Category Archives: Learning and teaching

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Aging awareness: A meaningful life for seniors and caregivers

Sara Qualls

CU on the Air examines the many facets and concerns of aging with Sara Honn Qualls, professor of psychology, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and director of the Aging Center and the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Host Ken McConnellogue talks with Dr. Qualls about:

  • Services available through UCCS and its community partners to aging citizens and their families, such as:
    • Baseline and advanced neurological screenings.
    • Aging families and caregiver workshops and coaching.
    • Support groups.
  • The benefits and disadvantages of increased cultural awareness on aging:
    • More research and resources available to assist the aging.
    • The fear of dementia and memory loss creating fear and anxiety.
  • What’s normal in aging and what isn’t.
  • Social isolation in aging versus finding and maintaining meaning in life.
  • Dialogue between the caregiver and the care recipient to be partners in care.
  • A grant on studying the use of marijuana in aging populations.
  • Planning ahead.
  • Building assisted living communities around meaningful activities that boost seniors’ strength and mobility.

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Colorful CU: (True) tales from the old west to today

Dr. Colorado, Tom Noel

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.


Dr. Colorado’s publications, history and student resources

CU Denver Department of History

CU in the dark: Astronomer Doug Duncan discusses the Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Dr. Douglas Duncan
Dr. Douglas Duncan

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.
  • When the next eclipse will be.
  • Tips for throwing an eclipse party

Dr. Douglas Duncan


Creating a path for underserved youth to become teachers

Margarita Bianco Associate Professor, Special Education, Teacher Education
Margarita Bianco
Associate Professor, Special Education, Teacher Education

Margarita Bianco, associate professor of education at CU Denver, founder of Pathways2Teaching and a Timmerhaus Ambassador, speaks with CU’s Ken McConnellogue about:

  • The Pathways2Teaching program for 11th and 12th graders, which encourages underserved youth to become teachers in their communities
  • Empowering youth by having them explore the disparities in their communities and research ways to fix them
  • CU Denver students interacting and inspiring K-12 students
  • Her upcoming tour speaking to schools and nonprofits about attracting and retaining diverse teachers

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