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 Stepping Back in Time to the Virtual Immersive Global Middle Ages | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:36

Roger Martinez, associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, is using immersive virtual reality tools to recreate worlds that no longer exist. The Immersive Global Middle Ages project, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, will transport viewers back in time to experience the fifth through 15th centuries. * Five-hundred to 1500 is generally what is considered the European Middle Ages. It encapsulates the space between what was before and what is after. * Fifteen-hundred hearkens the Early Modern Age, an outcome of the Renaissance, which is this point where new ideas are taking hold, new experimentations with culture and knowledge. * Violence was prevalent during the Middle Ages because of the fracture of the old Roman world of the legal systems, and the application of law. * Middle Ages period reflects a local life in that your community is where you live, and to leave the city that you live in, or the region you live in invites banditry that you walk out of your space and you’re no longer protected. * Revisiting the Middle Ages in today’s society, we’re undergoing a repaganization of global society, meaning there’s less Christianization in the world and more acceptance of different dynamics. * Martinez’s work on the Immersive Middle Ages project will cover two years, with the first virtual exploration becoming available this summer. * In many respects, we already have been experiencing immersive technology for 100 years, it’s called the movies. * How virtual technology works and the aim of taking viewers/visitors back to the Middle Ages — adding a new kind of way of experiencing that completeness of another world. * Broadening the view to understand what was happening across the globe during the Global Middle Ages. Other civilizations that were thriving, and deeply involved with trade. * Seeking out academics around the world that are doing research on different civilizations and asking them to join for the next two years to talk about their research, to from the global perspective. * The technology being used that will help take a step back to the Middle Ages is SketchUp Pro is a software made by Trimble. * Coming is this summer 2022, the first set of scholars, about 14 folks, will descend on Colorado Springs where they will start to showcase the beginnings of their first models. * Remember those super-cool dioramas behind glass in the museums? This virtual reality will be similar, except participants will be standing inside it. * Participants will be able to stand alongside other people who are there at that time. * Viewers will be able to download the content from sites such as Steam. * The project is part of the NEH’s Global Middle Ages Institute collaboration. Collectively Martinez and his colleague Dr. Lynn Ramey at Vanderbilt University, a medievalist as well, benefited from this opportunity to create an institute around a more inclusive Global Middle Ages and technology. * Also collaborating is alongside of them are scholars such as Geraldine Heng from the University of Texas at Austin. * Martinez and his students have developed a model of a medieval city of Palencia, Spain, and are populating it with the synagogue, the cathedral, houses, different dioramas of different individuals. * Meet Yosef Castano. Yosef, which is Joseph in the early 1400s, lived in the Jewish part of town and Christian knights lived in the same region. Yosef had an important job as a chainmail maker, and a plate armorer. This shows something completely new about the Middle Ages ...

 CU Boulder PhD Grads Bolster Educational Opportunities at Fort Lewis College | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:51

A University of Colorado collaboration has crossed the Great Divide to advance educational opportunities some 350 miles into Southwest Colorado. CU Boulder and Fort Lewis College have established a partnership that leverages the strengths of both institutions, where Arts & Sciences PhD graduates teach undergraduate students for a year – or more – at Fort Lewis College. “Fort Lewis College is in the city of Durango, which is in the Southwestern part of the state of Colorado,” explains Theresa Hernández, associate dean for research in the College of Arts & Sciences at CU Boulder, who serves as director of the partnership. “In terms of history, Fort Lewis College is well known for its strengths in teaching, especially the way in which it has small class sizes.” The program targets the needs of each individual student and where they are in their educational journey, which benefits the FLC students as well as the fellows sent there who are learning to teach and learning from their students. “Fort Lewis is designated as one of the six Native American serving non-tribal colleges. And because of that, it provides tuition-free education for Native Americans who qualified for this,” Hernández said. “It also awards more Native American students degrees than any other four year baccalaureate granting institution in the nation.” Fort Lewis graduates at about 26% of all degrees awarded to Native American students and is deeply invested in addressing its early history as a boarding school. Recently, the college held a ceremony that included tribal elders, campus leaders and Native American students in which misleading images and narratives were removed from the clock tower as part of a larger ritual. The University of Colorado is proud of the connection to this historic college, especially during this time of healing. Although the program is officially in its second year, it has seeds reaching back to about 2019 when Dean James White, arts and sciences, and Associate Dean Hernández met with Fort Lewis College faculty and leadership. Callie Cole is an associate professor of chemistry at Fort Lewis College, a CU Boulder alumna, and a strong advocate for the partnership. “It started when I was a student at CU Boulder back from 2010 to 2015, and my PhD mentor at CU Boulder, Dr. Veronica Bierbaum, helped build the foundation for all of the skills that I still use today in education and in research,” Cole said. “And so, because I had such a good training at CU Boulder, I was able to get a position as a faculty member at Fort Lewis College in 2015.” Cole realized quickly that this pipeline from CU Boulder to Fort Lewis was already taking shape. “There were CU alum all over the place here at Fort Lewis. And we started to put our heads together and just chat about like, what, what can we do to help our students learn more about awesome graduate programs like those at CU Boulder? What can we do to break down those boundaries and get them to start applying,” Cole said. “And then it was Dr. Theresa Hernández at CU who reached out to me.” They clicked and the University of Colorado and Fort Lewis College Partnership was born. “The way the program was initially developed is, we thought of a one-year in residence program, and that’s basically how we built the budget model, but now we’re refining it,” Hernández said. “We’re engaged in additional fundraising for this program, we are keeping that in mind so that the teaching fellows have the possibility of a s...

 Top Five of 2021: Innovation, Health Care, Fire Resilience, Community and Outreach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:55

Happy holidays, CU on the Air listeners! As the end of the year draws near, we reflect on our top podcasts of 2021. It was a tough choice, as we spoke again this year with some of the most leading-edge and fascinating faculty and researchers at the University of Colorado.   At No. 5, we had the Research Experience for Community College Students, or RECCS. This is a paid summer research internship program at CU Boulder open to all Colorado community college students interested in STEM. We had the opportunity this fall to talk with Alicia Christianson, program manager for RECCS program, and Anne Gold, director of this year’s education outreach program. We discuss how the program began, who is invited and the impacts on their college careers.   For many families in the Metro area, safe, adequate housing is a dream and limited access to transportation is a nightmare. We talked with CU Denver’s Carrie Makarewicz, associate professor of urban and regional planning in the college of architecture and planning, about the housing and commuting crises. It came in at No. 4 in our most popular podcasts of 2021. Carrie discusses the work underway by a partnership across Denver to solve these decades-old problems – starting with the Valverde neighborhood in Denver.   As of Sept. 21, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported that 44,647 wildfires in the United States had burned 5.6 million acres of land. In our No. 3 podcast of 2021, we talked in September with CU Boulder researcher Natasha Stavros, a data and fire scientist and director of the Earth Lab Analytics Hub. We discussed the effects of centuries of land mismanagement, technology in fire mitigation, and what it will take to preserve the land and save structures, wildlife and human lives.   Burnout among health care workers is at an all-time high. And while there has been progress in curbing the COVID pandemic, there seems to be no respite for those working in health care. In the No. 2 episode of CU on the Air, we spoke with Dr. Marc Moss from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who studies burnout syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and wellness among critical care health professionals, specifically ICU nurses. He tells CU on the Air listeners how the new variants and continued high hospitalizations are wearing our health care workers and what they can do to continue to support them. And our No. 1 podcast of 2021 was an experience as much as an interview. Ben Kwitek, director of innovation at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, immersed us in innovation. He understands that innovation is critical to solving the problems our society faces. At UCCS, he is also the innovator of the world’s first Bachelor of Innovation. He tells us what innovation truly is, why UCCS is a prime location for the birth of ingenuity and what graduates bring to innovation acr...

 Burnout Among Health Care Workers Continues. Here’s What to Do | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:29

Burnout among health care workers is at an all-time high. And while there has been progress in curbing the COVID pandemic, there seems to be no respite for those working in health care. On this episode of CU on the Air, host Emily Davies talks with Dr. Marc Moss from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who studies burnout syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and wellness among critical care health professionals, specifically ICU nurses. Dr. Moss is also the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the director of the Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab. * At the start of the pandemic, people realized that health care providers are there to help; the providers realized this is what they’ve been training for. Everyone bonded together behind that common vision. * Fatigue with the month-over-month continuation of the pandemic has left people disillusioned. Providers are still battling COVID-19 at high levels; the public is weary of hearing about it. * Health provider burnout is exacerbated by uncertainty. The need for ER care and intensive care units can fluctuate daily or hourly. * Health care professionals are threatening to leave – and some are leaving – the profession. This puts more strain on the remaining professionals to cover critical care patients. * The CU College of Nursing graduates about 500 nurses annually, which – along with other CU Anschutz graduates entering the profession – is very helpful to the pipeline. * Moss discusses the symptoms of burnout: what to look for in a loved one, colleague and oneself and some helpful steps to take. * The Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab (or CORAL) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine blends arts and medicine for better outcomes, such as creative art therapies. * As the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and head of the Division, Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Moss researches and treats acute respiratory distress syndrome, neuromuscular dysfunction in critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation and more. * Dr. Moss outlines some advancements in treating people with ARDS, including some that have come from the COVID-19 pandemic. * How can you help our health care workers? “People want to feel appreciated and supported in anything. If you know, people that are health care professionals, I think just reaching out to him and ask him how you’re doing and letting people know you’re thinking about them. And that’s an easy first step and gets back a little bit to those signs in neighborhoods at the beginning of the pandemic,” Dr. Moss. Resources * Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab * University of Colorado School of Medicine * CU College of Nursing * CU Anschutz Medical Campus * Reddit Q&A with Dr. Marc Moss

 CU Continues Its Long History of Honoring, Serving Veterans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:15

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month, one of the 12 months each year that the University of Colorado prioritizes and supports the needs of those who have served our country. Today on CU on the Air, we talk to Lisa Buckman, director of veteran and military affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Yvonne Dinsmore, interim director, and Colton Johannesen, transition and support coordinator, at the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campuses. The University of Colorado has a long history of serving veterans, as well as their families, and helping veterans reach their educational goals. Whether through Boots to Suits community mentorships, student mentors, new veteran centers, extensive services for vets and their families on the campuses, or mental health guidance, CU is there for the veteran and military communities. Resources * UCCS Veteran and Military Services * CU Denver Veteran and Military Services * CU Anschutz Veteran and Military Student Services * UCCS Boots to Suits * CU Denver | Anschutz Boots to Suits * CU System Military Resources * University of Colorado Colorado Springs * University of Colorado Denver * University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

 CU Denver Engineers Diverse Ways to Serve Communities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:51

  Engineering is a higher calling, a service today to diverse communities that benefits society for generations to come. There are many avenues for engineering graduates and today on CU on the Air, host Emily Davies talks to Dr. David Mays, professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. He has assisted more than a thousand students onto their path. * Since starting in 2005, Dr. Mays has advised 32 master’s and Ph.D. students and educated about a thousand students total. * Engineering degrees are great preparation for anything. For example, one of Mays’ students is now a full-time instructor in engineering technology at Metro State. Two other students finished their engineering degrees and then went on to seminary to become preachers. * Engineers are not only working for themselves and their own organizations, rather they’re trying to serve people they haven’t met. * Civil engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and eventual disposal of the infrastructure that supports the social and economic intercourse of civilization. * In civil engineering, what is being built today often is still in service a hundred years from now. * Engineering attracts students of all ages and backgrounds. * Mays discusses his research on environmental contaminants and how they can be neutralized through filters and aquifers for a cleaner, healthier society. * Almost every river that crosses the Colorado border is flowing from Colorado to a neighboring state. Because of that, Denver has good water quality. * In one study, Mays found that even a small leak of pure methane into the environment can cause a lot of damage because methane is much more damaging greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. * Mays discusses how wildfire suppression – exacerbated by the climate change – has hindered soil and water conservation. * Grants from the National Science Foundation have funded groundwater and hydrologic sciences research, which is now being picked up and expanded by other researchers across the USA and around the world. * Mays discusses his role in the NSF-sponsored program Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands. * Mays is taking action to build community among diverse cultures, based on the premise that engineering is an opportunity for common ground in a world where many things are pulling us apart. * There is a need to root out hidden curriculum that can reinforce privilege. * A new program called Engineering is Not Neutral is transforming instruction by collaboration, inclusion, and engagement. * The mission of CU Denver’s College of Engineering, Design and Computing is to serve the people of Colorado from every walk of life and every income level. This requires the college to be dynamic and change along with the changing population of the state. * Mays is a Teach for America alumnus. Many people who work in Teach for America go on to become K through 12 teachers as their career. * To truly serve public safety, health, and welfare, civil engineers must spend time getting to know the people of the community to better understand their needs before creating a blueprint for their future. * Engineering is more like music or architecture than people might realize because it is fundamentally creative. This is why there is a lot of space here for people with different points of view and different backgrounds. Resources * College of Engineering, Design and Computing * Colorado Oil and Gas Association, COGA * Environmental Defense Fund * Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands *

 RECCS pairs community college students with CIRES scientists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:35

Participants research STEM as they prepare to transition to four-year institutions The Research Experience for Community College Students, or RECCS (pronounced Rex), is a paid summer research internship program at the University of Colorado Boulder open to all Colorado community college students. RECCS gives community college students an authentic research experience where they explore environmental or geosciences and gain the confidence to transition to a four-year program in the STEM disciplines. A CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) program, it was initiated by former faculty member and current Regent At-Large Lesley Smith. RECCS students receive a weekly stipend of $600 to conduct field- or lab-based independent research over a nine-week period in the summer while working with a team of scientists, explained Alicia Christensen, program manager for program. They learn basic research, writing and communication skills, and they present their research at a local student science symposium. “It has been running since 2014,” Christensen said. “We work with a variety of community colleges across Colorado, both in the Denver Metro area and also rural Colorado to bring community college students to campus and connect them with research mentors here at CU.” In addition to the scientific endeavors undertaken by students, RECCS participants glean a wealth of experience through the program. “Some of the professional development we did was around identity and science identity and what it’s like to come into the science culture at a four-year university,” Christensen said. “They were very brave in terms in being vulnerable and talking about some really tough subjects. In the end, I think these students are continuing to hang out and talk to each other after this experience.” The typical cohort is about 10 students, she said. However, this past summer RECCS had 18 students. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education have been instrumental in external pairings. “(Students) work on a variety of research topics related to atmospheric sciences, climate change, air quality and pollution,” Christensen said. “We also have a variety of students who will do more field-based experiences and ecology based projects.” Students also participate in a professional development workshop through the summer with the help of program staff and some CU Boulder graduate students, she said. “That’s really focused around helping the students understand how to synthesize the research that they’re doing into a scientific poster and also a formal conference presentation,” Christensen said. “They learn the skills required to communicate their science to a more general audience than those that are specific to their disciplines.” Christensen said another aspect of the program that is imperative and unique is the importance of introducing racially and ethnically diverse students going into the sciences. “It is because it’s hard for them to feel welcome. And these programs, especially those focused around community college students, tend to be more ethnically and racially diverse,” she said. Anne Gold, director of this year’s education outreach program, shared a sampling of how the program has changed these students’ lives. “Prudence Crawm...

 UCCS’ Bachelor of Innovation Boldly Goes Where None Have Gone Before | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:46

Benjamin Kwitek, director of innovation at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, understands that innovation is critical to solving the problems our society faces. Kwitek understands the United States is at the forefront of innovation at a local and global level. At UCCS, he is also the innovator of the world’s first Bachelor of Innovation. * What is innovation and why is it important? * How the U.S. is able to push boundaries and lead the world in innovation. * The importance of an educated population and university collaborations that lead to a culture of trying new things. * Angel investors and capital can turn a startup idea into a company that makes a huge difference. * The making of an inventor: Kwitek grew up in a family of creators and innovators. * Kwitek is the inventor of the technology in the Dr. Grip Pen. * He recently got his 10th U.S. patent with more pending. * Portable cinnamon roll sold at Taco Bell and others is another invention. * UCCS is unique that it offers a Bachelor of Innovation degree – the first in the world. * Innovation is created in teams – not big teams just enough for two pizza. * The importance of complementing strengths and skills creating a culture of innovation. * UCCS program combines multiple areas of study. * Diversity of faculty backgrounds and why it’s important to have people who have experience in their field vs. only learning from a book. * ‘Innovation’ in the degree name is important as a distinguishing factor that will help students stand out. * How a BI can be a direct pipeline from CU to careers that benefit the state and world. * Ongoing projects already making a difference in Colorado. * Colorado Springs has the makings of a mecca of innovation – can a school at CU be dedicated to innovation? * Realizing the biggest difference any of us can make is by empowering other people to make a difference, because then the light continues. * How the students at UCCS are providing hope and a new vision for the future during tumultuous times. * Kwitek’s world travels highlight the power of innovation and how every nation can add value. * The inspiration from Germany for those cool “street” signs people put in their homes and garages and how they landed Kwitek on Leno. * What Kwitek has learned from failure, and how that benefits him, as he perseveres, and his students as he guides them past pitfalls. * Learning not from focusing on the orange cones, rather the space between them. * Why innovation is different from entrepreneurship: Innovation is not stepping over the bar, it’s raising it to new heights. Resources * CU Colorado Springs Bachelor of Innovation * William Shatner keynote at UCCS * UCCS * Grip Pen * Portable Cinnamon Roll Patent * At the sign post, up ahead, Colorado Springs Business Journal

 The Affordable-Housing Crisis and Building Transportation, Health and Wealth in Underserved Areas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:50

For many families in the Metro area, safe, adequate housing is a dream, and the limited access to transportation is a nightmare. Today on CU on the Air, we’re talking to CU Denver’s Carrie Makarewicz, associate professor of urban and regional planning in the College of Architecture and Planning, about the housing and commuting crises and what is in the works to remedy them. * The “missing-middle” and why teachers, police officers, nurses, and people in many other professions cannot afford to buy a home in Colorado. * The inspiration for Makarewicz’s interest in urban planning – The Rust Belt and its fluctuating employment for heads of families. * A recent report out for the state of Colorado by the Common Sense Institute shows since the Global Financial Crisis the region hasn’t continued to build the amount of housing we were producing before the crisis. * The lower supply of housing is a problem because people continue to have children and those children eventually grow up and want to move out and raise their own families. Those new households from children of existing residents combined with people moving into the area contribute to the disparity between who can and cannot afford a home because of the imbalance between supply and demand. * Why communities that resist growth are contributing to the problems that come from growth, such as traffic congestion, poor air quality, and unaffordable housing. * How the inability to afford adequate housing, or spend too much income on housing, means people do not have a healthy place to recuperate each day or enough leftover discretionary income to invest in other things that support their mental and physical health as well as their professional development. This then hurts the workforce longer term, which hurts the economy and employers. It also hurts schools when children are not able to come to school prepared, because of inadequate housing and their family’s lack of income. * Large developers are not doing thorough enough market analyses and are focusing on the small share of high-income groups who can afford expensive single-family homes as well as high-end luxury apartments, rather than smaller homes, townhomes, and condos, at moderate prices. This leaves the middle class to rent high priced apartments, which often requires them to pay too much of their income toward housing without building equity. * Why high-rise apartments are valuable for highly populated areas, the economy, and the environment. * Building permits from recent years, about 25,000 each year, have largely been for single-family homes across the Front Range. In the 7 counties, excluding Denver, 70% were for single family. With Denver, 59% of permits were for single family. Denver is building a large percentage of the multi-family structures that are needed for the growing population but it’s not enough. * If every single-family home that was built in the last two years were replaced by two townhomes, that would have doubled housing production. It would also reduce the amount of land needed for each home and therefore the distance between housing and other destinations, which could help to reduce traffic. As we drive past more low-density housing, it adds more time, more traffic, and requires more road needs. * Why do so many people want a single-family home? A lot of factors, people want private yards, gardens, etc., but there are ways to design denser housing that can accommodate these amenities at lower costs and through less land consumption. * The region’s focus on single-family home construction—which require more land—means people are moving farther out of town and therefore are taking on longer commutes, harming their own health and the state’s environment.

 CU President Saliman on Affordability, Access, Funding, DEI and the Value of CU in Colorado | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:38

The University of Colorado has a huge impact on the state of Colorado, and its return on investment is substantial. CU President Todd Saliman speaks with host Emily Davies on CU on the Air about the value of education; how the institution, its students, faculty and staff are adapting today; and how a collaborative environment is guiding the university and the state into the future. * The resilience of CU’s students, faculty and staff is inspirational! Higher education adapted impressively to the pandemic. * The importance of a collaborative environment to maximize CU’s ability to operate efficiently and support its mission for its students, employees and the state. * Diversity, equity and inclusion as a priority, and CU’s goals in terms of graduation rates, retention rates, the number of students, faculty and staff that reflect diversity, including diversity of thought. * An equity survey will be coming out in October for the entire CU community. * Mitigating challenges before they occur. Nobody knows what’s ahead – such as the degree the Delta variant will impact on-campus experiences – but CU is planning for every variable. * Funding challenges in the state – Colorado is 48th in the nation in higher education – are ongoing despite the continued efforts of the governor and legislature. * The perception that higher education is too expensive is unfortunate. A college degree is within grasp and is in some ways less expensive now than in years past. * Administrative spending at CU Boulder is second from the lowest compared to PAC-12 peers. * Upcoming outreach tours are truly listening tours. Not just a one-time visit, it is imperative that CU builds sustained relationships and truly understands each community’s needs across the state. * How is CU succeeding? Walk around the campus and talk to the students, visit people across the state and see how CU is building their communities and contributing to the health and welfare of Colorado. * How must CU do better? We have the gap at most of campuses in terms of graduation rates, where underrepresented minority students are graduating at a lower rate compared to the total student population. * The campuses have created five-year goals to close that gap, and they developed action plans to do the work that it takes to close it. * Learn more about CU’s five-year Strategic Plan, 2021-26. * President Saliman, a CU Boulder alumnus and a long-standing CU employee, served eight years in the Colorado legislature, was in the cabinet for two of Colorado governors. How has that helped in his new role leading CU? * CU works very closely with the state and federal delegations, which have been incredibly supportive during the past two years to get CU the support needs during challenging times. * CU is working with the federal delegation to communicate the importance of doubling Pell grants for students all over the country, and especially here at CU to make higher education more affordable for students all over the nation. * The university works closely with the state delegation and governor’s office to communicate the priorities and needs of the University of Colorado, and to better understand what the state needs from CU. * President Saliman looks forward to moving the needle during his time as president, as then will the next president. * The president is also looking forward to spreading the good word about CU to give people better understanding the value of a four-year degree, and a better understanding the affordability of CU. TEXT TRANSCRIPT Resources * CU website

 Wildfire resilience, not suppression, supports the environment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:04

Already in the U.S. in 2021, some 95 large fires have burned more than 2 million acres in 15 states. Nearly 24,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are on the front lines across the country. Today on CU on the Air, host Emily Davies talks with CU Boulder’s Natasha Stavros, data and fire scientist and director of the Earth Lab Analytics Hub, about the effects of centuries of land mismanagement, technology in fire mitigation, and what we can do to save the Earth and even our lives. * How did we get here? Since the industrial age, there has been in increase in the emission of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels trap the heat as if wearing a blanket. And the longer you wear that blanket, the warmer it gets. * Fuel-limited areas, such as Nevada, don’t burn because there isn’t much growth. When areas, such as California, that have been historically lush suffer drought the fire problem becomes extreme. * Smoke can travel across continents across oceans. Last September, satellite data showed smoke plumes all the way to the East Coast, over the Atlantic into Europe. * Those who are sensitive to poor air quality can try out the EPA Air Now app or the Web MD allergy app. * Hardening your home against poor air quality: Start with an air purifier. Also, increase the airflow and build wisely. * Inequitable impact – often, poorer areas live downwind of the smoke and these areas can’t afford to upgrade to air purifiers and other air-quality components. * The history of fire in America: Since Britain had few fires, the colonizers were frightened of fires and started practicing fire suppression. This led to centuries of fuel accumulation. * Tribal Nations already knew the value of fires and the hazards of suppression, but it took until the 1950s for the U.S. to understand the perils of fuel build-up. * How the Yellowstone fires re-kindled the fear of wildfires. * Air quality standards – great! Except it conflicts with prescribed fires. The importance of finding a balance between these standards and creating a sustainable ecosystem. * Technology is an immeasurable help in forecasting fire probability, measuring fires through satellites, drones and aircraft; learning how to reach specific groups to warn of fire dangers. * The harrowing story that fueled Stavros’ desire to understand and collect data for fire; and how she came to CU Boulder. * Wisdom, Know, Information and Data (WiKID) was developed by Stavros while she was at NASA – solving wicked problems through innovation as a process, not a product. * The best computer is still the human brain – informed actions are wisdom. Using the brain and technology can inform human behavior to envision, act on and ensure a healthier future. * The Earth Lab Analytics Hub at CU Boulder is a collection of big data, environment change and great minds. And it’s a women-led team! * Fire zoning isn’t a thing yet, but it should be just as much as hurricane and flooding. People need to build responsibly. * Stavros and colleagues recently brought together top fire technology innovators with fire managers, politicians and academics to brainstorm solutions to wildfire problems. * Eliminating competing ‘asks’ with best minds and pooled funding from across the country makes headway on the fire mitigation. * Solutions will require sustained access to observations, such as cameras, satellites, Twitter. Getting open access to data is imperative for cross-thinking. * Understanding the ongoing cost and how to sustain management and make progress in creating a healthy ecosystem.

 CU Engagement Builds Relationships that Meet the State’s Needs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:31

Engagement at the University of Colorado is a priority that covers vast areas, ranging from enrollment and learning opportunities, to fundraising and building relationships with diverse communities. CU on the Air host Emily Davies talks to Assistant Vice President for Engagement Tony Salazar about the many facets and the importance of building sustainable relationships that reach every corner of Colorado. * There have been engagement outreach staff at the campus level – which look a little different based on the campus needs – and in fall 2019, Salazar became that person at the system office. * The role touches upon legislative relations, enrollment, research collaborations, internship and learning opportunities for students, fostering experiential employment opportunities and even fundraising. * The campuses are doing great work; Salazar’s role provides some new relationships, opportunities for campuses to utilize from the system level. * The upcoming tours with CU President Todd Saliman and members of the CU Board of regents will be focused on bringing CU to stakeholders across the state. The tours offer a chance to better understand what the state’s citizens’ needs are, what their issues are on their turf and as President Saliman says, will “Listen and listen some more.” * Part of engagement is education: One of the perceptions that CU would like to allay is that CU = CU Boulder. CU has four campuses – including the flagship at Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus – all of which have something for every college student. * The regents represent the entire State of Colorado and outreach tours enable them to understand and appreciate the needs and the wants of constituents across the state. * CU has worked very hard to contain costs for students and for families. People often don’t realize that CU is the 48th funded state when it comes to state higher ed funding in the nation. * For students and families that make below $60,000 a year, CU is probably most affordable to go to across the State of Colorado because they are more likely to get more aid and tuition assistance there than they are in any other university in the state of Colorado. * CU Boulder has a tuition fee guarantee, so families and students will know what they have to pay for the next four years, as long as they finish on time. * There is a misperception that CU is “too liberal” to reflect the state’s values as a whole. However, the campuses reflect the communities they serve: UCCS has a large veteran presence and embodies the community’s philosophies. * Celebrating CU Denver, which is now a majority minority-serving campus now. Over half the students are students of color. It was also recently named a Hispanic-serving institution and AANAPISI institution, which serves Asian and Pacific Islander students. * In fall of 2019, CU regents and Government Relations met with the Southern Ute tribe, heard some of the concerns and some of the needs of the indigenous people down in that part of the state and through this connection, Senate Bill 29 passed. It offers in-state tuition for American students from tribes with historical ties to Colorado. * The importance of building trust in CU by having an ongoing dialogue and relationship with the people and across the State of Colorado to know that CU is here to help serve their needs. * Engagement during a pandemic. What does that look like? What were the eventual workarounds? Well, Zoom, of course.

 Advancing Discoveries to Speed Intervention | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:31

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus builds the research teams of the future to speed the development of new treatments and improve human health. CU on the Air host Emily Davies and former CU President Mark Kennedy speak with Dr. Ron Sokol, director of CCTSI and professor of pediatrics, about the life-changing, innovative work underway at the institute. * Translational research is taking basic discoveries and translating them into interventions, prevention and new therapies that benefit humans in a practical setting in the community. * CCTSI was established in 2008 in response to the National Institutes of Health transformation of past programs to support clinical and translational research into research institutes and training programs at major biomedical research centers across the country. * The institute is ‘disease agnostic,’ by NIH mandate. It supports the best research and the best investigators, whatever field they’re in. * Sokol is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist who had been involved in clinical research and childhood liver disease for many years. He has led the institute since 2008. * He discusses what distinguishes research teams of the future versus those of the past, or even the present. * Data privacy and data security is paramount to be able to have data sets in a way that protects the individual person. * Precision medicine, or personalized medicine, takes advantage of understanding a person’s clinical makeup, biologic makeup, genetic makeup and environmental exposures. * CCTSI is based at the CU Anschutz campus, but CU Boulder is a close partner institution; CU Denver and Colorado State are partners as well. * Supplying the foundational ingredients in training and mentoring expertise, the institute works with CU Innovations, which takes discovery to the next level. * The institute issues close to a million dollars a year of pilot grants anywhere from $25,000 to $60,000. * CCTSI research has helped transform the lives of children with cystic fibrosis. * It has been involved in artificial pancreas and creating devices for children with type one diabetes. * CCTSI continues to work extensively on COVID treatment. * A new program teaches young investigators how to be team-science members. * CCTI’s efforts ultimately bring new treatments and cures to people, while helping young scientists move along their path towards achieving those ends. TEXT TRANSCRIPT Resources * Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute * CU Anschutz Medical Campus * National Institutes of Health * CU Innovations * ICorps * NHLBI * SPARK * CEAL

 A Fond Farewell and Good Luck to Retiring Host Ken McConnellogue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:01

It’s the end of an era – or at least a 15-year run. New CU on the Air host Emily Davies talks with Vice President of University Communication Ken McConnellogue, who is retiring from the university June 31. The inaugural host of the podcast, which began publishing in June 2017, McConnellogue reflects on how the university has grown, the leadership he’s worked with, the importance of CU’s reputation, the fantastic research underway at CU and how this podcast helps spread the good news. * The secret to VP McConnellogue’s longevity at CU. * The basic responsibilities of the vice president for university communication. * McConnellogue’s insights on working for three different presidents. * The joys of working around smart, dedicated and hardworking people across the CU system. * The not-so-joyful aspect of dealing with misinformed criticism levied at CU from uninformed individuals. * Jumping into the fire: Dealing with the Ward Churchill and football recruiting crises upon first arriving at CU. * Re-establishing a positive reputation for the university. * Advice to the podcast? Enjoy exploring all kinds of research and talent across the CU system. * Regent Emeritus Stephen Ludwig’s role in CU on the Air’s inception. * The transition: Applauding CU President Mark Kennedy for his contributions that will continue to benefit CU. Why Todd Saliman, interim president, will do a great job until a new president is chosen. * Honoring the University of Colorado, how it has touched McConnellogue’s life and the lives of everyone who has been a part of it. * Staying involved, including helping his successor, Michael Sandler, with onboarding. A privilege McConnellogue didn’t have when he came to CU. * The University Relations and cross-campus teams do great work and telling stories. Advice? Keep it up. * A nod to the CU on the Air podcast team, all of whom agreed that there should be more beer involved post-podcast recording and who gave a hearty nod back. * Leave your stories of and best wishes to Ken McConnellogue in the comments – we’ll make sure he gets them. Resources * Ken McConnellogue * University of Colorado System * University Leadership * Michael Sandler, new VP * Regent Emeritus Stephen Ludwig * CU’s presidents

 Colorado’s Best Minds + CU Innovators = A Better Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:45

While patents and business papers are an important aspect in scientific discovery, it’s not until that research is making a positive impact in society that it truly matters. Today on the President’s Innovation Podcast, President Mark Kennedy and host Emily Davies speak with serial entrepreneur, Stan Lapidus, about his accomplishments and insights on business collaboration in advancing health care, from ingenuity to implementation. * Lapidus discusses his breakthroughs that have greatly benefited science, including the pap smear and Cologuard colon cancer screening. * Early detection of cancer diagnostics has been near and dear to Lapidus heart. * Lapidus serves as an advisor to the CU Innovations initiative at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, which unites industry partners, entrepreneurs and investors, to help CU researchers create biomedical technology that improves quality of life. * Kimberly Muller, executive director of CU Innovations, discusses the innovations underway at CU Anschutz, and Lapidus’ important contributions. * Lapidus discusses coming to Colorado and his role as adviser for CU Innovations. * The important transition of innovation from research to bedside. * The role of the university – and its responsibility to the state and beyond – to go from paper to impacting the community. * In addition to Nobel Laureates and MacArthur Fellows, CU needs to honor faculty who have gone beyond the discovery, into production that benefits people’s lives. * President Kennedy caught up with old friend and entrepreneur Ted Snelgrove to meet a new ally in Stan Lapidus. * How to learn and grow from failure and the importance of accepting responsibility. * Leading through listening to — and sharing — ideas with other great minds. * The importance of a humanities education in furthering the life sciences. * There’s nothing wrong with being a late-comer to the sciences. Lapidus was 38 when he ventured that direction. * Being a serial entrepreneur is not to say you’re cut out to be the head of a corporation. Perhaps the mission is to get it going, then put experts in place. * The importance of leaving something valuable for the next generations to build on. Resources * Listen to: CU Innovations Brings Sciences from Inception to Implementation * CU Innovations * CU Anschutz Medical Campus * Kimberly Muller, CU Innovations * SPARK program * Cologuard colon cancer screening * Extreme Science * Vannevar Bush * MIT * Larry Gold CU Boulder | Anschutz * Jerome Fox * Ted Snelgrove * Genomic Health


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