This composite photo shows Doug Laufer, MSU Denver accounting professor (left), finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon (image on the left), and one minute later the first deadly bomb blast that occurred during the marathon (image on the right; the explosion captured in the upper right corner of the photo frame). Photos: Boston Athletic Association

The man who beat the Boston Marathon

Doug Laufer finished the 2013 Boston Marathon 60 seconds before the first bomb exploded. Unbowed and optimistic, he’s heading back.

Photo Alyson McClaran

We need to talk … about mental health

Two grants totaling $3M to train behavioral health and addictions clinicians in medically underserved communities.

Dr. Theodore DeWeese, a former mechanic and first-generation college graduate, now serves as vice president of interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Running the road to health-care breakthroughs

Across four decades and two continents, MSU Denver graduates are shaping global health care through their work at Johns Hopkins

Charles and Drubix wearing service dog vest.

Service for those who serve

Roadrunners Give Back Day goes to the dogs.

Wellness program intern Erin Horne talks with Karina Bridget, a resident at Eaton Senior Communities.

Healthy partnerships for senior living

Students gain essential skills in health care as interns at Eaton Senior Communities, Health Professions chair recounts.

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority donates $50,000 to help kids at Children

50,000 reasons to smile

MSU Denver sorority makes $50,000 donation to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Urban-agriculture students get their hands into the dirt as part of the course work in urban vegetable farming. "I truly make a connection with the soil and the plants," says student Amanda Hillard.

Green shoots in the concrete jungle

Urban-agriculture program germinates with help of Acres farm.

Tina Ramirez, center, and daughters Marion, left, and Stacy will graduate together from MSU Denver on May 11. “I’m very excited that we’re going to be accomplishing such a great goal together,” Tina says.

It runs in the family

A mom and her two daughters will graduate together.

Jonathan Gourley, a Marine Corps Reserve sergeant, graduated from MSU Denver in December 2017 while actively deployed to the Corps

Operation Study Abroad

Active duty and academics coexist for MSU Denver students who deploy across the globe.

Jeff Helton, assistant professor in health care management at MSU Denver, helped create the new Health Data Science Certificate. It well help future executives better understand and use information in health care. Photo by Alyson McClaran

The nexus of health and tech

New certificate mixes tech and business to heal what ails the system.

Two hikers in Evergreen, Colorado. Photo Alyson McClaran.

5 trails to hike while the weather is still warm

Recreation faculty member Ryan Campbell shares the five best trails within an hour drive of Denver.

Photo illustration of student suffering from depression.

Student depression: Seeking answers and offering hope

The number of college students suffering from depression and anxiety is alarmingly high. Researchers are working to find out why.

Left to right, Eddie Romero-Moreida, Seth Hosford, Alma Ochoa

“We’re there to help and to heal”

How do we fill 2.4 million new jobs? Three students discuss one program’s impact on workforce – and community – development.

Yao Qian and Pablo Rivera enjoy the view of the mountains. Photo by Alyson McClaran

4 tips for climbing a 14er this summer

Recreation faculty member and outdoor enthusiast Ryan Campbell offers advice on making it to the top of the mountain.

Emily Hunt, Recent Graduate Human Nutrition and Dietetics chopping a pepper

Try the $10 Challenge

Here’s how to feed a family of four on a budget without skimping on taste or nutrition

A young girl connects with one of the dogs in the Canine Airport Therapy Squad at Denver International Airport. The program, begun by Metropolitan State University of Denver alumni Mark Inzana and Lisa Dittberner, helps travelers cope with flying-related stress.

Dogs of CATS treat travelers

Ironically named program, founded by alumni, helps calm anxious flyers at DIA.

Athletic training student Heidi Moore (blue, center) is a coach for the US Paralympic judo team and lead instructor for Denver Judo. Here, she is throwing a combatant as part of a demonstration while setting up the national program for Turkmenistan.

Acing her mat classes

Martial artist. Paralympic coach. International program builder. For Heidi Moore, judo isn’t just a sport – it’s a calling.

Researchers say taking a break from work to clear your head can improve creativity and productivity.

Why you should (occasionally) goof off at work

In celebration of National Goof Off Day – seriously, it’s a thing – we celebrate the art of the unofficial work break.

Reading a book -- not on an electronic screen -- is great for helping kids wind down at night and fall asleep. Photo by John Arnold.

Quality sleep and good food

For back-to-school, prioritize these two critical items

5 nasty things that happen in freezing weather

Winter blues can sometimes have a bite. MSU Denver's Michelle Tollefson, M. D., explains what to do if things go wrong.

Health Care Management professor Dr. Jeffrey Helton talks about health care changes.

Understanding insurance under the Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment for Obamacare plans is open and there are changes that could affect how people buy insurance.

MSU Denver senior Toby Scott performs the side reach which stretches abdominal obliques and latissimus dorsi (back and side muscles). Photo by Alyson McClaran

5 stretches that will get you out of your seat

Exercise-science student Toby Scott shares stretches that can counteract the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day.

Black and white photo of jungle gym mixed with areas of color Photo by Kylie Henson

What happens when we don’t make time for recess?

While physical activity has obvious long-term benefits, research shows its value in the classroom, too.

Dance students Kallyn Rand (left) and Olivia Sando are using their skills to help local children twist and spin their way to a more positive outlook. Photo: John Arnold

Making all the right moves

Two dance students are using their skills to help local children twist and spin their way to a more positive outlook.

Psychologists say a majority of Americans are stressed about at least one aspect of the holidays.

How not to lose your mind during the holidays

The “happy” holiday season can actually bring all kinds of stresses and frustrations. But don’t worry – help is at hand.

Associate Professor Cynthia Dormer demonstrates a skill that helped her become the Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Food for thought: Is the Keto Diet right for you?

Award-winning dietitian offers expertise on nutritional routine, advice on eating well.

Mary Landerholm was sitting in her human-trafficking class at MSU Denver when she realized she had been a victim of the crime. Since then she

Under lock and key

Nonprofit fights to end human trafficking by influencing policy, training responders, empowering survivors and more

Sarah Baker, second from right, teaches yoga as a part of a requirement for a class she

Spreading the health

Lifestyle-medicine students share wellness tips with young and old as community health educators.

Heart monitor

The science of love – why we go gooey on Valentine’s Day

What actually happens to us when our gentler emotions are roused? Our psychology expert Mary Ann Watson explains.

Metropolitan State University of Denver alumna Christine Wetzig, far left, and Professor Joe Quatrochi, front row, fourth from left, show the Comparative Fitness class the varied things graduates can do with a degree in exercise science.

Exercising options

Comparative Fitness class shows students the many career paths in exercise science.

MSU Denver student and Healthcare Interest Program participant Jiwon Kim practices life-saving compression exercises to an infant CPR dummy. Photo by Aly McClaran.

Who gets to be a doctor?

Thanks to an equity-driven partnership with Denver Health, students are making inroads into health care opportunities.

Payton Bradley overcame years of bullying and found a home at MSU Denver. Photo by Mark Stahl

Overcoming bullies

Student overcomes years of harassment, finds community at MSU Denver and shares a powerful message of hope.

Wyatt Rottschafer and his classmates at The Boys School of Denver hold a yoga pose during a class in the morning.The Human Performance and Sport Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered up to host a Spin-A-Thon that took place on Dec. 9. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Partnership spins two schools together

MSU Denver's sport event management class partners with sixth-graders to earn real-world experience.

MSU Denver senior Karen Williams uses dumbbells for upper body workouts July 11 at the Auraria Campus Recreation Fitness Center. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Deskercise! 5 ways to stay active on the job

Finding time to work out can be difficult, but here are some suggestions for how to stay trim while on the clock.

Traci Lundstrom is the spring 2018 Provost

Getting up off the (yoga) mat

Provost's Award winner Traci Lundstrom runs a yoga program in the Boulder County Jail, helping women find a better path forward like she's found for herself.

Rita Araceli Zerfoss knows a thing or two about healing broken hearts. Photo Alyson McClaran

Nursing broken hearts

When her husband passed away, this aspiring nurse had a choice – quit college or find the strength to keep going.

Jessica Johnson graduated from MSU Denver in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Care degree and will be moving to Baltimore this fall to start her master

Jess of all trades … master of one

From mechanic to medicine-woman, Jessica Johnson is proving that it’s never too late to find your passion in life.

The primary flu strain we

5 need-to-know answers about this flu season

Ah-choo! There’s a nasty bug going around – so equip yourself with a doctor’s insight that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Elizabeth Hubbard is the spring 2017 MSU Denver Provost

This is your brain off drugs

Elizabeth Hubbard struggled with drug addiction as a young adult; today she is a top student in her graduating class.

MSU Denver is the first University in the nation to offer a lifestyle medicine minor, which will launch in fall 2018, and cover topics such as stress. Photo by Mark Stahl

Your job is literally killing you

How stress at work is taking years off our lives and what we can do to find inner-calm in our cubicles.