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University of Colorado Boulder

Here's something to squawk about

The good-natured camaraderie between Kernen and Quintanilla is, in part, what the hundreds of thousands of viewers who watch Squawk Box each weekday morning (6-9 a.m. Eastern time) tune in to watch. Three hours of live TV, turning on the proverbial dime to a CEO here, a government official there and sometimes even a celebrity investor, can be both exhausting and exhilarating, and a brotherly sense of humor can be the WD-40 that makes it all work.

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Hot reads for the summer

Forget Oprah’s Book Club or The New York Times bestseller list. If you’re looking for diversity — both in subject matter and artistic form — when compiling your summer reading list, read on.

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Taming the terrible twos

Toddlers aren’t ignoring advice. They are storing it for later, according to a new CU study. This goes against the notion that has long been accepted by scientists and many parents — that children’s brains function as if they were little adults.

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Boulder should go nuclear

Instead of trying to save the world one light bulb at a time, I think Boulder should invest in a nuclear power plant and solve its part of the climate problem once and for all.

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Singer soars to new heights

During the last time Cynthia Lawrence (MMus’87) sang with world-renowned operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, he gave her a one-eyed glance to see where she was going to land before she plunged backward off a wall in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca.

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Alum heads Gates fund to help students

When Bill Gates put up $125 million to fund his own philanthropic foundation in 2000, one of the first employees in the fledgling Seattle organization was Allan Golston (Acct’88), a health care executive working in nearby Olympia, Wash.

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By the numbers

4,255 Number of bachelor’s degrees conferred at spring 2009 commencement. 3,591 Number of bachelor’s degrees conferred in 1989. 1,500 Number of undergraduates who graduated in 1959. 48 Percent of students who graduate in four years at peer universities. 41 Percent of CU-Boulder students who graduate in four years. 20 National ranking the physics department received in U.S. News & World Report. 18 Age of prodigy Eric Eason (ApMath, EngrPhys’09) who graduated in May. 1 National ranking CU’s graduate program in atomic/molecular/optical physics received in U.S. News & World Report.

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Buff Tribute: Edward Rozek 1918-2009

By 1945, Edward Rozek had fled his homeland and spent time in a Nazi slave labor camp. He had fought his former captors in France and Germany, earning numerous medals. Then, as he spent nearly a year recovering from surgery on his eyes, he made a decision.

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Stem cells could contribute to muscular dystrophy recovery

Treatment of injured, diseased or aging muscle tissues in humans, including damage wreaked by muscular dystrophy, may reach new heights, thanks to a recent discovery by a CU research team. The scientists, including Kathleen Tanaka (EPOBio’92), identified a type of skeletal muscle stem cell that contributes to the repair of damaged muscles in mice and has implications for a number of human diseases.

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June 2009 Editor's note

Under deep blue skies, I watched 5,282 students graduate on May 8, joined by more than 100 members of the class of 1959 who seemed so fit I’ve decided being a Buff is a passport to the fountain of youth. Speaking of youth, two examples of CU’s outstanding caliber of graduates are Eric Eason (ApMath, EngrPhys’09) and Ryan Kramer (Aero’09) who arrived on campus at ages 13 and 14, respectively, and head to graduate school next fall. Wow!

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Making gas from grass

Weimer, 55, says his technique could make a gallon of green gasoline for less than $3. And he and his team of 10 doctorate and three postdoctoral students recently won a three-year, $1 million federal grant to continue refining the process.

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Volume 13, Number 4 June 2009

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and

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Boulder yard yields ancient tools

Anthropologists often travel the world for their research, but this discovery involved just a six-block stroll from the Boulder campus: a rare stone tool cache containing traces of camel and other animal proteins from 13,000 years ago.

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Desperately seeking Tom Cruise

The 1980s was a tough decade at CU-Boulder. The ’60s and ’70s had stamped their respective imprimaturs on everything from campus politics to postgraduate expectations. When we met alums from other eras, they seemed smug and self-satisfied — or maybe we were just envious of their big times in Boulder.
“You should have seen the war moratorium protest on the quad. . .” those from the counterculture said. “You know, since AIDS wasn’t a part of our lives, sex was everywhere. . .”

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Run, Kara, run

When Kara Grgas-Wheeler Goucher (Psych’01) crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon last fall, she wept.

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“Top Chef” sizzles in Boulder

Boulder chef Hosea Rosenberg (EngrPhys’97) became a “Top Chef” in February when he won Bravo TV’s reality competition, completing a 12-month season and beating out 16 others from around the country to win $100,000.

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New skipper takes over CU spikers

Liz Kritza, whose brother Ted Kritza (A&S ex’96) played for the CU basketball team in the 1990s, was hired as the Buffs’ head volleyball coach in February, replacing Pi’i Aiu (DistSt ex’89).

The Colorado Springs native took over the CU program after four seasons as head coach at her alma mater, Tulane, which in 2008 qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Kritza signed a five-year contract.

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Basketball teams drop the ball

The men’s basketball team finished with the most losses in a season (22) in program history, which dates back to 1901, and with its second-worst in-conference winning percentage ever. The Buffs went 1-15 against Big 12 opponents in the regular season, placing last in the league. The Buffs notched a 9-22 record overall — an

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Netters volley back and forth

The women’s tennis team started 5-0 in Big 12 competition for the first time ever but lost four of its last six regular season matches to finish fifth in conference play. After being ousted in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, the Buffs owned a 12-10 overall record. CU has posted 24 conference victories over

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Golf teams link up with new home

Steve Kerr (Rec’78) played golf at CU and so did his daughter, Erin Kerr (Jour’05), and thanks to his generosity the university’s golf programs now have an official course to call home. Kerr purchased Vista Ridge Golf Club in Erie and renamed it Colorado National Golf Club in honor of it becoming home for the

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A quarterback cliffhanger

While the battle for CU’s starting quarterback job isn’t expected to be settled before August, one candidate broke his thumb in April and another bowed out of the competition. Sophomore quarterback Matt Ballenger, who saw playing time as No. 2 QB in 2008, decided to transfer out of the CU program. Ballenger, unhappy with his

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Skiers schuss to second

The skiers won two individual titles but for the second straight year finished second to the University of Denver in the team standings at the NCAA Championships. Junior Gabriel Rivas earned the win in the men’s slalom and sophomore Vegard Kjoelhamar claimed the men’s 20-kilometer freestyle championship, marking his third victory of the season. Five

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Barringer races beyond expectations

Senior Jenny Barringer ran the fastest 5K in the world this year, finishing in 15:09.72 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in May. She finished her CU indoor track career by winning her first NCAA indoor title, capturing the 3,000-meter championship in March. Barringer’s time of 8:42.03 was a college indoor record. The 2008 Olympian

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Sports potpourri

CU athletes Jenny Barringer (running), Nikki Marshall (soccer) and Lucie Zikova (skiing) were inducted into the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame in March. Former CU soccer player Michelle Wenino (Fin’09), the 2008 Big 12 co-defensive player of the year, earned a spot on the roster of the Chicago Red Stars Women’s Professional Soccer team.

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Two generations leave their mark at CU

One of the great things about serving the University of Colorado at Boulder for 35 years as a professor, dean, provost and now chancellor is I get to see two generations of graduates joining our alumni family.

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Churchill verdict rendered

Former ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill was unlawfully fired from the University of Colorado for expressing his political beliefs, a Denver jury decided April 2. But the jury only awarded the professor $1 in damages.

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