Category Archives: Learning and teaching

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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

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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

Contribute to CU scholarships for Pathways2Teaching graduates here