Making the Most of Science: 

The Prequel and Sequel, Combined   The Power of Mudwrestling to Interrupt a Rescue By the terms of a long-running dream, scientists were going to rescue us from our feuds and quarrels. When we lost our footing and sank into the swamp of squabbling, scientists would show us how to pull ourselves out of that…

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Did Anyone Else Notice?

And, if so, Will You Get in Touch and Tell Me?   A Report Worth Resurrecting: Twenty years ago, responding to a summer that presented a disturbing number and intensity of fires in Colorado, the Center of the American West convened a group of experts—the majority of them CU faculty—to pool their understandings of wildlands…

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Lifelong Learning On Halloween:

Unleashing The Hidden Power Of A Goofy Holiday   My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations, rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs. The words of A. Bartlett Giamatti, President of Yale, 1978-1986, and host of annual Halloween Parties at the President’s House   Celebrating a Metric Moment: …

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This Has Been A Test

If This Had Been an Actual Emergency, It Would Have Been Impossible to Distinguish It from All the Other Emergencies   Synonyms for “Testy”: Choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, irritable, peevish, perverse, petulant, prickly, quick-tempered, short-tempered, snarky, waspish.                                       Test Anxiety: Given the power they possessed, Tests for a time…

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Sandy Greenhills West, Urbana Asphalt West, and Suburbia Greenlawn West Take a Family Trip Through Time

Updating an Old Script   A public service announcement: If you have an obligation at noon on Friday, October 2, you’ll be happier if you reschedule it.   In the Center’s “Lunch with Limerick” series, I will be interviewing former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling and UC Denver Historian Cameron Blevins – The Post…

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