Category Archives: Community and culture

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CU President George Norlin: Champion of civil rights and an unwavering rebel with a cause



In this month’s CU on the Air, we delve into the courageous academic and civil accomplishments of CU’s fifth and longest-serving president, George Norlin. We discuss how he helped build the university, literally and otherwise, stood up to the KKK and helped shape the university today. Host Ken McConnellogue chats with Dr. Paul Chinowsky, professor … Continue reading CU President George Norlin: Champion of civil rights and an unwavering rebel with a cause


The opioid epidemic: How we got here, how we stop it



The opioid crisis in America today stems from decisions made in the 1980s. And although there are now federal and state programs in place, more treatment options underway and better awareness, the problem is going to get worse before it gets better. In this month’s CU on the Air, Dr. Robert Valuck, professor at the … Continue reading The opioid epidemic: How we got here, how we stop it


Exploring and learning from coexistence in Medieval Spain



The co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain creates a fascinating snapshot of that period in history – the good and not-so-good – and offers important insights on co-existence today. In this episode of CU on the Air, host Ken McConnellogue speaks via Skype with CU Colorado Springs associate professor of history Roger … Continue reading Exploring and learning from coexistence in Medieval Spain


Rockin’ litigation in the entertainment industry



From Beatlemania to the #MeToo movement, the causes and outcomes of rock ‘n’ roll litigation are varied and complex. Stan Soocher, an entertainment attorney and CU Denver ​professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, talks with CU on the Air’s Ken McConnellogue about court cases ranging from the Beatles to Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift, … Continue reading Rockin’ litigation in the entertainment industry


Ten years in, CU president talks of what’s been done, what’s to come



University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as president of his alma mater. He is the longest serving CU president in the past 65 years, and he’s not slowing down any time soon. CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue, V.P. of university communications, talks with President Benson on his … Continue reading Ten years in, CU president talks of what’s been done, what’s to come


Denver’s rooftops are going green: What does it mean?



Fifty-four percent of Denver voters passed the green roof initiative in November 2017, requiring rooftop gardens for new buildings with at least 25,000 square feet of gross floor area, and for roof replacement on existing buildings. What does that mean for Denver and how can we expect the cityscape to change over the next years? … Continue reading Denver’s rooftops are going green: What does it mean?


CU’s revolutionary, MOOC-delivered master’s in electrical engineering



In fall 2018, the University of Colorado will launch a new and innovative MOOC-delivered master’s degree in electrical engineering – the first of its type in the world. Today on CU on the Air, host Ken McConnellogue talks with CU Boulder professor Robert Erickson about what this revolutionary MOOC has to offer learners across the … Continue reading CU’s revolutionary, MOOC-delivered master’s in electrical engineering


Unearthing the effects of climate change on human health



Dr. Jay Lemery is a pioneer in the convergence of climate change and global human health. He is the co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health, which enlightens readers about one of the greatest challenges of our time — How is climate change affecting our lives? Dr. Lemery chats with CU … Continue reading Unearthing the effects of climate change on human health


A salute to saloons: Booze runs in the veins of Denver’s history



Throughout its history, the city of Denver was home to saloons that served up a lot more than alcohol. Ken McConnellogue talks with CU Denver History Professor Tom Noel – aka Dr. Colorado – about the liquid history of Denver and how bars evolved throughout the ages and helped form the Denver of today. Ethnic … Continue reading A salute to saloons: Booze runs in the veins of Denver’s history


CU’s laugh track: Examining the science of being funny



CU Boulder Leeds School of Business professor Peter McGraw studies what makes things funny, and how it can benefit marketing and management. In today’s CU on the Air podcast, Professor McGraw talks with host Ken McConnellogue about the funny and not so funny aspects of humor, such as: Examining the genesis of laughter. Cultural similarities … Continue reading CU’s laugh track: Examining the science of being funny