Buff Bulletin Board

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


Department of Integrative Physiology election results

Congratulations, to the Department of Integrative Physiology's newly elected officials! On Wednesday, April 18, IPHY faculty voted to approve the following positions in their department:

Professor Mark R. Opp elected as department chair

Opp’s research programs aim to elucidate sleep-immune interactions, specifically the role of chronic insufficient sleep in the etiology of inflammatory disease. Current projects use mouse models to determine mechanisms by which sleep disruption contributes to musculoskeletal pain, traumatic brain injury and metabolic dysregulation.

Results of Opp’s research have been published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience; Glia; Brain, Behavior and Immunity; SLEEP and other highly ranked journals. Opp is past-resident of the Sleep Research Society and of the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society. He is editor-in-chief of Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms.

Associate Professor Robert S. Mazzeo elected chair of Graduate Affairs Committee

Mazzeo’s research examines the neuroendocrine and biochemical adaptations associated with acute and chronic exercise (emphasis on aging), high-altitude physiology and exercise immunology.

He is currently an associate editor for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Physiology and is director of the Integrative Physiology Core Laboratory in the CU Boulder Clinical Translational Research Center. Mazzeo recently launched an online course titled the Science of Exercise which, to date, has had over 75,000 visitors.

Professor Roger M. Enoka elected associate chair of faculty affairs

The research performed by Enoka examines the impact of changes in the function of the nervous system on movement capabilities in humans. Current themes in his laboratory include: the consequences of age-associated adaptations in neuromuscular properties on manual dexterity and walking performance and the capacity of treatment with electrical nerve stimulation to improve mobility and dexterity in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Recent results have been published in Experimental Biology, Experimental Physiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Physiology. Enoka is frequently invited as a keynote speaker to international meetings and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, as a reviewer of grant applications and as a consultant on human movement.

Students: Become an Alternative Breaks site leader

Join a movement of college students who are passionate about engaging in service during college breaks. 

Site leaders commit to co-leading a group of 10 CU students in service work during spring break. Each trip topic focuses on a different social or environmental justice topic.

Program requirements:

  • Attend weekly leadership trainings 3–5 p.m. Wednesdays, September 2018 through May 2019.
  • Attend a site leader retreat Sept. 21 and 22.
  • Have commitment to improving your skills and engaging in direct service.

Apply at colorado.edu/volunteer. Priority deadline is Thursday, April 26.

Explore School of Education graduate programs at open house April 28

Explore the CU Boulder School of Education graduate programs, connect with current students and faculty, and learn about financial aid, admissions, flexible course schedules and more at the Graduate Studies Open House. We offer flexible, evening master's programs and Colorado's top-ranked graduate education programs. 

Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m.
Education building, room 231

East Campus utilities projects impacting traffic through April 30

Multiple utilities projects on East Campus are currently impacting vehicle and pedestrian traffic, now through April 30.

  • April 16–19: Southbound Discovery Drive will be closed from the SEEC/SEEL complex entrance to Colorado Avenue. Vehicles leaving SEEC/SEEL will need to head north and then west on Discovery Drive and exit to Colorado at Innovation Drive.
  • April 18–25: 38th Street into parking lots 553 and 554 will be reduced to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic.
  • April 13–30: The off-street bike path will be closed from the underpass at Discovery Drive to the Astrophysical Research Lab.

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.


  • 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.