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 U.S. News & World Report has taken notice of Colorado State University’s massive investments in infrastructure and student success, boosting Colorado’s land-grant university three spots in its annual rankings. U.S. News noted in its summary that CSU is considered “one of the leading research universities, and faculty and students work together to explore fields such as atmospheric science, infectious diseases, clean energy technologies and environmental science.”

CSU is No. 58 among public universities in the 2018 U.S. News & Report Best Colleges rankings and has climbed nine spots since 2012. CSU has invested $1.4 billion in campus infrastructure in this decade, including new teaching and research facilities such as chemistry research, biology, behavioral sciences and the Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building. Projects underway include the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute, Michael Smith Natural Resources Building, Richardson Design Center, and the Global Food Innovation Center in honor of Gary and Kay Smith.

Dan Powers
August 2nd, 2018

The UCAR Center for Science Education's Field Guide to Clouds is a portable guidebook to identifying clouds.  Learn about the different clouds in the sky, including how they form, how they get their names, and what they can tell you about the weather.  Test your cloud knowledge with quizzes and share photos of interesting clouds you find on social media.

Download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

CU Boulder's earth science and atmospheric science disciplines both ranked No. 1 overall among world universities in the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS), which was published today. The university also scored highly in a dozen other academic categories, highlighting the breadth of impactful CU Boulder research.

The annual ranking, which has been published since 2009, includes over 1,600 universities from 83 countries scored across 54 academic subject categories. This year marks the first time that CU Boulder has ranked first overall in any category, with its earth science program rising from No. 3 overall in 2017 and its atmospheric science program debuting at No. 1 overall in a brand new stand-alone category.

Adam Savage will be the Colorado School of Mines 2018 Homecoming Distinguished Lecturer on Thursday, September 27.

Savage, an internationally renowned television producer, is best known for his role as the former co-host of the popular television show Mythbusters with Jamie Hyneman. Mythbusters produced more than 250 episodes that aired in more than 100 countries. The program tackled over 1,000 myths and performed nearly 3,000 experiments.

Savage has also worked as a graphic designer, robot builder, welder, machinist, toy maker and a variety of other jobs. He has written for Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine, among others. Savage is an honorary lifetime member of the National Science Teachers Association, an honorary member of Sigma Xi and was presented with an honorary doctorate from the Universiteit Twente in the Netherlands for his role in popularizing science and technology. Read his full biography below.

What in the world is geodesy? Geodesy is the study of Earth’s shape, gravity field, and rotation. Geodetic research defines the terrestrial reference frame. Geodetic techniques are used to quantify changes in the Earth’s surface and subsurface; ice sheets and glaciers; and oceans and atmosphere. Geodesy’s broader benefits include help with preparedness and mitigation of hazards and foundational support for space-based operations, navigation, communications, surveying, resource management, and national security. 

The UNAVCO consortium consists of more than 100 US Full Members and over 80 Associate Members (domestic and international). Through their Geodetic Infrastructure and Geodetic Data Services Programs, UNAVCO operates and supports geodetic networks, geophysical and meteorological instruments, a free and open data archive, software tools for data access and processing, cyberinfrastructure management, technological developments, technical support, and geophysical training. The UNAVCO Education and Community Engagement Program provides educational materials, tools and resources for students, teachers, university faculty and the general public. They also provide summer internship experiences for undergraduate students interested in careers in geodesy and geosciences through our RESESS program.