Published: Aug. 2, 2000 The 5,000 people expected to attend the University of Colorado at Boulders commencement exercises Aug. 12 at 8:30 a.m. in the historic Norlin Quadrangle are strongly urged to plan for an early arrival. Free parking will be available in the Euclid Avenue Autopark, Lot 204 off 18th Street and Broadway, Lot 308 at Regent Drive and Kittredge Loop Road, and in Lot 310 off 18th Street and Wardenburg Drive. Lots 359 and 378, near Folsom Stadium, and the Regent Drive Autopark (Lot 436 on Regent Drive) also are open and free. Parking meters on campus will be free the day of commencement. People attending the ceremony should note that the meters along University Avenue are city meters and are not free and are subject to ticketing. Traffic is expected to be delayed on U.S. 36 due to construction. Those traveling from the Denver metro area should allow extra time or take an alternate route. Close-in parking for those who have difficulty walking will be in Lot 380 off University Avenue and 17th Street, but space in this area is limited. No handicapped permit is required. Access to this lot will be available for drop-off even after all spaces are occupied. Courtesy wheelchairs will be available to aid those who have difficulty walking to their seats. The city of Boulders local shuttle services, the HOP and the SKIP, will be in service the morning of the ceremony. They run every 10 minutes and cost 75 cents. Guests with disabilities who have questions or need additional assistance should contact the Office of Disability Services at (303) 492-8671. Other visitors with additional parking needs or parking questions should contact CU Parking and Transit Services at (303) 492-2322. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail William Toor, mayor of Boulder and director of the CU Environmental Center, will present the next seminar in the university's Earth Systems Engineering Initiative on Wednesday, April 25. "Sustainability and Cities" will be presented from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coors Events/Conference Center, room 4. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will address the steps that cities can take to reduce emission of greenhouse gases and to create more sustainable buildings. The seminar will focus on the experience in Boulder and on current policy debates. The Earth Systems Engineering Initiative, which focuses on issues of sustainable development, is sponsored by the department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering in the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science. For more information, visit http://ese.colorado.edu, or contact Professor Bernard Amadei at (303) 492-7734, or Carol Rowe, director of engineering communications at (303) 492-7426. Published: April 18, 2001
Published: Feb. 15, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail New calculations by a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher indicate global sea levels likely will rise more by the end of this century than predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001. The projected sea-level rise is due to a revised estimate of the ice melt from glaciers, said geological sciences Emeritus Professor Mark Meier. Meier presented the findings Feb. 16th at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Meier and CU-Boulder colleague Mark Dyurgerov have collected new data showing the world's glaciers and ice caps have exhibited significant ice loss in the 20th century, which has accelerated since 1988. That loss has contributed to at least 20 percent of the observed rise in sea level, said Meier. "Some glaciers around the world now are smaller than they have been in the last several thousand years," he said. "The rate of ice loss since 1988 has more than doubled," said Meier, a researcher and former director of CU-Boulder's Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. Dyurgerov also is an INSTAAR researcher. Meier said the IPCC report might have underestimated the wastage of glaciers and ice caps around the word -- excluding Greenland and Antarctica -- for several reasons. The IPPC did not include increases in ice wastage since the late 1980s, an apparent increase in the sensitivity of ice wastage to both temperature and precipitation, and a probable increase in melting from small, cold glaciers surrounding the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, he said. In addition, new data from colleagues at the University of Alaska show that huge glaciers on the West Coast of Alaska and northern Canada are wasting rapidly, said Meier. The melting of these large glaciers has contributed roughly 0.14 millimeters per year in sea rise over the long-term, according to calculations by Meier and Dyurgerov, jumping to more than 0.32 millimeters per year during the last decade. The IPCC, which estimated global ice wastage of only 0.3 millimeters per year, probably underestimated the contribution of glacier disintegration to sea-level rise because little data on the large, maritime glaciers in Alaska was available, said Meier. But this region is the largest contributor to sea-level rise, he said. "The sensitivity of glacier melt to temperature rise depends largely on precipitation, which in some 'glaciered' areas like southern coastal Alaska has been greatly under-measured," said Meier. "The large glaciers of Alaska and adjacent Canada currently are contributing about half of the rate of global ice loss, exclusive of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets," said Meier. "But they contain only 17 percent of the glacier ice area." The new data suggests the IPCC calculation for the 21st century -- a total of 0.16 to 0.36 feet -- was an underestimate, said Meier. He calculated that glacier melting could contribute 0.65 feet or more to sea level this century. The IPCC estimated that other processes such as ocean warming would cause an additional 0.36 feet to 1.4 feet of sea-level rise by the year 2100, Meier said. "These estimates in sea-level rise may seem small, but a 1-foot rise in sea level typically will cause a retreat of shoreline of 100 feet or more, which would have substantial social and economic impacts," Meier said. Meier said that in the United States, some large coastal cities like Houston "are not much above sea level now." He also said island nations such as Seychelles off the West Coast of Africa and Kiribati southwest of Hawaii are within a meter of being inundated by sea rise. In addition, sea rise of only 1 meter in Bangladesh would put one-half of the nation underwater, displacing more than 100 million people.
Three national media experts will visit the School of Journalism and Mass Communication March 4-15 as Hearst Professionals-in-Residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jim Peltz, a CU-Boulder alumnus and business writer for the Los Angeles Times, will visit the campus March 4-6. Award-winning former Los Angeles Times religion writer and CU-Boulder alumnus John Dart is scheduled for March 12-15. Keith Hartenberger, manager of news and programming for Tribune Company Intergroup Development, the unit responsible for coordinating the company's internal and external cross-media efforts, will visit March 13-15. The Hearst Professional-in-Residence program provides fellowships for veterans from the print and broadcast media to visit CU-Boulder each semester to provide helpful lessons and advice to students and faculty. Peltz received his master's degree in journalism from CU-Boulder in 1979 and has been a staff writer for the business section of the Los Angeles Times for 14 years. He is one of the paper's primary reporters for analyzing corporate strategies, executives, financial performance, mergers and acquisitions, and market developments covering a wide range of industries. He also is a frequent contributor to the paper's overall coverage of the stock market and is in charge of the Times' coverage of commercial airlines. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Peltz spent eight years as a national business writer for The Associated Press in New York. Dart graduated from CU-Boulder in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and began his career at United Press International wire service in the Los Angeles bureau. He joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times in 1967, where he worked for 31 years. Dart has covered a wide range of religious groups, trends and conflicts and paid special attention to newsworthy findings in the sociology of religion and biblical studies. His 1976 book, "The Laughing Savior," was the first popular book on the Christian and Gnostic apocryphal manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945. He is a former president of the Religion Newswriters Association and has served as a media consultant for the 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town. For the past two years, he has been news editor for Christian Century, a biweekly news and commentary magazine. He also is completing a book on new discoveries in the Gospel of Mark. Hartenberger, manager of news and programming for Tribune Company Intergroup Development, is the multimedia market manager for Hartford and Philadelphia-Allentown. He also is responsible for news and content issues in the company's other multimedia markets, including videography training for still photographers. For more information on the Peltz visit contact Frank Kaplan at (303) 492-7031 or [email protected], for the Dart visit contact Stewart Hoover at (303) 492-4833 or [email protected] and for the Hartenberger visit contact Lee Hood at (303) 492-2572 or [email protected] The Hearst Professional-in-Residence program is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. For more information contact Meg Moritz at (303) 492-1610 or [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 27, 2002
The connections between work, energy, heat and temperature will be explained during the Saturday, April 27, CU Wizards show "Heat, Temperature and Absolute Zero." Paul Beale, a physics professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present the show at 9:30 a.m. in Duane Physics, room G1B30. The free hour-long show is intended primarily for students in grades five through nine. CU Wizards is an annual series presented on the last Saturday morning of each month during the school year and covers topics in astronomy, chemistry and physics. During the show Beale will use props including balloons and superconductors to demonstrate how temperatures are measured and how the properties of real materials change dramatically as their temperatures are varied from thousands of degrees above zero to hundreds of degrees below zero. He also will use an infrared camera and other tools to show that all objects, including the human body, emit radiation that depends on their temperature. The audience will learn what heat is, how temperature is related to the motion of molecules in a material, why there is an absolute zero temperature and what distinguishes solids, liquids and gases from each other. Beale said he also will explain why interesting things happen when matter is cooled to temperatures close to absolute zero. Free parking for the April 27 show is available in lot 169 northeast of Folsom Stadium off Folsom Street, lot 396 off Stadium Drive, lot 378 southeast of Folsom Stadium, lot 436 east of the Engineering Center and lot 308 south of Regent Drive and west of Kittredge Loop Road. Parking also is available in the Euclid Avenue Autopark for a nominal fee. For more information about the CU Wizards series call (303) 492-6952 or visit the Web site at http://physics.colorado.edu/wizards/cuwizards.html. Published: April 14, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail
Published: Feb. 12, 2004 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Women interested in exploring career opportunities in engineering and technology are invited to register for the University of Colorado at Boulder's annual "Engineering Career Day for Women" on Saturday, March 6. The all-day program will be held on the Boulder campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will introduce high school and community college students to the field of engineering through hands-on activities. Participants also will meet women who study and work in the field of engineering, and will tour the CU-Boulder campus with college students. Engineering Career Day for Women is presented by the Women in Engineering Program. Most sessions will be held in the Engineering Center, including the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, the college's state-of-the-art experiential learning facility, and the new Discovery Learning Center. Attendees will meet current students and professional engineers, and will participate in demonstrations and activities throughout the college. Separate informational sessions will be offered for parents, teachers and counselors who want to learn what CU-Boulder has to offer and how to encourage young women to pursue engineering as a career. Cost of the program is $10 per person and includes materials, a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is requested by Feb. 21. For more information and registration, go to www.colorado.edu/engineering or call (303) 492-0083.
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The Office of Diversity and Equity at the University of Colorado at Boulder has awarded 2005 Equity and Excellence Awards to five faculty, staff and students. Associate Professor Ruben Donato of the School of Education received the faculty award. Carol Miyagishima, director of the Chancellor's Leadership Residential Academic Program and Ethnic Living and Learning Community, received the staff award. They were chosen for their commitment to academic excellence, cultural pluralism and diversity in the university community. Students are selected for their demonstration of outstanding service to the university community and within multiculturally diverse communities on campus, as well as a commitment to academic excellence. Winners of the student awards were Hillary Jorgensen, a senior majoring in English; Michelle Miles, doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Shengwang Du, doctoral candidate in physics. Awardees were honored at the 20th Annual Equity and Excellence Graduation Celebration and Awards Banquet on April 28. Each winner received a certificate and a $200 award. A request for Equity and Excellence Award nominations is announced each spring and a committee of former recipients recommends the awardees. In addition to the Equity and Excellence Awards, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, associate vice chancellor of diversity and equity, received the outstanding leadership award. Albert Ramirez, former administrator and retired faculty member in the psychology and ethnic studies departments, received a special honor for establishing the banquet 20 years ago. Published: May 3, 2005
Published: April 8, 2007 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail An array of cultural performers - from belly dancers to mariachi musicians - and international booths offering gastronomic delicacies from around the globe will be among the featured attractions at the 15th annual International Festival at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This year's festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 14, in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University Memorial Center, or UMC. Sponsored by the Cultural Events Board, the Office of International Education, the CU Parents Association and other campus groups, the festival is a celebration of the many cultures represented by CU-Boulder students. "The festival is a great chance for participants and attendees to comprehend how big the world really is and how magnificent a melting pot of cultures can be," said Prithvi Bhargava, an electrical engineering master's degree candidate from India and co-chair of this year's organizing committee. "It is a great learning experience to get various student groups to work together. It makes us realize how unique we all are and yet similar in everything that makes us human." China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Serbia, Thailand and Russia are among the nations participants will represent at the festival. In addition to enjoying music and dance, festival visitors will be able to taste dishes from around the world such as coq au vin, falafel balls, jollof rice, tiramisu, Black Forest cake, Arab coffee and more. For a complete list of sponsors and to learn more about the festival, go to festival.colorado.edu.
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 1, 2007 The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication will use a $75,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to launch a three-year, traveling program designed to empower journalists and other citizens in communities throughout Colorado with professional newsgathering techniques and hard-nosed tips for negotiating the "invisible Web." Foundation trustees approved the grant in late April for a program named in honor of George Orbanek, a CU-Boulder alumnus and longtime publisher of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, a Cox Newspapers Inc. publication. The George Orbanek Journalism Workshop: An Outreach Program for Negotiating the Invisible Web and Interactively Engaging Residents of Colorado Communities will take place five times annually in towns and cities in every corner of the state and across the Denver metropolitan area. The first workshop will take place in late July in Grand Junction. CU-Boulder journalism and mass communication professors, staff and graduate students will lead on- and off-site, interactive workshops, said Program Coordinator Alan Kirkpatrick. "News is more than quotes, sound bites and photo ops," Kirkpatrick said. "This program will help local journalists hone their professional skills and expose citizen journalists, bloggers, community activists and others to time-honored journalistic techniques - the kinds of hands-on newsgathering and fact-checking needed to produce reliable, objective information for print, broadcast or the Web." Each year, the traveling series of workshops will begin in Grand Junction, focusing on information relevant to the seven counties served by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and covering a large swath of the Western Slope. Major components of the interactive program will include teaching participants how to access information on the "invisible Web," or the estimated 95 percent of Web information that general search engines cannot locate, and how to implement effective strategies for engaging citizens through blogs, podcasts and other new-media applications. According to Kirkpatrick, workshop participants also will learn how to access Web-based, journalism-related resources and how to make a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request. In addition, they will be able to access online or CD tutorials from classrooms, newsrooms and other work areas. "Over the last decade the Information Age has morphed into the Internet Age," he said. "Never before has so much good information been so directly available to so many people in smaller communities, but much of that information is coated in spin, opinion and dubious authenticity." For more information on how to participate in the workshops, contact Alan Kirkpatrick at (303) 492-5480 or [email protected] To learn more about the CU-Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication visit www.colorado.edu/journalism/. For more information about the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel visit www.gjsentinel.com/.
Environmental engineering faculty and students at the University of Colorado at Boulder are launching a study this month to determine the environmental fate of chemical dispersants being used in the Gulf oil spill cleanup.Professor and water treatment expert Karl Linden will lead the one-year study, which is funded by an $82,319 RAPID-response grant from the National Science Foundation. Linden will work with Assistant Professor Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, who brings additional expertise in environmental chemistry and oxidation processes."Dispersants are designed to break up large globules of oil into smaller droplets that enhance biodegradation," Linden said. "However, the use of dispersants is being carried out in ways never envisioned."Dispersants are being sprayed onto the ocean in larger quantities than ever before and injected deep underwater at the source of the oil leak, a new practice with unknown consequences, according to Linden.The investigations will focus on Corexit, a proprietary chemical being used by BP, and on photochemical degradation -- driven by sunlight -- which is believed to be an important mechanism in the breakdown of the dispersant."Our research will focus on how efficient sunlight-driven processes are at degrading these compounds," Rosario-Ortiz said. "This represents a significant challenge based on the chemical complexity of these dispersants, and the different environmental factors that will interfere with these processes."The team plans to travel to the Gulf area in late August to obtain water samples and coordinate with other studies in the area. Prior to that, the researchers will develop an analytical method to monitor the chemical constituents in the dispersant, and investigate fundamentals of the dispersant's decay in the laboratory using model ocean water and a solar simulator.At the conclusion of the study, the team will model and estimate the half-life of identifiable chemicals in the dispersant based on sunlight conditions experienced in the Gulf of Mexico and predict their photochemical fate.Linden and Rosario-Ortiz also plan to integrate their activities and findings into their fall undergraduate and graduate classes on environmental engineering and water chemistry. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Science & TechnologyGetting InvolvedEnvironmentNews HeadlinesCampus Community Published: July 20, 2010