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Shining light on sustainability at the holidays – and beyond

Students sort through compost materials at Buffaloes football games, part of the CU-Boulder Environmental Center’s zero-waste initiative.

“Doing what you can with what you have” may not be a common holiday theme, but it is something that staff and volunteers at the Environmental Center at CU-Boulder especially promote during this time of year when commercialism runs rampant.

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NASA’s MAVEN mission scientists identify links in chain leading to Mars atmospheric loss

MAVEN mission scientists identify links in chain leading to Mars atmospheric loss

The observations reveal a new process by which the solar wind – an intense stream of hot, high-energy particles blowing off the sun at more than 1 million mph – can penetrate deep into a planetary atmosphere.

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Search committee for CU Denver chancellor announced

The committee consists of CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano and 19 others chosen from several constituencies at CU Denver, elsewhere across CU and the business, nonprofit and education communities beyond the university.

CU-Boulder co-leading new severe weather research group

CU-Boulder co-leading new severe weather research group

Building on years of collaboration using unmanned aircraft to fly into the storms that create the massive tornadoes that rip across the Midwest, scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have formed a new research consortium. The Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group (USSRG) builds upon a partnership [...]

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Morris study shows benefits of prefab construction at St. Joe’s

A study by Matthew Morris, an instructor of construction engineering and management, and doctoral student Eric Antillon, both of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at CU-Boulder, found that using prefabricated elements in the construction of the new Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver cut 72 workdays off the construction schedule and resulted in [...]

Holiday party food gets a healthy recipe rehab from CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is home to the brand new Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp transformation weight loss program. The first sessions in October were a sell-out and 2015 boot camps will be held in March, June and July. Bistro Elaia provides [...]

Norlin Library Facility closed Dec. 20-Jan. 4 for electrical work

The University of Colorado Boulder Norlin Library building will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 4 for critical electrical repairs. Because safety measures require that no one occupy the building, there will be no access to the Norlin Library facility and limited access to collections during this period. Although online information resources will be available as usual, [...]

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Dropping names …

A team led by Jeffrey Stansbury, senior associate dean for research, vice chair of craniofacial biology at the School of Dental Medicine professor of chemical and biological engineering at CU-Boulder, has received a patent for a photopolymerization process that extends polymer formation beyond the temporal and spatial reach of the curing light. Stansbury said this technique [...]

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

CU Connections will not publish new issues on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Today’s issue is the last to appear before the holidays. Connections returns after the winter break on Thursday, Jan. 8; deadline for submissions is noon Monday, Jan. 5. During the holiday break, the website will be updated with news should events [...]

Principles of ethical conduct spotlighted on new CU Web page

Principles of ethical conduct

A new Web page on the CU Board of Regents’ website provides easy access to the university’s Principles of Ethical Behavior, a regent law that makes members of the university community responsible for understanding and upholding the highest standards of legal and ethical conduct.

Faculty Council hears update on review of retirement plans

CU’s first review of retirement offerings in 20 years is nearing a conclusion.

CU campuses to benefit from Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s $11.25 million

Three schools across the University of Colorado system are among the 11 institutions in the Rocky Mountain West chosen to benefit from funding of $11.25 million over five years (2015-2019) to continue the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.

Colorado’s broad economic expansion to continue in 2015, says CU-Boulder’s Leeds School

With 2014 marking Colorado’s highest employment growth since the start of the 21st century, the state will continue to expand in 2015, adding a variety of jobs in almost every business sector, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Wobbekind’s announcement was part of the 50th annual [...]

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Finkelstein named first Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador

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Noah Finkelstein, President’s Teaching Scholar and professor of physics at CU-Boulder, recently was chosen as the inaugural Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador. The Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador award honors the memory of professor Klaus Timmerhaus, a member of the faculty of chemical and biological engineering at CU-Boulder from 1953 until his retirement in 1995. Timmerhaus received many honors, [...]

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Four CU-Boulder faculty named prestigious AAAS fellows

Four CU-Boulder faculty members – David Jonas, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Lise Menn, professor emerita of linguistics; Jim White, professor of geological sciences and director of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research; and Mark Winey, professor and chair of molecular, cellular and developmental biology – have been named fellows of the American Association [...]

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Remind student employees to verify mailing addresses before break

As student employees think less about hitting deadlines and more about finding cheap flights home for the holidays, Employee Services is challenging you to catch students’ attention and remind them to update their mailing addresses before taking off this month. The hook? If CU has an incorrect mailing address on file, it won’t be able [...]

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

CU Connections will not publish new issues on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Next Thursday’s issue is the last to appear before the holiday; deadline for submissions is noon Friday. Connections returns after the winter break on Thursday, Jan. 8; deadline for submissions is noon Monday, Jan. 5. During the holiday break, the website [...]

ELP Award winner Rankin uses data to drive leadership

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Patricia Rankin, the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be the first to tell you she’s data-driven. She’s a physicist, after all. While Rankin’s drive may be fueled by data, her leadership has yielded major transformations with a human impact.

CU honors six faculty as Distinguished Professors

Distinguished Professor

Each year, the recognition goes to faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, university and its affiliates.

Regents hear latest on program prioritization efforts

Leaders at the University of Colorado Denver last month were the latest to present findings of program prioritization to the CU Board of Regents, which also heard updates on the process from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

More financial aid, student accountability help contain student debt

Financial Aid

Board of Regents hears how, in the past decade, the state’s investment in financial aid has seen a slight gain, while institutional aid at CU has more than doubled. Plus: Roundup of other news from the recent regents meeting.

Tenure list: November 2014

At its meeting Nov. 20 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the CU Board of Regents approved two appointments with tenure.

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Alumnus gifts more than $6 million to CU-Boulder to bolster economics, Baroque music

An estate gift of just over $6 million from a music-loving economics alumnus will create three major new endowments benefiting the Department of Economics and the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. Funding from the gift will endow two faculty chairs—one in economics and one in Baroque music—and create a unique travel [...]

CU helps you ditch the paper for (at least part of the) tax season

Here’s the great thing about all the year-end, tax-related tasks CU requires you to complete: You can accomplish most (if not all) of them online without wasting a shred of paper. The university is asking employees to verify their mailing addresses and names so staff can quickly and easily mail W-2 tax forms. CU also [...]

Boettcher Investigator eligibility deadline is Dec. 15

The University of Colorado and the Boettcher Foundation have announced the 2015 Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program. The program supports early career investigators whose research has a direct impact on human health. The grants are intended to fund translational research that advances a discovery closer to clinical applications and which will improve the [...]

Free info session precedes next My New Weigh class

Have you tried everything to lose weight, only to regain? Are you ready for a new way? Discover My New Weigh, medically supervised weight management, available at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Specifically designed for those needing to lose at least 30 pounds or those with health issues related to their weight, this [...]

Archaeologist to share discoveries at CU-Boulder

Apachean languages, including Navajo, are today among the most widespread native languages in the United States, but the origin of Apachean-speaking communities has been shrouded in mystery — until now. Jack Ives, executive director of the Institute of Prairie Archaeology and Landrex Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, will give a public [...]

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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.