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The Buff Bulletin Board, a listing of campus announcements, is a service of Campus Communications.

 

Volunteers needed for study on CBD and mood health

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development Lab is conducting research on the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on mood and behavior. We are recruiting research participants ages 18–35.

The study includes a few different parts:

  • You will answer short twice-daily surveys for six weeks on your mobile device.
  • You will complete three in-person research visits, each including an interview about life experiences, a set of computer games, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan.
  • You will select and use a CBD product for up to six weeks.

The study takes place over the course of six to eight weeks, and you will be compensated for your participation (maximum of $863–$1,038 for completing all parts of the study).

If you want to learn more, contact the RADD Lab at raddlab@colorado.edu or 303-735-8306, or go to our website to fill out the initial eligibility screening.

Campus building access on the Juneteenth holiday

On Wednesday, June 19, the CU Boulder campus will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, which is a new state holiday this year. Please keep in mind that:

  • Most campus buildings will be closed.
  • Buildings with scheduled events happening on that day will be open to accommodate attendance.
  • Building access will only be available for affiliates with Buff OneCards who have been provisioned for 24/7 access to their respective facilities.

Visit the Campus Building Access page for more information.

Buff Pantry closed starting June 15

The Buff Pantry will be closed starting June 15 due to construction in the basement of the UMC. We understand that many students rely on the Buff Pantry to support their access to food during the summer and apologize for the disruption. The Basic Needs Center will continue to operate with regular summer hours and will be available to help students connect with additional resources during this time.

Seeking volunteers for study on static stretching

Did you know that stretching can impact even the muscles you didn't stretch?

The Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory is conducting a study to evaluate how stretching affects the neuromuscular function of the non-stretched muscles.

We are looking for healthy men between 18 and 55 years, without neurological impairments or recent lower-limb injuries.

The study involves a two-hour visit to our lab on the CU Boulder Main Campus and includes $25 compensation for your time and effort.

If interested, please call 303-875-2516 or email nicholas.toninelli@colorado.edu and reference the stretching study.

Paid online research opportunity: Survey for managers

Calling all managers/supervisors! My research team and I are working on a project to better understand your daily experiences at work. 

For this study, we will ask you to complete three 2-minute surveys a day, for a period of 10 days, as well as a 15-minute baseline survey at the beginning of the 10-day period. 

You will receive monetary compensation for each survey you complete, with a total possible compensation of $70 in Tango gift card credit (to be used at a retailer of your choice, including a Visa or Mastercard prepaid card) for completing this study. See all retail options. 

You will receive $5 for your participation in the baseline survey and an additional $1 for participation in each daily survey (three surveys per day for 10 days) and a $2 bonus for every full day you complete (up to $5 each day). If you complete 80% or more of the daily surveys (24 out of 30), you will receive a $15 bonus (in gift card credit). 

Requirements

  • Full-time working professional 
  • Currently working as a manager with at least one direct report
  • Having daily interactions with their direct report(s) (this can be virtual or in-person)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Located in the United States
  • Able to complete three daily surveys for a period of two work weeks

The daily surveys will be taken once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening over a period of two work weeks in July. 

This opportunity is only available to the first 90 participants who sign up and qualify. Take the first survey to see if you are eligible.

Reach out to Christina Lacerenza at clacerenza@colorado.edu or Rebecca Mitchell at remi2720@colorado.edu if you have additional questions. 

Thank you for your support!

Paid online research opportunity: Maternal communication study

We are writing to invite you to participate in an online language production study conducted via Zoom at a time that is convenient for you. 

The study is open to mothers of 3- to 5-year-old children who are acquiring English as a first language.

You will engage in a task in which you will be shown simple animated actions on a screen (e.g., putting an object on a table) and asked to instruct a hypothetical child or adult listener to perform those actions using props. The total time for the study is 40-45 minutes or less, depending on number of breaks. 

We will send you a $20 Amazon gift card within one to two weeks of study completion (and a $5 gift card even if you complete only part of the study). 

Interested? Contact us at ldclab.boulder@colorado.edu.

Campus treating Japanese knotweed infestation along Boulder Creek Path

On June 13 and 14, Facilities Management Outdoor Services will conduct a targeted application on Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), which has been identified along the Boulder Creek Path between 17th Street and Folsom Street. Work will occur primarily in the area of Grandview Avenue near Athens North and the Athletics Practice Field, as well as closer to Folsom Street. 

Japanese knotweed, which is native to Asia, are bright green, bamboo-like perennial plants that grow 5–16 feet tall. Infestations can clog small waterways and displace native vegetation, increasing bank erosion. Because they can spread and resprout from roots or root fragments, hand pulling is not considered an acceptable treatment methodology by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Japanese knotweed is designated as a “List A” species in the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, and this invasive species is required to be eradicated wherever it is found in the state. 

The applications will occur in the morning before the temperature climbs on June 13 and 14, depending on the weather. The product being used, Vastlan, is a selective post-emergent herbicide with an EPA Reg. No. 62719-687. Guidelines for pesticide use are described generally in the campus Pest Control Policy. Because of the aggressive nature of this particular invasive species, future applications will likely be required, and the area will be monitored for several years.

An outside vendor, Habitat Management Inc., has been hired to conduct the applications based on their demonstrated track record of conducting targeted applications on invasive plant species, along with their current relationship with the city of Boulder for invasive weed control. 

To further ensure the highest standard of health and environmental protection, Facilities Management staff will accompany the contracted applicators to ensure only predetermined locations receive a treatment, applications are stopped during high wind gusts and/or sustained wind events, applications are halted as pedestrians pass by and that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid non-target impacts.

Yellow application notice flags will be placed to indicate where the application was made. Law requires that these flags remain in place for 24 hours after an application has been made. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Bradley, director of Facilities Services.

Join SNAP info session on June 12

Did you know the Basic Needs Center can help you enroll in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)? Drop by this event to learn more about SNAP and set up a time to apply (if eligible).

Submit applications for the University Perspective Program by June 23

Since 1987, the University Perspective Program has developed and deepened the leadership capacity of staff on the CU Boulder campus. Participants gain firsthand knowledge of the university through meetings with senior leaders on the Boulder campus and each of the other three campuses in the CU system as well as the CU system office.

Applications are now open and will be accepted through June 23. Learn more.

Cardiovascular research study volunteers needed

The Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab is looking for volunteers to study the potential health effects of a new type of breathing exercise (a time-efficient type of exercise) on blood pressure, vascular function and cognitive function.

Requirements:

  • Aged 50-plus years
  • Systolic blood pressure (top number) ≥ 115 mmHg
  • Willing to exercise up to 25 minutes per day, six days a week, for a three-month period

Benefits include:

  • Detailed blood panel (cholesterol, glucose, etc.)
  • Physician-monitored exercise stress test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Bone mineral density test
  • Monetary compensation for time

If interested, email IMSTstudy@colorado.edu or call 303-492-2485.

Grad students graduating this summer: Don’t forget to apply for graduation by June 15

Graduate students, mark your calendars for these approaching graduation deadlines for summer 2024.

June 14

​Master's students must submit to the Graduate School a candidacy application for an advanced degree. Applications follow a workflow process and must be approved by the academic department before they are directed to the Graduate School.

June 15

Graduate students who have not already done so must apply online to graduate through Buff Portal on the “apply for graduation” card in order to have the degree awarded in August. This is required even though there is no university-wide ceremony. Doctoral students must enter their dissertation title as part of the online graduation application; you may update the title through the portal until this date. This title will appear on your transcript after your degree is awarded. 

University Libraries to close June 7 for in-service day

The Business Library; Earth Sciences & Map Library; Engineering, Math & Physics Library (already closed for renovation); Music Library and Norlin Library will close for an employee in-service day on Friday, June 7. Access to physical collections, study spaces and research services will be temporarily unavailable.

Regular summer hours of operation will resume on Saturday, June 8. Get more details.

Participate in website research, receive $25 Amazon gift card

Undergraduate seniors are invited to participate in a usability test for the CU Boulder website.

Testing details

  • May 27–June 5
  • Conducted remotely via Zoom
  • 30-minute moderated testing session

Participant requirements

  • Will be a CU Boulder undergraduate senior in the 2024–25 school year
  • Does not work in the Strategic Relations and Communications department at CU Boulder
  • Does not have a close family member that recently (within the past five years) graduated from CU Boulder
  • Must have access to a laptop with Zoom installed 

Participants will be compensated with a $25 Amazon gift card. 

If you are interested in participating, fill out the interest form. If you meet the criteria needed for the test, a staff member will reach out to you to schedule your testing session. 

Grad students: Join the academic job search seminar series

Starting June 3, this four-week virtual seminar is aimed at third- or fourth-year graduate students who are planning to be on the academic job market this application cycle or next, or early-career graduate students who want a thorough understanding of what comprises the academic job dossier.

Grad students are encouraged to attend all four sessions as each week builds upon the last, but each week’s educational content portion may be attended as a standalone workshop. Grad students can sign up on Handshake.

June 3 (Week 1): The Academic Job Market Overview and Strategy
June 10 (Week 2): CVs – Writing the Basic Eight Sections and Beyond
June 17 (Week 3): The Job Letter and the Diversity Statement
June 24 (Week 4): Research and Teaching Statements and the Academic Interview