Man on a wire: Rep. Mike Coffman’s political balancing act

(Above image courtesy of Coffman.house.gov) There are two kinds of swimmers at the beach: those who can ride the waves to shore, and those who fight the tide and wind up with a mouth full of saltwater. Politically speaking, Mike Coffman is the first type.  As the Representative to Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, Coffman has faced tougher challenges than almost any politician in the state, … Continue reading Man on a wire: Rep. Mike Coffman’s political balancing act

A place where we belong: CU psychologists seek solutions to help women succeed in STEM

Above: President Obama at the 2012 White House Science Fair  Kristin Schwartz is exceptional. Yes, she is good at her job, but as a female engineer she is also literally an exception in her field: a woman succeeding in one of the workforce’s last male strongholds. “I’ve always worn it as a badge of honor,” said Schwartz, who graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder … Continue reading A place where we belong:
CU psychologists seek solutions to help women succeed in STEM

A little more adventurous: how a microbiologist is using science to make beer fun

Dan Driscoll is a science guy first and a beer guy second.  Sure, he’ll wax poetic about Belgian quadruples and bourbon stouts, but what Avery Brewing’s quality assurance manager really wants to talk about is microbiology and yeast.  “Some yeasts like fermenting warmer, some like colder, some produce higher ester compounds, some banana flavors, some clove flavors, some are really clean and don’t produce a … Continue reading A little more adventurous: how a microbiologist is using science to make beer fun

Mapping the Boulder Floods

In Sept. 2013, a 1,000-year rainfall and 100-year flood ravaged Colorado’s Front Range, killing ten people and creating hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. Three years later, workers and volunteers are still making repairs to homes, local infrastructure, and ecological areas like creek beds and open spaces. Boulder County is just past the half-way mark in their five-year plan to repair and improve … Continue reading Mapping the Boulder Floods

CU scientists travel the globe to explore life in Antarctica’s cryoconite “gunk”

Above: McMurdo Station courtesy of Gaelen Marsden for Wikimedia Commons Late last month a group of Colorado scientists embarked on a journey a third of the way around the planet, all to explore gunk-filled holes in vast Antarctic glaciers. To many of us, the area these scientists travelled to, Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys, represents absolute desolation. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would chose to … Continue reading CU scientists travel the globe to explore life in Antarctica’s cryoconite “gunk”

Science brief: New study suggests the pill could make you smarter

If I were a contestant on Family Feud and the category was “things you can eat to become smarter,” here’s what I’d say: spinach, salmon, avocados and maybe fish oil supplements. One thing that I would never think of is hormonal birth control, but according to a recent study, that would be a solid answer. Earlier this month, a team of researchers published an article … Continue reading Science brief: New study suggests the pill could make you smarter

Boulder County Flood Recovery Breakdown

Boulder County Flood Recovery Graphic Breakdown In September, 2013, Boulder County experienced a 100-year flood. A full week of rainfall and flooding all but shut down the City of Boulder and resulted in extensive damage throughout the county. Since the flood, the county has made repairs to bridges and roads as well as private property and local businesses. There are also ongoing projects to recover … Continue reading Boulder County Flood Recovery Breakdown