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Kids Are Healthier in School Writes Jennifer Reich

July 22, 2020

Because social distancing is one of the most effective ways to limit the spread of coronavirus, it seems promoting “health and safety” would require limiting kids’ time in school. However, allowing kids only partial access to education, as many districts across the country are currently proposing, does not support children’s...

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Kevin Masters on the Difficulties in Studying Prayers’ Role in Health

July 22, 2020

Studying prayer is challenging for several reasons, according to Psychology Professor Kevin Masters. "Science is about testing observable relationships, processes and mechanisms," Masters said. "But almost by definition, prayer, as operationalized in these studies, invokes involvement of God or a higher being, something outside the boundaries of natural phenomenon, which...

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Not Letting International Students in the US is a Problem according to Philip Luck

July 22, 2020

In the midst of fluctuating regulations, Assistant Economics Professor Philip Luck speculated that if some international students won't be allowed in the US they could have issues with Internet access and censorship and won't be able to connect with peers. "It’s not as though you can just say, 'Oh, well...

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Data Shows Protests Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spikes says Andrew Friedson

July 22, 2020

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics, is an author of the recent study, " Black Lives Matter Protests, Social Distancing, and COVID-19 ,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research . Using data from Black Lives Matters protests across 315 of America's largest cities, the study found "no evidence"...

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Brian Buma Ventures to the World’s Southernmost Tree

July 22, 2020

“This is it,” says Brian Buma, Integrative Biology Assistant Professor. He’s draped head to toe in orange and black rain gear. Straddling hummocks, he re-checks his compass and mutters “cool.” Few things in the natural world can be identified as the true end, the last of a kind, the edge,...

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Michael Berry Weighs in on the Colorado Senate Race

July 22, 2020

"Regardless of who wins the Democratic primary this week, I would totally expect the Democratic nominee to be a strong favorite against Gardner," said Michael Berry, Associate Professor of Political Science. "It's difficult to see a scenario where Gardner is able to overcome the unpopularity of Donald Trump in Colorado...

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Amy Wachholtz Offers New Research into Spiritual Meditation

June 18, 2020

Some scientists who study prayer believe that people who pray benefit from a feeling of emotional support. Imagine carrying a backpack hour after hour. It will start to feel impossibly heavy. But if you can hand it off to someone else to hold for a while, it will feel lighter...

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Op-eds from Brenden Beck on Defunding Police Departments

June 18, 2020

"What can Denver’s recent history of police spending and crime reveal about our current moment and where to go next? I looked at budget information , crime data and recent academic research to find out," writes Brenden Beck, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Op-Ed: Why Now Is the Time to Reduce...

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jimi adams on Colorado COVID-19 Research Team Analyzing Stay-at-Home Data

June 18, 2020

People in Colorado did not stray far from home during the governor’s stay-at-home order, according to cellphone mobility data analyzed by a group of COVID-19 modeling researchers that includes Health and Behavioral Science Associate Professor jimi adams. “We aren’t trying to predict the future, what we’re trying to do is...

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Sarah Horton on COVID-19 Response Issues for Undocumented Populations

May 14, 2020

Sarah Horton, Associate Professor of Anthropology, weighs in on why public officials must open state and county emergency rental assistance funds to all residents, regardless of legal status. Guest Post: Provide Colorado's immigrant families rental relief Colorado Independent , May 1 She also writes that the federal stimulus payment program...