University of Colorado

While millions will watch the third Republican presidential debate on TV, just 1,000 people will get tickets to see the event in person in the massive Coors Events Center on the scenic University of Colorado campus in Boulder. CNBC, the cable network sponsoring the debate, didn't respond to questions about why the 11,000-seat arena would remain mostly empty. "The way it was explained to us by CNBC is the event is meant for a TV audience, not so much for a live audience," said Ryan Lynch, the...

Colorado will take center stage Wednesday when the Republican Party's presidential hopefuls hold their third debate at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Along with a recent visit from Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, CU students are saying all the activity is engaging younger voters ahead of 2016. The state is politically purple , but Boulder is famously liberal, making the GOP debate a rare encounter with the conservative movement. Yet, mobilizing younger voters will be key to any electoral win, and both parties will be spending a lot of time in swing states like Colorado.

Getting a high school diploma is as good for health as quitting smoking. That's the finding from a study released Wednesday by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They found that if every adult high school dropout in the 2010 population had a GED or a regular diploma, 145,243 deaths could be averted. Similarly, 110,068 deaths could be avoided for that year if every adult who already had some college finished their...

Keeping food out of sight could be a way to keep it out of your mouth. That's the hunch of Charles Emery , a psychologist at Ohio State University, anyway. His latest research suggests that how food is set up around the house could be influencing how much people eat and, ultimately, how heavy they might be. There are a lot of factors that scientists say explain obesity — defined as a body-mass index over 30 — from genetics to lifestyle changes to socio-economic status. But Emery says the home...

It's easy to get put on statins, and it can be surprisingly hard to get off them. That's true even for people who are terminally ill and might have bigger concerns than reducing their cardiovascular risk. People approaching the end of life who did stop statins were not more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who kept taking the drugs, according to researchers who tested the idea. Most of the researchers take care of people with serious illnesses and were struggling with the...

Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking , investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings. Now it appears that liberals and environmentalists may be using some of the same tactics against the handful of scientists who either deny climate change outright, or think the risks are not as great as stated. The goal, according to those...

Many people will see the snow that's currently blanketing much of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill. As for me, I like to think of snow as food. Growing up in Missouri, I consumed as much snow ice cream as possible from November to March. Each time the winter sky let loose, I caught a bowl of fresh flakes. My grandmother mixed raw eggs, cream and sugar and poured it over top...

Hickenlooper Announces Campaign To Reduce Rx Drug Abuse

Feb 27, 2015
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This week Governor John Hickenlooper announced a new campaign seeking to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse in Colorado. In partnership with the University of Colorado the state has launched its “Take Meds Seriously” campaign. Robert Valuck, a professor of pharmacy at CU, is part of a statewide consortium created by the governor to address prescription drug abuse in Colorado. "We say safe use, safe storage [and] safe disposal," Valuck says ."And that’s what our public awareness...

Humans have been growing hemp for centuries. Hemp-based foods have taken off recently. So have lotions and soaps that use hemp oil. Studies underway now are examining how different compounds in cannabis could be used as medicine . There’s hope its chemical compounds could hold keys to medical treatments for Parkinson’s disease and childhood epilepsy. Scientists studying industrial hemp say the plant holds a tremendous amount of promise. But to unlock its potential there’s very basic scientific research to be done.

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Nov 26, 2014

Politicians from Jeb Bush to President Obama like to hype the revolutionary power and cost-effectiveness of digital learning, but a new study suggests, in many cases, it is neither more powerful nor cheaper than old-fashioned teaching. Billions of public dollars have been directed toward digital learning initiatives in recent years, and the report from the National Education Policy Center , a research institute at the University of Colorado, found that they rarely improved outcomes. When they...

It's not everyday that a world famous climate scientist gets himself arrested in front of the White House. But that's exactly what happened to James Hansen in 2011 as part of a protest against the Keystone Pipeline. In the 1980s it was Hansen's highly respected work that helped people realize that the climate change we humans were driving was real — and really dangerous. For lots of folks, Hansen's movement from climate scientist to climate activist made him a hero. But to others,...

Hundreds of Colorado high school students have walked out of class in the past two weeks to protest proposed changes to the Advanced Placement history curriculum. The firestorm of protest was sparked by a resolution in August from Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams. When she heard that conservatives across the country were upset about the new AP history curriculum, she proposed a committee to review the district's courses. The resolution stated that AP history classes should...

Beyond Braille: 3-D Printed Books For The Blind

Aug 14, 2014

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series , in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form . Now here's something Helen Keller couldn't have dreamed up: the picture book Goodnight Moon , but with all the pictures — the mittens and the kittens, the socks and clock, the mouse and little house — come to life in sculptural 3-D. Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder already...

Tim West's grandfather invented Doritos chips and was an executive at the global snack food giant Frito-Lay. The younger West ate plenty of junk food growing up. But lately, he's been much more interested in kale, quinoa and tree-ripened fruit. And the 30-year-old Bay Area food entrepreneur now wants to completely reinvent what we eat and how it's produced. A chef who trained at the esteemed Culinary Institute of America and New York's St. Regis Hotel, West is ready to bring a dose of...

North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. The researchers behind the study say at the moment we simply don't have that information, so the data collected over the next...