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Five questions for Maria Caffrey

Maria Caffrey

The CU-Boulder research associate has studied climate change in places as far away as Guatemala and as close as Rocky Mountain National Park. Since 2013, her research has focused on climate change at 118 coastal National Parks, looking at impacts of seal level and storm surge.

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Enrollment gains pave way for growth in budget

2015 Budget

The CU Board of Regents on Tuesday passed an operating budget of $3.55 billion for 2015-16, reflecting expected gains in enrollment and increases in health services revenue and state funding.

Diversity numbers highlight successes, challenges


The University of Colorado’s Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver campuses have posted impressive gains the past few years in the number of ethnic minority students both enrolled and awarded degrees, the Board of Regents heard Tuesday.

Regents roundup

A CU-Boulder proposal to change Women and Gender Studies from a program to a department was approved Tuesday by the CU Board of Regents.

Tenure list: June 2015

The Board of Regents on Tuesday approved tenure for 105 faculty members across the system.

Staff Council announces leadership for coming year

New officers were introduced and other business was wrapped up during the University of Colorado Staff Council’s June 18 video conference.

Heath: Ballot initiative might ease strain on state funding of higher ed

Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder

Boulder Sen. Rollie Heath says a ballot initiative in the works for 2016 would take aim at loosening the grip of TABOR spending limitations, which leave higher education especially vulnerable to budget cuts.

New building blocks of human resources on display at July workshops

As the University of Colorado gets ready to roll out upgraded tools and programs that will change the way it pays, manages and hires employees, Employee Services has invited HCM Community members to sneak peeks of the software.

Infographic project seeks to spark STEM interest among Colorado students

Infographic project seeks to spark STEM interest among Colorado students

In a world seemingly deluged with data, learning how to make sense of all those numbers is an increasingly important life skill. Some students in Colorado will soon have the opportunity to take a crack at finding meaning in scientific data by creating infographics designed to help people visualize what the numbers are saying. This [...]

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Pollock steps down as chair of CU Health and Welfare Trust


It’s official E. Jill Pollock — 2015 Administrator of the Year Award winner, a champion for the advancement of women in the workplace and a driving force behind the University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust — has stepped down as chair of the Trust Committee. Pollock was instrumental in implementing CU’s Health and Welfare [...]

Fiez named vice chancellor for research at CU-Boulder

Terri Fiez, director of strategic initiatives and professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, has been named vice chancellor for research at CU-Boulder. Fiez (pronounced fees) will begin her duties on Sept 16. A former National Science Foundation Young Investigator awardee with more than 150 publications, Fiez’s scholarly [...]

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INVST Community Studies program celebrates 25th anniversary

For the past 25 years, CU-Boulder’s INVST Community Studies program has worked with CU students to help them learn to become engaged citizens and leaders. The program, which is housed within the newly formed Center for Community-Based Learning and Research in the School of Education, has more than 340 alumni who have fanned out all [...]

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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 Howard Snyder, 85, faculty retiree/emeritus professor. May 23, 2015. CU Anschutz Medical Campus Virginia E. Callaway, 76, classified staff retiree. June 7, 2015.  

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CUSP Challenge highlights best practices across university

CU Shared Practices (CUSP) closed out another successful program year June 12 with the annual CUSP Expo at system administration offices. The expo, which is open to attendees from all campuses, highlighted the top 10 finalists for the 2015 program year. Finalists were a diverse group, united in their dedication to improve business processes and [...]

Registration open for Coleman Conference

Registration is open for the 15th Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, set for Oct. 15 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield. This year’s theme is “Inequality and the Rights of People With Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access.” More than two dozen interdisciplinary speakers will present on public policy, [...]

Personalized bricks to line new Buff Walk at Folsom Field

Colorado Athletics is inviting Buffs fans to etch their names in CU-Boulder history by securing a personalized Legacy Brick on the new Buff Walk at Folsom Field. A featured landmark of the Sustainable Excellence Initiative, the new Buff Walk on Folsom Field’s east side will transform the game-day experience for fans. Connecting south to north [...]

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CSF’s ‘Othello’ opens Friday

Lisa Wolpe — a FIRST (Faculty-in-Residence) Scholar at CU-Boulder — brings a career of directing and acting in Shakespearean productions to her directorial debut with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. In her interpretation of “Othello,” audiences can expect “a show that is going to be heartbreaking and beautiful.” “Othello,” which opens Friday at the Mary Rippon [...]

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Five questions for John Carson


A decade ago, he won election to the Douglas County Board of Education. Last year, the Highlands Ranch Republican won a seat on the CU Board of Regents. It’s not a stretch to say his high-profile involvement in state public education took root at CU-Boulder.

With website, CU-Boulder opens up access to scholarly research

With website, CU-Boulder opens up access to scholarly research

Two of the most downloaded research papers from CU Scholar discuss promoting sustainability at music events and the long-run impact of immigrants on native workers. Those and hundreds of others are available for viewing since the campus adopted its open access policy.

Workshop to address common financial concerns for women

Workshop to address common financial concerns for women

Living longer. Caring for aging parents. Entering and exiting the workforce during the course of a career. For many women, life engenders a specific set of financial challenges. They’ll be addressed at a free workshop coming to CU-Boulder this summer.

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Stricter limits for ozone pollution would boost need for science, measurements

Stricter limits for ozone pollution

A tougher federal standard for ozone pollution, under consideration to improve public health, would ramp up the importance of scientific measurements and models, according to a new commentary published in the June 5 edition of Science by researchers at NOAA and its cooperative institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. The commentary, led by Owen [...]

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Shepard to retire next year


Lorrie Shepard, dean of the School of Education at CU-Boulder, will retire from that post effective May 31, 2016, but will remain at the university as a distinguished professor of research and evaluation methodology. Shepard has served CU for 41 years, first as a faculty member and then as chair of the Research and Evaluation [...]

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Thompson to join CU-Boulder

Sara Thompson has been named dean of the Division of Continuing Education and vice provost for Summer Session and Outreach and Engagement at CU-Boulder and will begin her duties Aug. 15. Thompson currently is associate provost of New Program Initiatives and dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America [...]

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Motte named Knight in Order of the Academic Palms

Warren F. Motte Jr., professor of French and comparative literature at CU-Boulder, has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) by the government of France. This honorific distinction was given to Motte for his extensive efforts to promote French language and culture in the United States. [...]

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Facilities Management staff celebrates mentoring

A group of staff from Facilities Management gathered June 2 for a celebratory luncheon to mark completion of the department’s Mentor Program. The FM Mentor Program is unusual as one of the few formal mentoring programs at CU-Boulder housed within an individual department. It was the third round of staff to complete the nine-month program, [...]

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Shakespeare Fest presents free lectures, ticket giveaways

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival continues its Classics 101 lecture series as part of its commitment to community and educational programming. In Classics 101, CSF dramaturgs present historical context, production history and behind-the-scenes aspects of the plays. Each free lecture concludes with a drawing for tickets to the opening night of the play. Upcoming event dates and [...]

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Davidson to discuss Everest adventure

“Climbing Everest: The Adventure and Scare of a Lifetime” is the topic of a special speaker event at 5 p.m. June 20 at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver. High-altitude climber and author Jim Davidson was intending to climb Mount Everest in April. While he was on the mountain, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Everest [...]

Social media tip: Come to terms

Whether posting personally or on behalf of the university, familiarize yourself with the terms of service of any social media platform employed. Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: YouTube:  

Scholarship of teaching, learning highlighted at meeting

President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative

The President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative – CU’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program – recently hosted a poster session at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, where researchers discussed projects and heard from CU-Boulder’s Steven Pollock.

Elevate: Gaining efficiencies for CU


The Elevate program is a collaboration between CU system administration and the campuses to enhance how the university does business. It’s all about increasing simplification, standardization and productivity for CU as it upgrades its HR and Finance systems.