Coloradan Magazine

University of Colorado Boulder

Nature the stress-reliever

School playgrounds that incorporate elements of the natural world can help reduce children’s stress and intensify their ability to focus, according to a CU-Boulder-led study.

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Heard around campus

“If it’s really that dangerous, and if even just a fraction of people stop using their phones, we would expect to find some decrease in accidents. But we didn’t find any statistical evidence of a reduction.

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Earth-moving Science

Between January 1 and May 2 of this year, Oklahoma experienced 145 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater. Not long ago the state averaged two a year.

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A Change in the Amazon Basin

The ecosystems in the Amazon Basin may release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they absorb, according to a study co-led by CU-Boulder researchers. The reason? A changing climate.

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Hindsight Is 2020

U.S. passport control agents may need to order more rubber stamp pads to accommodate the influx of CU-Boulder students studying abroad by 2020.

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Voices of Holocaust Haunt Norlin Library

A businessman from Mexico City who later lived in San Antonio, Texas, Harry W. Mazal became an internationally recognized Holocaust collector and researcher. Before passing away in 2011, he spent his life committed to defending the voices and memories of Holocaust victims. He amassed more than 20,000 books and 500,000 documents, pamphlets, photographs and transcripts.

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IPads in 1968?

Who is CU-Boulder’s most influential alum? Unless you follow the computer industry, chances are you’ve never heard of him.

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First Female Police Chief and Professor of Year Celebrated

From overseeing anti-gang operations to managing a security team for the Academy Awards, Melissa Zak, the new campus police chief, spent 20 years working for the Los Angeles Police Department. Hired to the CU post in December 2013, she is the first female police chief since the department was founded in 1949.

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Marijuana Use Nipped in the Bud

Despite the onslaught of state-licensed “pot shops” opening in Colorado early this year for legal recreational consumption, marijuana use is prohibited on campus in compliance with federal law.

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More Memory, Less Google

Using Google may be making us more forgetful, according to research done by CU-Boulder senior research associate Adrian Ward and Harvard University professor Daniel Wegner, who passed away last July.

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University Memorial Center Turns 60

Sixty years ago, the UMC opened as a living memorial to honor the service and sacrifice of all Colorado veterans. In the years that followed, students came to eat, shop and meet with friends, but it was not until 1976 when the student veterans association, along with the UMC Board, established a Veterans Lounge.

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Nation’s Oldest Art

The oldest art in the United States was most likely created when saber-toothed cats and woolly mammoths still roamed the grassy plains, according to CU-Boulder researcher Larry Benson. He led a study dating the Winnemucca Lake petroglyph site in western Nevada to be at least 10,500 to 14,800 years old. Petroglyphs near Long Lake in central Oregon were previously thought to be the oldest at more than 6,700 years old.

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Sitcom secrets

Consumers who watch sitcoms and see product placement through covert marketing have better memories of the products and better attitudes toward the brands, according to three CU-Boulder-led studies.

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