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


Participants needed for neurophysiology research

The Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory, located on the CU Boulder Main Campus, is conducting a study to evaluate the influence of light electric al stimulation on walking capabilities. 

Subject requirements:

  • 40–65 years of age
  • Free from neurological impairments
  • No recent lower body injuries
  • Able to walk for 6 minutes unaided

The study will involve two visits (~1.5 hours each). We will apply mild electrical stimulation (TENS device) to your legs and assess your walking capabilities. Participants will be paid $50 at the end of the second session. 

If interested, please contact Joey Carzoli and joseph.carzoli@colorado.edu or 303-492-4975. 

Remote physics camp for teens

Physics Playground, a physics learning game developed by Florida State University and CU Boulder, is hosting a free three-day virtual camp for ages 14–18. The camp is 100% online. 

  • Learn physics from gameplay
  • Create game levels and share with others
  • Meet and make new friends
  • Compete in the game to win prizes

Campers will meet over Zoom for about 2.5 hours a day for three days in a row. Students who complete the camp will receive a certificate of completion and the chance to win various prizes throughout the three days. The next camps start on Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, and we also have September dates available based on interest.

Space is limited, so apply now. For more information about the camp, contact Ginny Smith at ginnyl.smith@gmail.com.

Fall piano lessons for children and teens

The CU Youth Piano Program has opened the registration period for piano lessons for the fall 2020. This fall, all lessons will be conducted online. 

The program offers two options for fall lessons:

Regular lessons

  • 14 lessons with experienced graduate teachers
  • Options of 30, 45 or 60 minutes per week
  • Lessons start after Aug. 24
  • All levels of experience welcome
  • Ages 6–18

Learn more or pre-register.

Lessons with a Piano Pedagogy intern

  • 9 lessons with an undergraduate students (junior or senior) taking piano pedagogy courses
  • Up to 45 minutes per week, depending on age
  • Deeply discounted rate
  • Lessons are supervised by faculty in the Piano Pedagogy department at CU 
  • Lessons start after Sept. 7
  • Ages 7–18
  • Only for absolute beginners
  • Lessons will be video recorded to provide feedback to instructors
  • Limited spaces  

For information, contact alejandro.cremaschi@colorado.edu.

Piano lessons for absolute beginner adults this fall

Take piano lessons with an undergraduate piano intern this fall! These lessons are for adult students, staff or faculty who are absolute beginners at the piano instruction (no exceptions).

The instructors are undergraduate piano majors in their junior or senior year. No university credit. Professor Alejandro Cremaschi supervises the interns.

Because of COVID-19 limitations, all lessons will happen online. You must have a piano or keyboard.

Get more information.

July deadlines for grad students

Grad students: Get up to speed on approaching academic deadlines.

July 28: PhD dissertation approval form due

PhD students must submit the dissertation with Thesis Approval Form by this deadline. The dissertation must be submitted and approved electronically by the end of the business day. The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) must be uploaded as a supplemental file with the dissertation in order for the submission to be complete. Students whose dissertations are received after this deadline, or those not submitted with the TAF, must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.

July 28: Survey due for PhD, DMA students

PhD and DMA students must fill out the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) online by this deadline. Additional information about the survey can be found here.

July 28: Master’s thesis defense due

Master's students must complete the thesis defense or final examination by this date. Notice of the examination must be provided to the Graduate School by your academic unit two weeks before the exam on an examination report form. Certain units do not require an exam for non-thesis students. Please contact your department with any questions.

Aug. 4: Master’s thesis approval form due

Master's thesis plan students must submit the thesis and Thesis Approval Form by this deadline. The thesis must be submitted and approved electronically by the end of the business day. The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) must be uploaded as a supplemental file with the thesis in order for the submission to be complete. Students whose theses are received after this deadline, or those not submitted with the TAF, must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.

The CASE Study is seeking male survey respondents

Dr. Novick’s team at the University of Colorado is looking for men to participate in a study of how biological sex and sex hormones, like testosterone or estrogen, may influence stress, mood, social relationships and perceptions during these unusual times. The survey is online and includes questions about your health, mood, relationships and history. The study takes about 30 minutes to complete and can be done at any time.

Upon completing the study, you will have the option of entering a lottery with a 1/15 chance of winning $50 via your choice of an Amazon or Target e-gift card.

You may be eligible to participate if:
• You are a man
• You are 18-40 years old
• You do not have children
• You are generally healthy

Learn more or see if you qualify, or email anna.belyavskaya@cuanschutz.edu if you have any questions.

This research study has been approved by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB #20-1583).

Pregnant? You're not alone

The Boulder Pregnancy Resource Center supports and empowers women facing an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy with confidential, compassionate help, professional medical care and accurate information.

If you think you might be pregnant, you are never alone! We are here to help you with all your options in making a healthy informed decision. All our services are free of charge.

Earn money, contribute to science, get a picture of your brain!

The Intermountain Neuorimaging Consortium (INC) is a brain imaging research facility in the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU Boulder. We use MRI scans to study how the brain works and how the brain changes across the lifespan. We currently have six to seven studies that are looking for participants from a range of ages across the Denver metro area. 

If you have always wanted to see what your brain looks like or would simply like to contribute to neuroscience research in Colorado, please see our website for more details on specific studies that are currently recruiting participants.

Join the Sko Together Challenge to help recreate campus life at CU Boulder

This summer, in partnership with the Research and Innovation Office’s (RIO) Innovation and Entrepreneurship team and Community Engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences, the ASSETT (Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology) Innovation Incubator hired a team of three undergraduate student interns to design and launch a campuswide student challenge to tackle the question: How might we creatively use our resources to support meaningful connections within our campus community while physically distancing? 

The Sko Together Challenge invites CU Boulder students to imagine ways that they can have a connected campus community experience no matter how we are living, learning and working through a pandemic. This virtual challenge is designed for students, by students.

The challenge will take place from July 26 to Aug. 2, and students submitting top ideas will be awarded with funding and mentorship to develop their campus connection concepts throughout fall 2020.

It’s no secret CU will look much different this year. So how can we recreate campus life while physically distanced in 2020? Registration officially begins on July 20, but early registration has already begun! Register now to make your voices heard and become a part of the solution!

Follow @skotogetherchallenge on Instagram and Twitter to learn more. 

Are you working night shifts? Join paid study

We are seeking participants for a study of how shift work impacts your physical health. We will examine the amount of energy you expend and changes in blood sugar and insulin.

Am I eligible? You are eligible to participant in this research study if you: 

  • Are a healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 45
  • Working at least four night shifts per month and working full time (equal to or greater than 35 hours per week)
  • No illicit drug use
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • No children in the home under 1 year old
  • Free of neurological or medical condition, like Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease

What does my participation entail? This two-week study requires two visits to our Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) on the Main Campus at Ramaley Biology Building, Boulder, CO 80309. The study will involve a physical health assessment (including blood draws), questionnaires, repeated urine sample collection, wearable sensors, a daily log and use of a mobile app.

We follow all recommended CDC, state, and university safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Will I get paid? You will be compensated $200 for your participation.

What are the next steps? Please fill out a brief survey to see if you qualify!  
Have a question? Please contact us at pathways-study@colorado.edu.

Struggling with COVID anxiety? Worried about health or relationship problems? Feeling down, hopeless?

Affordable teletherapy is available through CU Boulder’s Raimy Psychology Clinic, for individuals residing in Colorado. Sessions are held through the videoconferencing platform Zoom.

Raimy Clinic therapists can provide help coping with stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and other difficulties during this very challenging time! Special low rates are available for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.

For more information, call our intake line, Julia Salinger at 303-492-5177; email raimy@colorado.edu; or visit our website.

Paid study for individuals with chronic kidney disease

The Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab at the CU Boulder campus is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research study. We are looking for women and men with mild to moderate chronic kidney disease, ages 30-80, who are willing to consume one dose (approximately one-third of a cup) of beetroot juice every day for approximately three months. Benefits for volunteers include: cardiovascular health assessment, VO2max test, body composition, blood chemistry tests and compensation for time.

For more information, please email beetrootstudy@colorado.edu, or call 303-735-6410.

Fiscal certification and assessment process begins

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Officers, fiscal principals and principal investigators: The annual fiscal certification process is designed to certify the accuracy of the university’s financial statements and the effectiveness of its internal controls. The period covered by the fiscal certification process is the university’s fiscal year 2020, which ran from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Please complete your fiscal assessment by the due date you were assigned in the July 6 email.

Questions? Visit the campus controller's website or contact Jennifer Carter at jennifercarter@colorado.edu.