Buff Bulletin Board

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


Paid study on understanding the emotions of others

Interested in your moods and brain? Participate in a paid neuroimaging study to understand your own emotions and the emotions of others on the CU Boulder campus in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (IRB# 17-0358).

Earn between $15 and $25 per hour to participate in studies involving answering questions about your thoughts and feelings, watching brief videos, playing computer games and having an MRI brain scan taken. Study includes up to three separate visits (first is 4–5 hours, second is 3 hours, third is 1–2 hours). Option for additional paid follow-ups.

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 55 years old and either have:

  • Diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  • History of depression
  • No history of mental health conditions

Please fill out a brief survey to apply.

If you have questions, please contact us: gruberpeplab@colorado.edu or 303-735-7547.

CU Transportation Services offering defensive driving training Feb. 13

The National Safety Council (NSC) defensive driving course, offered by CU Transportation Services, is recognized for its leading edge curriculum, defensive driving strategies, hazard recognition exercises and learner retention strategies.

This 4-hour in-person instructor-led course, taught on location at the CU Boulder East Campus Transportation Services center by an NSC certified instructor, provides the primary knowledge and skills for defensive driving and describes techniques for avoiding high-risk driving behaviors. Participants will learn that the right attitude can prevent collisions and understand the consequences of poor decision-making.

All faculty, staff and student employees on campus are encouraged to attend. If you attempt to register for the Feb. 13 class and it is full, you will be added to the waitlist and automatically notified if a spot becomes available. Conversely, a minimum of three registrants is required for class to be held, and if at least three people do not sign up, registrants will be notified of class cancellation and accommodated with a future class date.

Pre-registration for this course is required. Register and get information about future sessions.

If you go

Who: Students, faculty, staff
What: National Safety Council defensive driving course
When: Wed. Feb. 13, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Transportation Center, 3205 Marine St., Boulder

Hourly metered parking is available along Marine Street. Cost for meters is $2/hour payable by credit card or coins. Parking payment meters and zones are enforced 24/7.

Class fee is $125 payable only via campus Speedtype or check made out to “The Regents of the University of Colorado” (sorry no credit cards accepted for this session).

Participate in a research study on resilience

Do you want to participate in a study about cognition, emotions and resilience? Are you a teen ages 15–19? Or do you know a teen who may be interested?

At the Research on Affective Disorders and Development (RADD) Laboratory, we are interested in understanding how certain cognitive abilities, such as being able to pay attention or learn actions that help you achieve goals, may help teenagers to cope with stress and stay healthy.

This is a two-year study. Over the course of the study, you will have two study visits at our laboratory in Boulder, each lasting about five hours. During these visits you will be interviewed about your life experiences; you will complete some computer games that involve paying attention and learning; you will have a neuroimaging scan while you either rest quietly or play computer games; and you will answer a set of surveys on a computer.

Also as part of the study, you will complete a set of online surveys and a brief telephone interview once every six months (five times total during the two-year study participation). At the end of the study, you will have a final telephone interview, lasting about two hours.

You can earn up to $750 for your time and effort completing the study.

To learn more, you or your parent/legal guardian (if you are age 17 or younger) can visit our website at www.raddlab.com, contact our lab directly at 303-735-8306 or email us at raddlab@colorado.edu.

Engineering Teaching and Learning Program hiring a program assistant

The program assistant serves both the Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) and Engineering Plus (e+) programs and teams, providing prompt, polite resolution of engineering student, faculty and staff inquiries. 

Customer service is a key responsibility of the position and includes: student, staff and faculty service; problem assessment and solution; administrative support; survey processing; and financial processing and reporting. This position also serves as the ITL Laboratory building proctor, handling facility and equipment maintenance; facility scheduling and general program support. 

The Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) Program and Laboratory is an educational unit within the College of Engineering and Applied Science offering and supporting hands-on courses and workshops in undergraduate and graduate engineering to over 4,600 students during the academic year. In addition to engineering college students, the unit also serves the K-12 community through its K-12 engineering program, which includes student classes and programming, after-school engineering education and outreach, summer camps and teacher professional development workshops. 

CU Boulder employees should apply Feb. 5. View the full posting and requirements on the internal job board.

Optional practical training applications for international grad students

For international grad students planning to do OPT (optional practical training), be sure to apply early, starting Feb. 7, since it’s taking a minimum of three and a half months to process. Grad students must have their OPT authorization card in hand before they begin working.

Get more information on OPT, or find workshops on applying for OPT. Contact ISSS at isss@colorado.edu with questions.

Women in Science and Engineering hosts Ash Beckham for Authenticity in Thirds workshop

The workshop by Ash Beckham will address how to become more authentic in the workplace, develop tools to set attainable goals by breaking tasks into thirds and how to be an ally in science. All races, genders, and religions are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the WISE website or email katelyn.long@colorado.edu.

If you go

Wednesday, Feb. 13
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SEEC Bartlett Center

Disclosure of External Professional Activities (DEPA) continues through March 31

Graduate students are reminded of the campus’s annual conflicts of interest reporting period, via the Disclosure of External Professional Activities (DEPA) reporting form. Emails about this important requirement were sent from the provost and vice chancellor for research to all graduate students—please check your emails.

Specific groups include but are not limited to all PRAs, research associates and research assistants (all levels), instructors (all levels), librarians, museum associates and fellows; also, non-employee graduate students if they are currently involved in the design, conduct or reporting of any research (including their own) or if they are involved in any CU employee’s affiliated company/foundation, etc. (compensated or not).

The following groups typically do not need to report: TAs, lecturers, professional exempts. However, university personnel involved in the design, conduct and reporting of research do need to submit a DEPA, regardless of job type. Email coi@colorado.edu with questions.

Science Speak-Easy: A public speaking workshop for researchers

Sharpen your PowerPoint skills, enhance your conference talk and hone your elevator pitch in this two-day workshop.

Open to graduate students, postdocs and senior undergraduate researchers who are interested in giving scientific talks to a scientific community. Apply by Feb. 6, as this workshop is limited to 40 participants to encourage a more personalized experience.

If you go

Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days
Biotechnology Building

Employees, watch your mailbox: Important tax documents are coming soon

Tax season is approaching, which means important tax forms are, or will soon be, on their way to CU employees’ mailboxes. See when Forms W-2, 1042-S and 1095-C will be made available below.

Form W-2

W-2s have been sent to employees’ mailing addresses on file in their employee portal. If you have not received yours, click here to find out what to do.

After Jan. 31, quickly access the W-2 in the portal by following these steps:

  1. Log into your employee portal.
  2. Click on the CU Resources Home dropdown menu at the top, center of the page.
  3. Choose the W-2 tile. You’ll be prompted to verify your identity before you can access this information.

If you see two W-2s (CU and CUR), we recommend you submit the ADP W-2 with your tax filing. This W-2 is a combination of CU and CUR wage and tax information.

Submitting multiple W-2s from the same company or with the same EIN may cause confusion with the IRS and states. This can cause a delay in processing your tax return.

Need assistance?

Additional information about the W-2 can be found here. For more help, please contact an Employee Services payroll professional at 303-860-4200, option 2

Form 1042-S

The mailing deadline for the 1042-S form is March 15. Forms for the 2018 tax year will soon be sent to non-U.S. citizens who had one or more of the following in 2018:

  • Tax treaty-exempt income
  • Non-qualified scholarship payments
  • Taxable compensation

If you have questions, please visit Employee Services online or contact an international tax specialist.

Form 1095-C

Form 1095-C provides information about employer-provided health insurance coverage and specifies the months of health care coverage for employees and their eligible dependents.

The 2018 Form 1095-C will be mailed by March 4 to employees who were eligible for health benefits last year.

Note: Employees who sign up to receive this form through Digital Delivery before Feb. 15 will not receive a hard copy in the mail. A copy will be mailed to those who opted in after this date.

View your Form 1095-C electronically

This form will be available in the portal shortly after it is mailed. To access it, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your employee portal.
  2. Click on the CU Resources Home dropdown menu at the top, center of the page.
  3. Select Benefits & Wellness from the dropdown menu.
  4. Choose the Benefits Tools tile, then click the View Form 1095-C tile.
  5. You’ll be prompted to verify your identity before you can access this information. Once authorized, click on the Tax Form you’d like to view and download your form. If a form has not been issued to you, a message will populate stating that no form is available.

Form 1095-C help

Additional information about Form 1095-C can be found here. For more help, please contact an Employee Services benefits professional at 303-860-4200, option 3, or email benefits@cu.edu.

Be part of exciting new research on hearing loss

The CU Hearing Research Laboratory is recruiting participants for a research study on how our ability to hear interacts with our ability to listen (focus our attention) in difficult listening situations, such as distorted or noisy speech. We are interested in whether measures of attention and memory can help us choose hearing aid settings that make speech more clear.

You may be eligible if you are age 18 years or older with normal hearing or with hearing loss in both ears. Please contact us if you may be interested in participating in this study.

Nominate your student-employee

Recognize the hard work of your student-employee(s) by nominating them for Student Employee of the Year! 

This award recognizes the contributions of student-employees to the university community and honors their efforts. Work-study, hourly and salaried student-employees are eligible. You may nominate more than one student. 
Faculty and staff may nominate a CU Boulder student-employee who is:

  • Enrolled in a Boulder degree program
  • Enrolled at least half time
  • Has at least three months full-time or six months part-time employment during academic year June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

 The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 15. Winners will be recognized by Student Employment during National Student Employment Week, April 14–20. 
The first-place recipient will receive Buff gear donated by the CU Book Store and will be nominated for the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators Award. Second place will receive Buff gear donated by Student Employment.

Help Financial Aid select scholarship recipients

Scholarship Services within the Office of Financial Aid invites faculty and staff to participate in the selection of our 2019–20 scholarship recipients. This is a great opportunity to learn more about students and their interests and activities.

Volunteers will review 30 to 40 scholarship applications online (tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 8, through Friday, March 15). Links and instructions will be sent via email prior to the review period.

If interested, please email finaid_acadworks@colorado.edu as soon as possible with your name, contact information and CU affiliation. 

Healthy? Aged 18–35? Join paid study on sleep, performance, gut health

Are you aged 18–35 and healthy? Join our research study on sleep, performance and gut health

This study is about how sleep loss affects your ability to think and changes the helpful bacteria living in your gut. This research will help us to create treatments and strategies for people working long hours under stressful conditions at night (e.g., emergency workers and military personnel).

We are looking for healthy men and women, ages 18–35, to participate in two laboratory visits of approximately 3.7 days each at the CU Boulder Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory.

Compensation up to $1,680.

For study details, email sleep.study@colorado.edu and ask about the Navy study.

Meet other nature Buffs in new CU Wildlife Club

Black bear in a tree

Hey, nature Buffs: Would you like to help foster a respectful relationship with wildlife right here in Boulder? 

Stop by the new CU Wildlife Club's inaugural meeting to hear about stewardship, outreach and education opportunities. Introduce yourself and let us know what you are interested in, as well as what you'd like to see this club do! 

Light refreshments will be available for those who arrive early. RSVP through the Facebook event page, and please share with other students who may be interested in joining this club. And while you're at it, follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

If you go

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 5–6:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, Biolounge