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CU receives tree recognition

The University of Colorado Boulder is being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Campus USA” for excellence in tree management as well as student and community involvement.

The Arbor Foundation issues the Tree Campus USA designation to campuses that meet five requirements, including convening a tree advisory committee, creating a tree care plan, implementing a tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and offering a service learning project.

CU-Boulder will be presented the Tree Campus USA designation and will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of two Sweet Gum trees on Friday, April 15, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on the grounds located across University Avenue from the Armory Building.

Speakers will include campus leaders, as well as forestry representatives from the state of Colorado and the city of Boulder.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments and the opportunity to speak with professionals about tree care.

Since the late 1880s, when one of the first trees, a Plains Cottonwood, was planted near Old Main, CU-Boulder’s tree population has grown to more than 4,100 trees comprising more than 100 species.

Senior Grounds Specialist Alan Nelson leads tree walks on campus in conjunction with the CU Museum of Natural History and the CU Heritage Center, educating participants on the history and significance of CU-Boulder’s trees.

The next two tree walks, which are free and open to the public, will be held on May 17 and May 18, beginning at 5 p.m. on the west steps of Norlin Library. To explore tree-related and other volunteer opportunities visit http://ecenter.colorado.edu/resources/get-involved.

Law school applicants a record

While many law schools throughout the nation are experiencing double-digit drops in application numbers, the CU School of Law is seeing the highest number of applicants in its history.

Colorado Law currently has about 3,160 applications pending for its three-year, full-time program, up 12.7 percent over last year. The school will admit approximately 180 students for its incoming fall class.

The average drop in law school applicants, according to a recent online article in the ABA Journal, is about 11.5 percent. And as reported in the Yale Daily News, the Yale Law School — ranked the nation’s No. 1 law school — is experiencing a 16.5 percent decrease in applications.

Colorado Law, established in 1892, is a top 25 public law school. It consists of approximately 500 students and offers dual degree programs in business, environmental studies, telecommunications and public affairs.

CU professor nominated to NSB

President Barack Obama has nominated University of Colorado Distinguished Professor Carl Lineberger to serve on the National Science Board.

Lineberger is the E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and is a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

If confirmed by the Senate, as a member of the National Science Board Lineberger would help to establish the policies of the National Science Foundation and assist in advising the president and Congress on issues about engineering and science.

CU Distinguished Professor and JILA Fellow Carl Wieman was confirmed as associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last September, and former CU Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson was nominated and appointed to serve on the National Science Board in 2008 by former President George W. Bush.

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