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CU health savings account to debut during Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment 2015

The new accounts offer three main benefits – tax-free health savings, the ability to grow those savings, and spending on qualified medical expenses anytime, from today throughout your retirement.

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 [...]

Boulder Faculty Assembly announces excellence awards

The Boulder Faculty Assembly recently announced the recipients of the 2015 BFA Excellence Awards. These awards recognize outstanding contributions by faculty in the areas of teaching, service and leadership, and research and creative work. The awards are peer-nominated; awardees will be formally recognized at a ceremony later this semester. This year’s awardees are as follows: [...]

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Cash in on financial wellness tools during Smart Money week

Money Smart Week, April 18-25, is an opportunity for faculty and staff to reflect on their personal finances following tax season. Started by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 and designed to raise financial awareness, the week is an opportunity to build financial literacy. Communities around Colorado offer events to increase knowledge of [...]

Get your genius on with CUSP

The April 30 deadline for the 2015 CUSP program is fast approaching. CUSP, which stands for CU Shared Practices, is the systemwide, best practices program that honors employee innovations and business process improvements. CUSP accepts submissions from all campuses, and awards cash prizes – four awards of $1,000 and one grand prize of $1,500 – [...]

Funding opportunity: Call for PTLC Faculty Researchers

Applications for the 2015-2016 cohort of President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC) Faculty Researchers are now being accepted. Central to the work of the PTLC is creating and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning that contributes both to theory and effective teaching practice in and across disciplines. To this end, each Faculty Researcher designs and [...]

President Benson’s town hall series continues Monday

CU President Bruce Benson has begun a spring slate of Town Hall meetings, where faculty and staff at all four campuses and system administration are invited to hear an update on the university. His next appearance will be Monday at UCCS. Benson plans to speak on state funding, the CU Foundation to Advancement transition, the [...]

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Mechanical Engineering Design Expo set for next week

The CU-Boulder Mechanical Engineering Design Expo will be April 24 in the Idea Forge in Fleming Law Building. Undergraduate and graduate ME students will be presenting their yearlong, industry-sponsored design projects. This year’s sponsors include Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace and Technology, Boeing Company, Oracle, Shell, Micro Motion and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Public viewing will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. See exciting [...]

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Fashion Swap part of Earth Day at CU-Boulder

As a part of Earth Day, the CU-Boulder Environmental Center is happy to host the Seventh Annual Fashion Swap, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22 at the University Memorial Center South Terrace (rain-out location: North UMC Breezeway) . Bring your unwanted fashion to the swap and refresh your wardrobe with some new threads: Donate, grab some [...]

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Off-cycle system policy changes in effect this month

The Office of Policy and Efficiency announced the changes to Administrative Policy Statements from the academic/research, administrative/general, facilities, information technology and student areas.

Staff members honored for service to campuses, greater communities

Staff members honored for service to campuses, greater communities

Four awardees received trophies and $1,000 prizes from UCSC at last week’s All Staff Council Conference at History Colorado in Denver.

Heritage Society donors celebrated for making a difference

Heritage Society donors celebrated for making a difference

From academic research to scholarship endowments to building construction, donor generosity is playing a vital role at CU more than ever.

Founding dean named at CU-Boulder’s newest college

Bergen

Lori Bergen — dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — will begin her new role July 20.

State wants improved medical response to campus sex assault victims

State wants improved medical response to campus sex assault victims

House Bill 1220 would require institutions of higher education to establish agreements with nearby medical facilities with specialists who may provide treatment to students in need of sexual assault exams.

Mapping guides show paths of retirement investments in July

Mapping guides show how your retirement investments will be treated

CU 401(a) and 403(b) plan participants can see the exact funds into which they’ll be reinvested by reviewing the Plans’ mapping guides, now available.

New program aims to help at-risk employees prevent diabetes

New program aims to help at-risk employees prevent diabetes

More than 140 CU Health Plan participants, including University of Colorado employees, are the first to participate in this free, innovative, lifestyle-change program led by trained lifestyle coaches.

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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Allen leads ‘Difference Matters’ workshop

Brenda J. Allen, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion for the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, recently conducted a three-hour, professional development workshop for the CU-Boulder Controller’s Office based on her book, “Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity.” During the interactive session, Allen engaged participants to explore insights and ideas on how they can [...]

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 Homer H. Clark, 96, faculty retiree emeritus. March 19, 2015. CU Denver Robert Wayne Heath, 61, faculty. March 10, 2015. CU Anschutz Medical Campus Denise K. McGuire, 50, university staff. March 15, [...]

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‘Spatial Narrative’ talk to address mapping challenges

The “Exploring Digital Humanities” lecture series tackles topics on research and pedagogy. Anne Knowles, professor of geography at Middlebury College, will give a talk titled “Spatial Narrative: The Challenge of Mapping Experience” on  Thurday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Norlin Library in the British Studies Room on the fifth floor at [...]

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Get Involved with the Center for STEM Learning

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in STEM Education were established in 2009 to support faculty and graduate student engagement in innovative research on student learning and implementation of research-based STEM education programs and initiatives. To see a list of past and current fellows and view their proposals, visit http://www.colorado.edu/csl/scholars.html. Up to $10,000 faculty/staff awards and [...]

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Catalyze CU-Boulder accepting applications for summer

Catalyze CU-Boulder, in cooperation with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business, sponsored the first University Accelerator Conference on March 5-6 at the ATLAS Institute. Catalyze U convened representatives of university accelerators from across the country, including MIT, the University of Washington, the University of Georgia, Florida State University [...]

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Ensure the security of your social media account

A compromise of your account can lead to malicious entities posting inappropriate or even illegal material on your behalf. This could lead to reputational risk to the university. If you post on behalf of the university to social media sites be sure to use a different password for each your official social media accounts, personal [...]

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Regents OK modest increases to tuition, compensation

Regents OK modest increases to tuition, compensation

The board on Monday voted to approve a slate of modest tuition increases, among the lowest rate increases proposed in nearly a decade, and well below the 6 percent maximum allowed by the Legislature.

Q&A: John D. Griffin, director, Conference on World Affairs

Griffin

The associate professor of political science at CU-Boulder is in his first year of fundraising, planning and leading outreach for the free, five-day event, which begins Monday.

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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 [...]

Limerick named Official CU Fool by President Benson

CU-Boulder professor Patty Limerick this week announced the launch of the Center of the American West’s Humor Initiative. The choice of date for the announcement wasn’t surprising: April Fools’ Day. What might have surprised some is this: a proclamation from President Bruce Benson naming Limerick the Official Fool of the University of Colorado. Read the [...]

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Baker awarded Sarabhai Professorship and Prize

University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor Daniel Baker was awarded the Vikram A. Sarabhai Professorship and Prize for 2015, which honors internationally distinguished scholars and is named for the founder of India’s space program. As part of the award, Baker, director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, traveled to the Physical Research Laboratory [...]

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Classified Staff reviews underway this month

Evaluations for all University of Colorado classified staff members must take place in April. This process is the same for each campus, and evaluations must be turned in to campus human resources offices by May 1. Any merit raises still will take effect July 1. Classified Staff review cycle deadlines: April 1, performance cycle begins. [...]

President Benson’s town hall series continues Wednesday

CU President Bruce Benson has begun a spring slate of Town Hall meetings, where faculty and staff at all four campuses and system administration are invited to hear an update on the university and responses to questions posed by employees. He began the series this week at CU Denver and will make his next appearance [...]

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