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Students: Play collaborative learning games, earn $50

The Emotive Computing Lab at CU Boulder is seeking participants for a study of collaboration. 

You are eligible to participate in this research study if you:

  • Are a CU Boulder student at least 18 years of age
  • Speak English
  • Do not have significant and uncorrected vision impairments
  • Have not previously played Physics Playground or a similar game (e.g., Crayon Physics Deluxe, Magic Pen) for more than an hour

The study contains two parts: 

  1. An at home portion where you fill out some surveys and practice the game (lasting one hour) for a $15 Amazon gift card
  2. A visit to the lab, which will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time (lasting two hours) for a $35 Amazon gift card

If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Stewart at angela.stewart@colorado.edu for more information.

Support undergraduate research at BSI Scholars Poster Symposium

Attendees at BSI Scholars Poster Symposium

Please join the Biological Sciences Initiative for their annual BSI Scholars Poster Symposium from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Recreation Center, room C250. Refreshments will be served.

This year will feature undergraduates presenting work from Chemistry and Biochemistry, EBIO, Geological Sciences, IPHY, MCDB, and Psychology and Neuroscience.

Safe Zone training April 25: LGBTQ Ally Development Program

The Gender and Sexuality Center offers monthly Safe Zone trainings throughout the academic year.

Join us April 25 for this interactive 90-minute training that provides information about campus climate for the LGBTQ and allied community; surveys CU Boulder and Colorado resources, policies and protections; and addresses best practices for creating inclusive learning and work environments at the university.

All are welcome, and requests can also be made for departmental or group-specific trainings.

To register for one of our scheduled monthly trainings, please sign up through Skillsoft in your employee portal. If you are having trouble logging in to Skillsoft, you can call Organizational and Employee Development at 303-492-8103.

First-year students: Get paid $25 for your opinion!

Strategic Relations and Communications is seeking first-year students to participate in a 90-minute focus group on either April 25 or 26. We want to hear your opinions about different CU Boulder offerings and services. Participation is confidential, and all responses will be anonymous.
 
As a token of appreciation, we are offering each participant an Amazon gift card worth $25.
 
Please use the link below to find a date and time that works for you and reserve your spot. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis—so sign up today!

Seeking participants for paid research on exercise behavior change

Understanding Mechanisms of Exercise Behavior Change

This research is being done to help researchers understand the psychological factors related to health behaviors, including how rewarding people for completing health behaviors can change their thoughts and attitudes about those behaviors. The findings from this research will help us learn how to develop better interventions to increase health behaviors. This study will examine physical activity.

Participating in this study involves two study sessions at the CU Boulder Center for Innovation and Creativity (1777 Exposition Drive in Boulder). The sessions will be three weeks apart. The first session requires one hour and fifteen minutes. During the session, you will complete surveys that will ask you about how you think, feel and behave. 

For the 21 days after that session, you will complete a brief (three-minute) assessment every day via the internet at times and locations that are convenient to you. These assessments will ask you about how you felt that day and whether you engaged in any physical activity. We will also ask you to wear a heart-rate monitoring watch when you exercise during the 21 days and include information from the watch in the daily surveys. 

On the 21st day, we will ask you to come back to the lab for another assessment that requires one hour. Finally, two and four weeks after that, we will ask you to do two more online surveys, at times and locations convenient to you, which will each require 25 minutes.

If you participate in this study, you will earn up to $52.50 for your time and effort during the assessments. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to earn additional payments for your reported behavior during the course of the study.

Learn more

If you are interested, please complete a brief online screening measure. If you are eligible to participate in this study, a member of the research team will contact you to schedule a research session. If you have questions before completing the screening or would like to learn more about the study, please contact the researcher, Casey Gardiner, via email at caga9763@colorado.edu.

Research subjects needed for study on multiple sclerosis

The Neurophysiology of Movement Lab on CU Boulder's Main Campus is conducting a study to compare neuromuscular function in healthy adults with persons diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Qualifications:

  • 45–65 years of age
  • Healthy and free of neurologic disease 

 The study will consist of two visits on separate days:

  • First visit (approximately 15 minutes): Familiarization session
  • Second visit (approximately three hours): Experimental session
    • Lower leg muscle contractions
    • Walking tests
    • Recording muscle activity

Compensation: $20 for the experimental session

If interested, please contact Leah Davis at leah.davis@colorado.edu for more information.

This Earth Day, help plant 7,000 trees in Fourmile Canyon

Join One Tree Planted for an amazing day of planting trees and restoring an area that was affected by a major forest fire. Afterward, there will food and snacks provided, and then post-planting drinks at one of Boulder's great microbreweries—details to follow!

What to bring

  • Shovel will be a big help 
  • Gloves, hat and closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops)
  • Bag to hold all the trees you will be planting
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen

Planting trees and revegetating helps stabilize the soils on steep slopes, improves habitat and contributes to improved water quality in the rivers. Join us for this community tree planting event that will help restore the natural beauty and function of the watershed.

Background info

The Fourmile Fire in 2010 burned 160 homes and left whole mountainsides scorched and without vegetation. Mountainous areas that experience wildfire are prone to flooding and landslides in the subsequent years, and that is exactly what has happened in Fourmile Canyon. Thousands of trees have been lost as a result of multiple disasters. 

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fourmile Canyon, 849 Melvina Hill Rd., Boulder

Biological Sciences Initiative hosting scholars poster symposium

Visitors at the annual BSI Scholars Poster Symposium

Save the date! Please join the Biological Sciences Initiative for the annual BSI Scholars Poster Symposium from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Recreation Center, room C250. Refreshments will be served.

This year will feature undergraduates presenting their work from labs in chemistry and biochemistry, MCDB, IPHY, psychology and neuroscience, EBIO and geological sciences.

Say farewell to Jeanne Connely at retirement celebration April 23

Illustration of female detective

The Campus Controller's Office’s top property detective Jeanne Connely is retiring! Please join CCO as we celebrate her 30-plus year career and say farewell to our friend.

We are preparing a powerpoint scrolling presentation and would like your farewell comments to add to it (e.g., favorite lost item story, conversation, picture or just saying farewell.) Send to greg.roers@colorado.edu.

Monday, April 23, 2–4 p.m.
UMC, Glenn Miller Ballroom

Participants needed for paid decision-making study on aging and movement

The Neurophysiology of Movement Lab needs volunteers for a study on aging and movement decision-making. Participants will be using their right wrist to generate low forces and lean with their whole body to play decision-making games. 

Participants must be/have:

  • English-speaking
  • Right-handed
  • Between 40-60 or 65-89 years old
  • Normal or corrected vision
  • No movement control problems
  • No recent orthopedic surgeries or broken bones

Experiment involves one sessions, which lasts approximately three hours. Subjects will be compensated at $10 per hour with an opportunity to win up to an additional $40. Email Landon Hamilton at landon.hamilton@colorado.edu.

Last call: Volunteer, nominate for open educational resources committee

Want to help find ways to reduce the financial burden of course materials and textbooks on students and transition the university toward more affordable course materials?

The Open Educational Resources Advisory Committee will examine national trends centered in the use of open educational resources (OER) and make recommendations to the provost regarding their best use at CU Boulder, serving as a catalyst to promote educational innovation at CU Boulder.

Faculty, staff or students can volunteer to serve on the committee, or can nominate others, by submitting names to oercommittee@colorado.edu. Nominations will be accepted through April 9.