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Study of gut microbes and sleep gets $7.5M grant

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has received a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how gut microbes in humans and animals are affected by stressors like sleep deprivation and circadian clock issues.

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'Europe’s Problem with Islam 500 Years Ago'

On Monday, May 16, May, CU-Boulder’s Mediterranean Studies Group presents three scholars—Sabahat Adil, Asian languages and civilizations, CU-Boulder; Brian A. Catlos, religious studies, CU-Boulder; and Núria Martínez-de-Castilla, Arabic and Islamic studies Complutense Madrid—in an event, “Europe’s Problem with Islam 500 Years Ago,” which will survey the experience of forgotten European Muslims, their literature and culture, and their post-exile fate.

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CU dance company to teach and perform in Paonia

Back by popular demand, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Contemporary Dance Works returns to Paonia to lead dance outreach workshops in May and for a public performance on Thursday, May 12.

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CU helps build parenting skills block by block

Elliot Davis, 3, turned over a multi-colored cube in her hands and stared, trying to figure out how to match the cube with the colors on the picture card. She wasn’t certain what to do next.

“This is difficult, but I will give you a hint,” said Kathryn Flint, a University of Colorado Boulder psychology and neuroscience student. Flint was running a Living Lab exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus on a recent morning, using the activity as a way to talk with caregivers about how to effectively praise children.

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Biblical scholar explores the power of Babel

Modern readers of the Holy Bible—both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament—often say that context is critical. Samuel Boyd, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, heartily agrees. And he should know. He has no fewer than 23 ancient NearEast tongues at his disposal, including four dialects of both Hebrew and Aramaic—the language of Jesus—and two each of Greek and Babylonian, not to mention Hittite, Ugaritic, Ethiopic, Punic and others.

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Much ado about something, four centuries later

On the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death this year, the campus is staging two significant Shakespearean events. In its 59th season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will move closer to performing all of Shakespeare’s canon for the second time—a feat most companies have yet to achieve once. And the famous published edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays, printed in 1623, will be exhibited on campus.

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