Coloradan Magazine Archives

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Gridiron

In the annals of CU football, Derek McCartney has a famous name. Now he’s making one for himself.

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South Park’s Unsung Genius

When animation director and co-producer of South Park Eric Stough (Film’95) started work on the quirky adult sitcom show 16 years ago, he cut out the famous cartoon characters from construction paper.

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Making a Splash

On a night hike in Australia where the tide comes in more than 14 miles, Jennifer Lewin (EnvDes’97) noticed the water left a creation of flat tidal pools. Fascinated by how the light from the moon shone into the many circles of water, she jumped from puddle to puddle.

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The Man Who Charted the Red Zone

He does not own the patent or copyright, nor does he take credit for naming a statistic that has become a staple in football for the better part of 30 years. But scoring efficiency from the “red zone’’ — the portion of the field between the 20-yard lines and the goal line — is the brainchild of CU sports information director Dave Plati (Jour’82).

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A New Recruit

With black and gold dogs, wife Liz Bacon Chreist (ComDisor’98) — whom he met on a Vail chairlift while skiing in 2001 — and years of experience with alumni, parents and students around the world, it’s hard to imagine a better fit.

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From Ashes

I remember, almost too vividly, the day my mother and I vacuumed up my 12-year-old brother from the tired shag carpet.

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Finding Genes That Fit

Ask Joaquin Espinosa what he sees as the key to curing cancer, and he answers with a blend of ancient Chinese philosophy and cutting-edge genetics.

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Ready, Set, Go

Lean and tan, with a youthful determination in his stride, Dan King (ChemEngr’82, MBA’88) splashed through rivers and leapt over hurdles, blazing past much younger competitors on the last six miles of the nationally televised CEO Endurance World Championship in Tennessee last fall. Sprinting across the finish, as he clinched the title of “World’s Fittest CEO,” he didn’t look all that different than he did during his glory days on the CU cross-country team.

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Breaking Ground

John Branch (Mktg’89, MJour’96) wins the Pulitzer Prize for his captivating and tragic story about an avalanche that swept over a group of expert skiers in Washington’s backcountry.

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Chilling Out

Bike riding and thirst are inseparable partners, a fact that has put Judy Amabile (Comm’80, MBA’85) where she is today — sitting atop a successful company and enjoying the spoils of the free enterprise system.

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Weighty Dreams

Yes, researchers have known for a while about a link between sleep and weight. People who sleep less than six hours are at greater risk for obesity, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

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Job Hunt

Looking for a job or a change in your career? Lea Alvarado is here to help. With more than 15 years of career development experience, she helps CU alums in one-on-one career sessions.

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A Mission to Mars

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) is the first mission devoted to studying the ionosphere or upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail. It will explore and seek to understand how the loss of atmospheric gas has changed the climate of Mars.

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Extinction

When it comes to human-caused extinction, Shankman and Sauther agree humanity has a duty to respond, whether it’s intervening in genocide or being mindful of habitat destruction.

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From Hostages to Hollywood

Tony Mendez (Art ex’59) helped mastermind the escape of six Americans from Iran in 1979. Today Ben Affleck plays him in Argo, the 2013 Golden Globe Award-winning movie.

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A Dose of Genius

Professor Ding Xue and his team’s discovery may lead to the development of medicine to treat the deadly hepatitis B virus that affects millions across the globe.

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Legacy of Peace

Since the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 2,300 CU-Boulder alumni have served abroad. What they brought back has shaped the arc of their lives.

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Running Down a Dream

David Bolen (Mktg’50, MBA’50) became CU’s first Olympic athlete in 1948 before embarking on a successful career as an ambassador.

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Head of the Herd

Four decades ago, the university created an innovative progam to groom Colorado’s future leaders. Where are they now?

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American Meat

Can American agriculture make a shift to sustainable farming? Graham Meriwether (Engl’02) spent time with farmers across the country in search of the answer.

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Pressure Cooker

Are rising temperatures a national security risk in Africa? Geography professor John O’Loughlin and his team conduct an unprecedented study to determine if climate change plays a role in the continent’s conflicts.

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CU Wins Fourth Nobel Prize

David Wineland, CU’s fifth Nobel Laureate won the award for “groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.”

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From Battles to Books

As U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down, veterans are filling classrooms across the nation, including at CU-Boulder. Adjusting to civilian life isn’t always easy.

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My Dog Always Eats First

For many homeless people, owning a pet doesn’t just mean companionship. It can spur transformative behavioral changes that can save their lives.

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