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The University of Colorado and the state of Colorado were both founded in 1876 and our fortunes have been intertwined since. From a small building standing in a field in Boulder – complete with cows – to the highly advanced and expansive medical facilities in Aurora, CU has a picturesque past and present that reach way beyond what you read in most history books. CU Denver history professor Tom Noel, also known as Dr. Colorado, chats with a pupil from decades gone by – CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue, vice president for university communication.
Noel is director of public history, preservation and Colorado Studies, the author of numerous books, articles and columns and a graduate of CU Denver and CU Boulder. Dr. Colorado and Ken chat about:
What it must have been like to share living quarters with your professors and the CU president in the early days of CU Boulder.
The transition of the Cragmor Sanitorium in Colorado Springs from a tuberculosis health facility to one of the fastest growing universities in the West in UCCS.
Why CU Denver is located on one of the earliest settlements in Denver – Auraria – that predates the state itself.
How not enough sick people in Boulder eventually led the medical campus to Denver and then the site of one the state’s most historical buildings – the Fitzsimons Hospital – at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
The best total solar eclipse in the U.S. in about 40 years will be visible within a corridor of 70 miles crossing 14 states from South Carolina and Oregon. The closest state to Colorado that will experience the total eclipse is Wyoming, starting after 11 a.m. The eclipse promises to be a remarkable sight even in states that won’t see it in its entirety. CU’s Ken McConnellogue talks with CU Boulder astronomy professor and world renowned stargazer Doug Duncan, director of the Fisk Planetarium in Boulder, about:
How to safely watch the upcoming eclipse.
Who will see the total eclipse, and what we can look forward to in Colorado and on the coasts.
Preparing to watch the eclipse.
The strange reactions of man and beast during the full eclipse.
Highlights – and lowlights – of eclipses of the past.