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Science and environmental engagement news

I know, we said we wouldn’t publish again ‘til fall semester, but with so much good sustainability/science crossover happening, we couldn’t resist. Check these out:




Co-LSEN Legislative Event

Tuesday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join Colorado Local Science Engagement Network (Co-LSEN) in collaboration with The Institute for Science and Policy, CO-LABS, and scientists and decision-makers throughout our state for three conversations focused on rural broadband in Colorado, climate-informed decision-making, and carbon markets as a policy tool. Register for this online event today!

Boulder Forum on Economy, Climate and Community

Boulder is hosting a unique online discussion about the role of the economy in both climate change and ultimately climate stabilization. Drawing on leaders in fields central to solving both the climate crisis and a series of interrelated crises—energy systems, material economy/consumption, ecosystems and biodiversity—the webinars will underscore the focus on the role of the economy in driving these crises as well as its potential role in their solutions. Find out more on the City of Boulder website and join in! Upcoming talks include:
  • Friday, July 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Kate Raworth - Towards a regenerative & distributive economy
  • Thursday, August 26, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - John Liu - Redirecting the economy to regenerate the living world
  • Wednesday, September 15, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Joe Neguse - Building new economic policy that regenerates communities and the environment
  • Thursday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Kim Stanley Robinson - Imagining the path forward: Finding a hopeful story for an ominous future
Previous sessions are found on the City's website, including thoughts by Jeffrey Sachs on economic policy and sustainable development goals; and by Lolita Jackson and Robert Hockett on the economic drivers that perpetuate carbon-based energy systems.

Outreach funding information session

Wednesday, August 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Lisa Schwartz and Jeanne McDonald for a virtual information session about grants offered through the Office for Outreach and Engagement. Proposals for the office’s Community Impact and Micro Grants are due Friday, August 13, 2021. The information session provides an overview of each funding type, and are designed to help you understand the criteria for competitive proposals and which grant best fits with your outreach and engagement project. Read more about the grants on the OOE website, or just register for the info session.


Science Under the Dome series at Fiske seeks student speakers

apply by July 12
Fiske Planetarium seeks graduate students and postdocs to present an in-person talk in our Science Under the Dome talk series this fall semester. You’re invited to develop a talk on a science-based topic (not just astronomy!) for a broad public audience. Our three Science Under the Dome tracks are The Science of Sci-Fi, Science and Society, and Climate Change in Our Ba
ckyard. We recommend selecting a topic that interests you and fits within one of these tracks, but we require that your talk not be based primarily on your active research.

If you're interested in giving a talk, please fill out an application by July 12. If selected in the first round, you'll be offered a short audition the following week. Check out some examples of talk outlines and recorded SciDome talks, and feel free to ask questions at

Outreach funding applications now open

apply by August 13
Do you want to connect your research and teaching with communities external to CU Boulder around Colorado and beyond? The Office for Outreach and Engagement Community Impact and Micro Grant programs fund project-related expenses such as stipends, materials, supplies, equipment, travel, and more. Read more about the grants on the Office for Outreach and Engagement website, and check in the events above for an information session on all the details.

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