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Fracking a key issue in upcoming senate primary, according to Karen Breslin

Oct. 10, 2019

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently abandoned his long-shot bid for the White House to enter the Democratic primary for one of Colorado’s US senate seat in 2020. Combating climate change and preserving the environment is a top issue for Democratic voters — especially progressives. “Fracking activists have dubbed Hickenlooper...

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Esther Sullivan active in recent politics and journalism surrounding mobile homes

Sept. 25, 2019

“This move on Aurora’s part is incredible. I haven’t seen this happen anywhere. So this is a huge move,” Esther Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, said after Aurora City Council members recently approved a 10-month moratorium on redeveloping mobile home parks in the city, along with a task force to...

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Kevin Masters comments on “thoughts and prayers’” place in disasters

Sept. 25, 2019

Few gestures are given as freely as thoughts and prayers after a national tragedy. In 2006, Psychology Professor Kevin Masters and his colleagues analyzed the body of research on the effects of prayer on someone’s behalf. “This article raises an interesting point — some people, maybe, just don’t want your...

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English department’s new podcast a literary palate cleanser

Sept. 25, 2019

The first episode of the English Department and recent MA Alum Nathalia Velez Ryan’s new podcast CultureKlatsch discusses Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and is now available on Soundcloud and Spotify . Associate Professor of English Teague Bohlen recommends you give it a try if you’ve had your fill of...

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Amy Hasinoff looks at how child pornography laws are applied to sexting

Sept. 10, 2019

“There is a lot of strong anecdotal evidence that child pornography laws work the same way all of our other laws do, which is they’re disproportionately applied to people of color,” said Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communication. “They’re disproportionately applied to kids in foster care, because they’re under more...

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Rudi Hartmann addresses the ski industry on climate change

Sept. 10, 2019

Moderator Rudi Hartmann, Clinical Professor (C/T) in Geography and Environmental Sciences, will review ski resorts’ response to the parched seasons of 1976-77 and 1980-81. Through the Lens presentations feature notable scientists, athletes, and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado’s rich snow sports heritage. The...

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Gas prices town-to-town rely on the supply chain, according to Andrew Friedson

Sept. 10, 2019

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics, said that if Durango has greater demand for gasoline and the supply chain is the same in both towns, Durango should have higher gas prices. Friedson suspects supply differences explain why Durango sees lower gas prices. “If you only have two companies competing in...

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John Tinnell argues for improvement of the scooter situation in Denver

Aug. 27, 2019

John Tinnell, Associate English Professor and Director of Digital Initiatives, has urged caution in allowing private companies to capitalize on public space. At a recent forum, he asked the city to publish more detailed information about each scooter company’s record. “We need to start pitting scooter companies against one another...

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The dangers and costs of rebuilding homes in fire-prone areas, according to Gregory Simon

Aug. 27, 2019

The prospect of additional tax revenue is a common incentive for cities to approve more housing in fire-prone areas, according to Gregory Simon, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences. “Why does fire rage on and become so costly and injurious and even deadly? That’s almost always a social thing,”...

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The role of genetic and social factors in alcoholism, according to Amy Wachholtz

Aug. 13, 2019

Genetics make people more prone to alcohol addiction, but psycho-social factors — including life stressors, childhood abuse, early exposure to alcohol, anxiety and social acceptance — also play a role, says Amy Wachholtz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. program. A person’s genetics might...

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