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Esther Sullivan illuminates the slow recovery from last year’s California fires

Nov. 20, 2019

For victims of the Woolsey fire, recovery has been agonizingly slow. The blaze charred 151 square miles and 1,600 structures when it ripped through Malibu, California, the Santa Monica Mountains and eastern Ventura County a year ago, consuming mobile homes and movie star mansions in what would become one of...

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Gabriel Finkelstein champions the memory of Emil du Bois-Reymond

Nov. 20, 2019

Gabriel Finkelstein, Associate Professor of History, recently published an essay commissioned by The MIT Press to commemorate the 201st birthday of Emil du Bois-Reymond, who proclaimed the mystery of consciousness, championed the theory of natural selection, and revolutionized the study of the nervous system. Today he is all but forgotten...

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California is burning and Gregory Simon knows why

Nov. 5, 2019

This episode of the One Planet series, by San Francisco public radio 91.7FM, explores the causes and effects of the dozens of fires across the state of California over the past few weeks. Gregory Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (and the author of Flame...

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Tom Noel weighs in on Coors leaving Colorado

Nov. 5, 2019

With the move of Molson Coors’ corporate operations to Chicago, Colorado isn’t just losing high-paying jobs. Part of the state’s corporate identity is being stripped away, and its biggest foothold in the consumer goods market has slipped away. “Coors has been the state’s best known, best-selling brand,” said History Professor...

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Amanda Weaver is excited about the next generation of agriculture

Oct. 23, 2019

Speakers at the Colorado Proud “Next Generation of Ag” symposium said technology, new partnerships, the growing demand for locally grown food, and hands-on education programs in schools are fueling enthusiasm. “It’s a little bit like the wild West right now, which is really exciting. There’s just so much innovation and...

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New research from Maren Scull sheds light on sugaring

Oct. 23, 2019

Sugaring or “mutually beneficial” relationships are not new, but they “have gained increasing attention in the United States over the past decade,” says Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track, and Undergraduate Advisor to the Department of Sociology, Maren Scull. Scull attributes the rise to the increase in sugar daddy matching websites,...

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Tony Robinson’s research reveals shelter beds go empty for logistical reasons

Oct. 23, 2019

“There aren’t enough (shelter) beds for the people who need them,” Tony Robinson, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, said in response to a chart the city’s lawyer presented showing Denver’s shelters have consistently had empty beds over the last few years. Robinson, who has directed surveys of hundreds...

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Michael Cummings argues give younger people the right to vote

Oct. 23, 2019

It’s undemocratic to exclude young people from the vote, argues Emeritus Political Science Professor Michael Cummings. "In a democracy, the citizens should have a right to vote because public policy affects them," Cummings told Mic . "In a democracy, we don't say, 'How smart are you? Oh you're pretty smart,...

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Brian Buma weighs in on local fire dynamics and Alaskan logging

Oct. 23, 2019

“Logging not only reduces the forest’s ability to store carbon and the number of trees, it disrupts the soil badly,” Brian Buma, Integrative Biology Assistant Professor, recently told VICE News in a conversation about Alaska. He also recently spoke about the effects of wildfires locally, saying “The problem is, we...

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Andrew Friedson considers “total employment” impacts on inflation

Oct. 10, 2019

The state is basically at total employment, which is generally good. However, “unemployment is low enough that economists are going to keep a very close eye on inflation numbers,” said Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics. Colorado unemployment flirts with an all-time low, again Colorado Public Radio, Sept 20

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