10 episodes

University Relations in the CU Office of the President has launched a monthly audio podcast, “CU on the Air,” featuring faculty and staff throughout the university system who are leading experts in their field. The podcast is informational, relevant and entertaining, and promotes the value of the University of Colorado and its four campuses to the state and well beyond. Join Ken McConnellogue, vice president for university communication, as he chats with some of the most fascinating researchers in the country. Subscribe, and we’ll CU on the Air each month.

CU On The Air Ken McConnellogue

    • Courses

University Relations in the CU Office of the President has launched a monthly audio podcast, “CU on the Air,” featuring faculty and staff throughout the university system who are leading experts in their field. The podcast is informational, relevant and entertaining, and promotes the value of the University of Colorado and its four campuses to the state and well beyond. Join Ken McConnellogue, vice president for university communication, as he chats with some of the most fascinating researchers in the country. Subscribe, and we’ll CU on the Air each month.

    Limb Restoration: Osseointegration gives amputees a new option

    Limb Restoration: Osseointegration gives amputees a new option

    Dr. Jason Stoneback and his team at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus have enabled hundreds of patients with limb maladies to live active and productive lives. Dr. Stoneback is chief of orthopedic trauma and fracture surgery, director of the Limb Restoration Program, and vice chair of clinical affairs. Today on CU on the Air, we talk to him about osseointegration and the treatment of many other complex limb conditions.



    * What is osseointegration?

    * How grafting part of a prosthetic into an amputee’s limb enables them better movement.

    * Bonus! Osseointegration allows the patient to feel the pressure and adjust their limb placement.

    * How this pioneering technique has given new life to amputees.

    * Who is eligible for this pioneering surgery?

    * Who isn’t as good a candidate?

    * How widespread is it?

    * The most common amputees across the U.S. aren’t who you might think.

    * Limb restoration: Saving limbs that seemed destined for amputation.

    * Lengthening, regrowing bone. How it’s done.

    * The CU Anschutz team – coming together time and time again to tackle the tough cases.

    * Why Dr. Stoneback became interested and ultimately a leading force in limb restoration.

    * What’s to come in the short term and what are the hopes for the future.





    Resources



    * Jason Stoneback | Limb Restoration, Osseointegration

    * Limb Restoration Program – CU Anschutz

    * Transforming health care in orthopedics, CU Anschutz Today

    * Limb restoration program saves soldier’s shattered leg, CBS News

    * Stay tuned! Dr. Stoneback will be interviewed by CBS in the coming weeks.

    • 29 min
    Quantum physics: Atomic research discoveries show there’s much more to learn

    Quantum physics: Atomic research discoveries show there’s much more to learn

    This month on CU on the Air we welcomed CU Boulder Professor Ana Maria Rey, a theoretical physicist and fellow at JILA. Professor Rey has earned multiple awards for her groundbreaking research, including the coveted MacArthur Genius Fellowship and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She earned the Alexander Cruickshank Award in 2017 and 2019, and became the first Hispanic woman to win the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists. Professor Rey studies the interface between atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics, and quantum informational science.



    * What exactly is quantum physics?

    * Cooling down particles, and using this cool system to explore the properties of the quantum world.

    * Laser cooling and the Nobel winners who inspired Professor Rey

    * Interest in quantum physics from early on and the wonder of bouncing a ball

    * A new understanding of atomic collision and how that reset the clock

    * Why is precision important and what are the applications of these findings?

    * Quantum knots and the phenomenon of entanglement

    * Keeping atoms in the ground state, some atoms in the excited state to avoid collision

    * Rey’s students

    * Controlling and manipulating ions: atoms are neutral, but ions have unique properties

    * Collaborations across the globe

    * Visiting Colombia – Rey’s home – to help advance science



    TEXT TRANSCRIPT



    Resources



    * CU Boulder

    * JILA

    * Rey Theory Group

    * CUBit Quantum Initiative

    • 27 min
    CU across Colorado: CU Denver team fans out to help rural areas with community projects

    CU across Colorado: CU Denver team fans out to help rural areas with community projects

    In this month’s CU on the Air, we talk to representatives of the University Technical Assistance program, or UTA. It’s a unique collaboration between a Colorado Center for Community Development in the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver, and a division of local government within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, or DOLA. We’re talking with the field supervisors who manage projects and the student employees for the UTA program. Welcome to Chris Endreson, West Slope region, Jennifer Kovarik, Northeast region, and Jeff Wood of the Southeast region.





    * UTA has helped complete a remarkable 2,000 projects since this was formed in the 1970s, and after a hiatus, almost a hundred since 2014.

    * Working with DOLA, the program benefits rural communities across Colorado, from river restoration, to train depots to a park in Bayfield.

    * The process of inviting the UTA to rural communities.

    * Road trips! The UTA team travels all across Colorado.

    * Getting to know the communities.

    * Student interaction with the community members, a valuable lesson as they head into careers.

    * Designing outside the box? Sure, but the plans have to be feasible for the community.

    * Looping in local contractors to ensure the plans support the local community.

    * How to deal with the one grumpy dude (or dudette) who is resistant to change.

    * Where they’ve been, why they’re there and where the UTA team is going.

    * Who are the students in UTA? And what do they gain from the experience?



    Resources



    * Colorado Center for Community Development

    * College of Architecture and Planning

    * CU Denver

    * Colorado Department of Local Affairs

    • 43 min
    A rare and fatal lung disease, IPF has met its match

    A rare and fatal lung disease, IPF has met its match

    September is pulmonary fibrosis awareness month and today we’re privileged to talk to Dr. David Schwartz at the CU School of Medicine, one of the world’s leading researchers in the area of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Schwartz chats with host Ken McConnellogue about his research and discoveries concerning this rare but fatal lung disease, as well as the strides he and his team are making in personalized medicine.



    * What is IPF and why is it fatal?

    * Schwartz and his team find the MUC5 gene is overproducing mucous in the lungs, causing the lungs to scar.

    * Symptoms for this often misdiagnosed lung disease.

    * Genetics – the gene that causes IPF runs in families.

    * Who is most likely to get IPF and why are some ethnicities immune?

    * By age 50, IPF has started if the patient has the gene.

    * Getting your lungs checked by a specialist – your family practitioner might not recognize the disease.

    * The MUC5 gene might have been an evolutionary boon to stave off lung ailments in the young.

    * The gene connection to rheumatoid arthritis.

    * Collaborating with lung disease researchers across the globe.

    * Personalized medicine: How working across specialties treats the patient as a whole.

    * How personalized medicine has taken root at CU Anschutz.

    * Preventive medicine as part of personalized medicine – how finding IPF early so it can start to be treated is a great example.

    * Other examples of personalized medicine and prevention: diabetes, heart disease.



    Resources:



    * What you don’t know about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is breathtaking

    * Donate to IPF research

    * CU Anschutz program offers prevention, care for those with lung disease

    * Researchers make important breakthrough in pulmonary fibrosis, Medical Press, Dec. 18, 2018

    * Mutation Prevents Mucus Clearance in Small Airways, Raising IPF Risk, Study Says, Pulmonary Fibrosis News, Dec. 20, 2018

    * Division of Biomedical Informatics & Personalized Medicine

    • 29 min
    Catching up with CU’s 23rd president – what’s ahead?

    Catching up with CU’s 23rd president – what’s ahead?

    This month, CU on The Air talks with new University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy, who was named by the Board of Regents on May 2 to be the 23rd President of the University of Colorado system. Host Ken McConnellogue chats with the president about:



    * Touring the campuses and the state and learning about this remarkable university and its people.

    * Listening and learning the key in first 90 days

    * The importance of a united, strategic plan.

    * Building on the great work the four campuses have already done.

    * How CU will get there from here.

    * The importance for universities to keep up with the digital revolution.

    * The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

    * The uncertainty of funding at CU and other higher ed intuitions – Colorado is 48th in the country in state funding.

    * Priorities of addressing all kinds of diversity.

    * The importance of outreach, and plans to bolster CU’s efforts across the state.

    * Quality time begins and ends with family.

    * Michigan vs. Notre Dame? President is rooting for the Buffs!

    * Fun? Work is fun when you love what you’re doing.

    * Where you might expect to bump into the Kennedys as they explore their new home state.



    Resources:



    * CU President Mark Kennedy’s page

    * The president on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

    * President’s channel on YouTube

    * President visits all four campuses (video)

    * Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism by Mark Kennedy

    • 30 min
    Buried in unmarked graves, Leadville’s Irish miners now have a voice

    Buried in unmarked graves, Leadville’s Irish miners now have a voice

    A sign in Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery calls it the Old Catholic section, while period maps list it as the Free Catholic section. CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue talks with Jim Walsh, assistant professor of political science at CU Denver, who for more than decade has researched Leadville’s Irish community during the late 1800s silver mining boom. Walsh is working with the Irish government and the Colorado Irish community to have a memorial built to honor the immigrants who were so important to advancing the state.



    * Discovering the Old Catholic section of Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery.

    * The 2,000 sunken graves at the site – mostly unmarked.

    * The names of the buried – or most of them – live at the Denver Public Library.

    * The difficulty life of the Irish immigrants, who comprise 70% of those buried – others include German, Italian, etc.

    * The average age at the time of death: 23

    * The silver boom began about 1877 and, with the repeal of the Sherman Silver Act in the early 1890s, the silver market decline came quickly. About a 15-year span.

    * Miners strike for their rights, and lose.

    * The Irish Ambassador visits the site, where now a memorial will be built to honor the immigrants who helped create this state and nation.

    * The rise of the once-outcast Irish population in the United States.

    * Michael Mooney – an unsung leader who walked away from his legacy.

    * Finding Mooney’s descendants.



    Resources:



    * CU Denver Department of Political Science

    * Michael Mooney and the Leadville Irish: respectability and resistance at 10,200 feet, 1875-1900

    * Jim Walsh’s research part of Irish Ambassador’s trip to Colorado

    * Celebrating the Irish Miners Who Lived — and Died — in Colorado, Westword, Sept. 27, 2016

    * Irish Denver (Images of America), James Walsh, Tom Noel, Dennis Gallagher

    • 39 min

Top Podcasts In Courses

Listeners Also Subscribed To