UNC Faculty Provide Expertise, Student Involvement in Local Environmental Efforts
April 9, 2021 — Community involvement runs deep at UNC where campus community members are often involved in volunteering efforts and more. Four UNC faculty members share current efforts that they are involved in as well as how they involve their students:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards UNC Grant to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Dairy and Beef Cows
February 8, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded UNC a four-year, $500,000 grant to improve pregnancy outcomes in dairy and beef cows.
UNC Expert: Wildfires to Become More Common with Longer Seasons
November 3, 2020 — Experts aren’t surprised that devastating wildfires events are occurring, including Scott Franklin, Ph.D., a professor of Biology at UNC. Franklin said that a combination of bark beetles damaging trees, drier and warmer weather events and vast availability of fuel from wood debris has created the perfect storm this fire season.
Researchers Improve Bail Risk Assessment Tool in Colorado
September 25, 2020 — Over a period of more than two years, two UNC faculty members have reviewed the Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool for accuracy when determining risk of new arrest or failing to appear in court for arrested individuals that have posted bond. They discovered room for improvement, resulting in the new Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool-Revised.
Research Indicates Emergence of COVID-19 Spatial Patterns in Colorado
September 8, 2020 — GIS tools were used to investigate the geography of COVID-19 pandemic across Colorado counties, and findings were was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Publish Health over the summer.
Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Study Digital Screening Intervention Tool for Adolescents and Young Adults
August 26, 2020 — The Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $1 million grant to collaborate on the project with cliexa, a digital health technology company based in Denver.
Graduate Student Working on Grant-Funded Research with Boulder
July 21, 2020 — An incoming University of Northern Colorado graduate student is hoping to help one Colorado city better maintain its trails and open spaces so people can continue to enjoy the outdoors.
Students Ventured Out to Observe Rivers for Class
May 26, 2020 — Students in Sharon Bywater-Reyes’, Ph.D., Geomorphology course made observations of rivers accessible to them during Colorado’s Stay-at-Home order, which were then compiled into a Map Tour online, using ESRI’s mapping tool.
Seeing the Silver Lining
May 8, 2020 — A recent Ph.D. student shares his thoughts about UNC and describes how he felt about defending his dissertation online.
GIS Mapping Visualizes Real-Time Data on Coronavirus Outbreak
April 3, 2020 — A number of organizations are producing interactive maps to help people visualize real-time data on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, and to help track those cases to show the bigger picture of the pandemic.
UNC Researcher Questions Theory of Bats Spreading Coronavirus
April 1, 2020 — One of the most misunderstood animals on Earth, bats are one of several animals that have been blamed as a possible source for the coronavirus. UNC bat expert Rick Adams weighs in.
With Rise in Food Allergies, UNC Responds with Research, Dining Options
March 2, 2020 — Each semester at UNC, over 50 new students who have food allergies work with Matthew Doyle, the assistant director for board operations and registered dietitian at UNC. What's the cause for the rise of food allergies and how has UNC responded?
UNC Snake Expert: Not Enough Evidence to Say Coronavirus Spreads to Humans from Snakes
January 24, 2020 — A new study published by researchers in China suggests that the origins of the coronavirus outbreak is due to contact with snakes. However, many researchers are skeptical of these findings including renowned snake-venom expert Steve Mackessy.
UNC Professor Contributes to National Report to Improve Teaching, Learning
January 16, 2020 — University of Northern Colorado Professor Robyn Hess contributed to a recently published national report that provides educators with the top research-backed psychological principles to use for enhancing classroom teaching and learning, particularly in the early grades.
UNC Researcher Joins $1-Million Funded Project to Update K-12 Threat-Assessment Tool
October 30, 2019 — UNC Professor Sarah Goodrum is a co-principal investigator on a nearly $1 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to evaluate the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s threat-assessment tool to prevent school violence.
Augmented-Reality Sandbox to Help Students Learn About Earth Sciences
September 18, 2019 — UNC has created a sandbox for students, but it’s not your normal, everyday sandbox — it uses augmented reality with the use of an Xbox 360 Kinetic sensor, projector and software to bring the sand to life.
Examining the Link Between Housing and Mental Health in Colorado
July 22, 2019 — Finding affordable housing in Colorado continues to make headlines and cause headaches for those who live in the state; however, a UNC researcher is investigating affordable housing and physical and mental health issues using GIS-mapping techniques.
Slideshow: Unique UNC Artifacts Found on eBay
July 3, 2019 — Faculty and staff in University Libraries routinely search the online auction site eBay for rare university finds to add to the archives of historical UNC artifacts.
Up, Up and Away: UNC Students Launch 3D-Printed Vessel into the Atmosphere
May 10, 2019 — UNC Physics and Astronomy recent graduate Rydell Stottlemyer holds onto a payload, a box covered with aluminized mylar and filled with sensors, as it’s being connected to a huge weather balloon. This payload was developed by her and fellow, recent graduate Brian Smith.
CDHE Executive Director Tours Campus
March 21, 2019 — UNC welcomed Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, for a campus visit Wednesday. She joined President Andy Feinstein on a tour and met students, faculty and staff at cultural centers and in academic areas.
UNC Receives Grant to Study Benefits of Kefir for Cancer Patients
February 26, 2019 — Earlier this year, uBiome awarded a $7,000 grant to researchers at UNC's Cancer Rehabilitation Institute to understand how kefir impacts the microbiome of cancer survivors who underwent chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.
Fall 2018 Research Evening Award Winners
January 4, 2019 — Research Evening provides UNC graduate students the opportunity to present their projects from research classes. Participating graduate students are also eligible for the Hutchinson-Lahman Research Award.
Physics Undergraduate Receives Grant to Study Nanotechnologies
December 3, 2018 — UNC student Jacob Fry received over $1,000 in grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research to compare the chemical make-up of shark teeth using two nanotechnologies as well as to develop lab curriculum on these technologies.
Volleyball Team Improves their Game with Biomechanics Technology
November 19, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado’s volleyball team is gaining insights on how to improve their off-season training programs with the assistance of the Biomechanics Lab's three-dimensional motion-capture technology.
Grant Awarded for Zebrafish Eye Development Research
October 1, 2018 — UNC Assistant Professor of Biology Andrea James received the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant to fund her research on zebrafish eye development.
Slither Into the World of Snake Venom Research
September 7, 2018 — In this podcast, UNC Professor of Biology Steve Mackessy, Ph.D., goes into more detail about how he became interested in snake venom, his published and future research and other slithery topics.
Strengthening National Defense with Better Nutrition
September 6, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado’s Army ROTC program is receiving diet and nutrition support from the UNC Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Headed by Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Katie Kage, Ph.D., UNC is at the forefront of undertaking such a project nationwide.
How UNC Researchers are Studying Cannabis
August 23, 2018 — This video series highlights how UNC researchers from various departments and colleges are studying legal cannabis in the areas of recreation and leisure, tax laws, biometrics and many others.
UNC Professor Selected for Antarctic Expedition
August 23, 2018 — Meteorology Professor Cindy Shellito, Ph.D., has been selected to join an international group of 80 female scientists on a three-week expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, Dec. 31, is part of a global initiative called Homeward Bound. The project aims to elevate the status of women in science and empower them to take a leadership role in issues related to climate change and sustainability.
UNC Associate Professor's Research on Dust Influences on Thunderstorms Published
August 15, 2018 — UNC Associate Professor of Meteorology David Lerach, Ph.D., studies the influence that dust has on tornadic thunderstorms using a high-resolution computer model.
Steve Anderson Answers Questions on Kilauea and Future Research
June 4, 2018 — Volcanologist Steve Anderson knows volcanoes and is especially familiar with the ongoing Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. He answers some questions about recent developments with Kilauea, his love of volcanoes and future volcano research plans.
Professor Gives Update on Hawaii Volcano Eruption in Interview
May 16, 2018 — Last week, volcanologist Steve Anderson, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science at UNC, was interviewed by Discovery Channel's Daily Planet magazine about his research on the erupting Hawaii Kilauea volcano.
UNC Researcher Earns Fulbright Scholar Grant to Nicaragua
April 25, 2018 — University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor Sarah Romano has earned a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar grant to further study water management in rural areas of Nicaragua, where over 2.5 million people reside and are particularly vulnerable in a country susceptible to extreme climate conditions.
UNC Scientist: Female Birds Sing, Too; Help Her Record More Instances
March 14, 2018 — When North American ornithologists hear a bird singing, they’re likely to assume it’s a male. But in many species, the females sing too — and a new commentary co-authored by University of Northern Colorado’s Lauryn Benedict argues that a better understanding of these unappreciated female songs could lead to advances in many aspects of bird biology. Benedict and co-author Karan Odom of Cornell University urge their colleagues to spread the word that female birds sing, to share resources, and to disseminate their findings. You don’t need to be a professional ornithologist in order to help expand knowledge of female song, either — Odom has created a website where any birdwatcher can upload their observations.
UNC One of Two Universities Selected to Partner on National Collaborative
January 26, 2018 — The University of Northern Colorado has been selected as one of two partner universities in the Active Schools national collaborative to address physical inactivity and obesity among youth.
UNC Faculty Author Writes Book on Embracing Culture Shock to Bridge Divides
January 12, 2018 — Contemplative anthropologist and mindfulness teacher Michael J. Kimball has a new book for people who want to bridge cultural divides. It’s called Ethnowise: Embracing Culture Shock to Build Resilience, Responsiveness & Connection.
UNC Group Joins Multi-University Effort to Establish Hearing Conservation Program in Guatemala
January 10, 2018 — A group of faculty and students led by University of Northern Colorado Professor Deanna Meinke implemented a hearing conservation program at a sugar mill in Guatemala last month.
UNC Researcher’s Winning Bat Photo Takes Internet by Storm
October 10, 2017 — A stunning image of a bat fetus produced by University of Northern Colorado Professor Rick Adams is circulating widely online after placing 15th out of 2,000 entries submitted from 88 countries in Nikon’s annual Small World contest.
Watch: UNC Student Detector Takes Flight During Eclipse
August 22, 2017 — A device created by UNC students to measure particles in the upper atmosphere went up in a NASA weather balloon during Monday's solar eclipse. Watch the launch, captured in video above by Assistant Professor Charles Kuehn, that took place in Camp Guernsey in southeastern Wyoming.
UNC Biology Class, BLM Partner to Protect Endangered Plants
July 25, 2017 — University of Northern Colorado students last week worked alongside Bureau of Land Management botanist Carol Dawson to collect data aimed at protecting two endangered plants: Osterhout's Milkvetch and Fenland's Beardtongue.
Study Led by UNC Researcher Shows Post-Exercise Benefits of Dairy Supplement for Cancer Survivors
July 13, 2017 — "Kefir may be a great way for cancer survivors to enjoy a post-exercise dairy drink in the future," said lead investigator Laura K. Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado, School of Sport and Exercise Science.
The Next Chapter of Moneyball
June 23, 2017 — UNC professor offers his sports-science research to Major League Baseball to help project the next great player