggests the [...]

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Flu shots still available to CU Health Plan participants

Flu season has begun, and while the event period for workplace flu shot clinics provided by Be Colorado has ended, CU Health Plan participants still have many options. The primary member and their enrolled spouse and/or dependents still have opportunities to receive flu shots through their medical health plan benefit. Learn more now to determine specific flu shot benefits [...]

Griego re-elected; Carson, Shoemaker set to join Board of Regents

Griego re-elected; Carson, Shoemaker set to join Board of Regents

Voters in three of Colorado’s congressional districts on Tuesday chose their representatives to the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

Five questions for Lon Abbott

Five questions for Lon Abbott

The mountains have always held special meaning for Lon Abbott. Growing up in Boulder, he took advantage of the rock climbing, kayaking and backpacking that was so accessible, and like many, fell in love with the landscape.

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CU South Denver aims for collaboration among four campuses

Record property donation boosts mission at CU South Denver

Leadership at the new CU South Denver is working with faculty at the four CU campuses to determine academic programming that best serves the surrounding community.

Top teens to track potential ‘killer asteroids’ during Summer Science Program

Top teens to track potential ‘killer asteroids’ during Summer Science Program

University of Colorado Boulder administrators have signed a memorandum of agreement to host 36 of the nation’s top high school students beginning next summer to image, measure and track near-Earth asteroids. The asteroid research is the keystone project for students participating in the international Summer Science Program (SSP), established in 1959 to allow some of [...]

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Naturalist Weber to be honored for lifetime achievements

William A. Weber, who began his work as a biologist and naturalist 68 years ago and published authoritative works on Colorado flora, will be honored in a special event and exhibition at Norlin Library at the University of Colorado Boulder. The event honoring Weber’s life and work is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, [...]

Inclusiveness stressed at ‘homegrown’ Diversity Summit

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Touted as a “homemade, homegrown event” by CU Denver Associate Vice Chancellor Brenda J. Allen, the University of Colorado Diversity Summit drew more than 500 faculty and staff for a daylong program of workshops and presentations.

When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more, says CU-Boulder study

When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more, says CU-Boulder study

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, suggest that less sophisticated hearing aids might actually be more compatible [...]

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Larson, Small receive International Creativity Prize for Water

CU-Boulder professors Kristine Larson (aerospace engineering sciences) and Eric Small (geological sciences) have been awarded the prestigious Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Creativity Prize for Water. The prize is awarded biannually to acknowledge innovative work that contributes to the sustainable availability of water and the alleviation of the global problem of water scarcity. Larson and [...]

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Warneke study pinpoints sources of air pollutants

A new study from Carsten Warneke, an atmospheric chemist with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has pinpointed sources of airborne pollutants in oil and natural gas production fields, something that previously has been difficult to show. The results have important implications for mitigation strategies in [...]

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In memoriam

Names of current and former University of Colorado faculty and staff who have died in recent weeks. List compiled by Employee Services. CU-Boulder Linda P. Goudelock, 90, classified staff retiree. Oct. 6, 2014. John P. Holloway, 87, faculty retiree. Oct. 4, 2014. CU Anschutz Medical Campus Shirley M. Morgan, 83, classified staff retiree. Oct. 5, 2014.

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Reminder: Proposals for CU Women Succeeding due Friday

The 13th Annual CU Women Succeeding Professional Development Symposium will be Feb. 26-27 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The Faculty Council Women’s Committee welcomes proposals from the CU community centered on this year’s theme, “Pioneering Women.” The committee is seeking knowledgeable and dynamic proposals that address the interests and concerns of CU women faculty [...]

TV journalist O’Brien to speak at CU-Boulder

Soledad O’Brien – an American broadcast journalist, executive producer and philanthropist – will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at CU-Boulder in Macky Auditorium. Her speech topic will be “Creating Trust: The Media and its Viewers.” The Distinguished Speakers Board is bringing her to campus. Tickets for the event are free for CU Students [...]

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Boulder businessman’s gift sparks $2 million CU Opera endowment

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Longtime Boulder resident Paul N. Eklund has made a transformative gift to the opera program at the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder that, combined with additional university commitments, establishes a $2 million endowment for the program, to be renamed the Eklund Family Opera Program in honor of the gift.

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