Graduating senior Abdalla Elmedani earned a degree in dental surgery from the University of Khartoum in Sudan, but he went back to school at MSU Denver to follow his real passion: computer science. Photo by Alyson McClaran

1 out of 5 dentists recommend computer science

Graduating senior Abdalla Elmedani left a career and a continent behind to follow his passion at MSU Denver.

Physician assistant Tamera Wristen, left, and Steve Caveney, administer a COVID-19 test at a drive-through site on the Auraria Campus. Wristen and Caveney, who work for the Auraria Health Center, are wearing face shields produced using 3D printers at MSU Denver. Photo by John Arnold.

3D printing PPE for Colorado’s health care heroes

Here’s how MSU Denver’s ‘maker community’ is combining its expertise, ingenuity and resources to design and manufacture much-needed personal protective equipment.

A 3D printing program can convert a snorkel mask into an emergency temporary solution to the ventilator shortage. The printed part adds a valve that can connect to CPAP machines or directly to oxygen outlets in hospitals.

3D printing potential solutions for ventilator shortage

An MSU Denver mechanical-engineering technology professor is testing a stopgap solution that brings together advanced manufacturing and snorkel gear.

5 kinds of winter weather you really want to avoid – and why

There are many kinds of misery in winter, but which is the worst? Associate Professor of Meteorology Keah Schuenemann offers a guide.

Clayton Barczak, Ambient Energy sustainability team leader, and Celine Hayoz, commissioning engineer and MSU Denver alum work at their office in the AES building on campus. Ambient Energy is a third-party consulting firm specializing in commissioning, energy analysis, and sustainable design and delivers high-performance solutions for new and existing commercial buildings.

Power players

Ambient Energy partners with higher education to develop a workforce that creates a regenerative and resilient world.

Is food delivery safe? How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces? What cleaning products kill virus? Infectious disease expert Sheryl Zajdowicz weighs in on how to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19.

An infectious disease expert answers your COVID-19 questions

Is food delivery safe? How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces? What cleaning products kill the virus? Here's what you need to know to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19.

TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen Speaker Eunice Hudak standing in front of TEDx letters. Photo Credit Ali Bibbo

Anatomy of a TED talk

Want to have your big idea heard at TEDxMSUDenver 2019? Here are 5 expert tips to help your talk connect.

Jared Current practices an augmented reality climbing game at MSU Denver

Augmented reality and the future of recreation

Technology makes climbing, skiing and other recreational activities more dynamic, more safe and more accessible

Provost Award-winner Becky Alter

A sustained ability to reinvent

Becky Alter toured much of the world as a musician. Her next gig is preserving it for generations to come.

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.

While most people try to avoid insects, biology alum Brad Hiatt has dedicated his life to studying the

Brad loves bugs ... and life

While most people try to avoid insects, this biology alum has dedicated his life to studying the 'small, beautiful creatures.'

Graduate Hannah Wagoner shows girls they can rock at science.

Breaking down barriers in STEM

Graduating senior Hannah Wagoner shows girls they can rock at science.

Gabrielle Katz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at MSU Denver, has been studying river hydrology and its impact on ecosystems for the last two decades. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Bridging troubled waters

Professor’s expertise sheds light on impact of 2013 Colorado floods.

A half-scale model of a weather station produced by students from the Department of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. One of 11 student design concepts will replace the current weather station at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Budding designers grow skills at Denver Botanic Gardens

Industrial design students develop new weather station for legendary locale.

Andrew Smith holds a chemistry flask with yellow liquid up to the light

DIY disease detection

Testing for Carrión’s disease in Andean populations is severely lacking. Now, an MSU Denver biology student is developing an approach that promises to bring critical medical technology out of the lab and into the field.

Members of the Society of Physics Students walk toward the giant receivers of the Very Large Array telescope outside of Socorro, New Mexico.

Catching a (radio) wave

Students trade sunglasses for telescopes in their spring break road trip to a famed research facility.

Connor Cottrill will graduate from MSU Denver

Change is a-brewin’

From dentistry to first-place individual and team finishes in prestigious beer competitions, this grad’s tapping into transformation.

Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D., stands in front of the Sawyer glacier in Alaska as part of an MSU Denver class offered in May 2015 to study Alaskan glaciers and ecosystems.

Cold, hard facts about the new iceberg

Meteorology faculty member discusses the implications of ice the size of Delaware breaking off from a shelf in Antarctica.

MSU Denver students Cheyenne Lesniak and Steven King work together in the blood bank lab at Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Photo by Lauren Anderson/Children

COVID-19 pandemic reveals critical work of medical-laboratory scientists

They’re rarely seen or heard, but their work is critical in the fight against coronavirus. An innovative postdegree program is training a new crop of scientists for the in-demand field.

Helicopters drop water from Evergreen Lake onto the Elephant Butte fire July 14, 2020. The fire broke out July 13 and was declared completely controlled and contained on July 22, 2020. Photo by Sara Hertwig

Drought conditions fuel record Colorado wildfires

The state’s drastic dry-out and four major fires underscore the water challenges facing the West.

Clear Creek flows through Idaho Springs. Photo by Sara Hertwig

‘Liquid gold’ standard

Expertise in water policy and law are more valuable than ever. Here's why an online water certificate focused on Colorado's unique laws is drawing professionals from across the country.

The truth about summer in Denver

The truth about summer in Denver 

It’s very dry and surprisingly hot. Then it gets chilly. And nobody uses an umbrella. Let meteorologist Sam Ng explain ...

Bob Hancock, Ph.D., a professor of biology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, feeds mosquitos in his laboratory on the MSU Denver campus. Hancock, who has been studying mosquitos for more than three decades, no has become immune to mosquito bites. Photo by John Arnold

Summer bites

Mosquito season is peaking across Colorado. Here’s what 'Mosquito Man' Bob Hancock wants you to know about the bloodsucking arthropods.

Wheeler Geologic Area is a highly eroded out cropping of volcanic ash in the La Garita Mountains of southern Colorado

Colorado rocks!

Here are 17 of the state's best geological hikes, where you can find everything from dinosaur fossils to ancient ruins to waterfalls — and even volcanoes.

Rebecca Ferrell, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, works in her lab on the Auraria Campus. Ferrell is working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to detect the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Researchers study sewage for COVID-19 clues

The State of Colorado, wastewater-treatment facilities and university scientists team up to collect data that can serve as an early-warning system for coronavirus outbreaks.

Accessibility by design Craig Hospital

Accessibility by design

Here’s how an advanced manufacturing sciences student is using 3D printing to assist patients at Craig Hospital.

A silhouette in front of a computer screen filled with computer code.

Your online info is not secure

Cybersecurity experts say attacks are too numerous for fail-safe protection but that threats can be contained.

By taking concurrent-enrollment classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver while attending the Denver Center for International Studies, Alex Jones earned a college degree before receiving his high school diploma.

Degree before diploma

18-year-old will graduate from MSU Denver, then from high school.

Deep state

Colorado's strong snowpack eliminated drought conditions statewide. Here's what that means for our rivers, reservoirs and wildfire risks.

Three MSU Denver students are among 13 fellows from five Colorado universities who will complete a STEM policy program with Reps. Chris Hansen and Bob Rankin. Photo by Mark Stahl

Engineering meets influence in STEM policy program

Three students from MSU Denver are selected for the first Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship.

Inside the esports boom

Competitive video gaming is expected to hit $1B in global revenue this year. Here's how the industry plays in Colorado's economy and classrooms.

MSU Denver alumni Dan Strawn went from being homeless living on couches and in his car to getting an education and becoming a rocket scientist. Photo by Alyson McClaran

From homelessness to rocket science

An alumnus proves the sky is the limit with small steps and an eye toward helping others.

WATCH: Sculpting speed

Two of General Motors’ top automotive-design sculptors show the next generation of designers the importance of modeling in a digital world.

In safe hands

Here’s how MSU Denver’s Chemistry Department and Beer Industry Program teamed up to make sure Auraria Campus facilities have plenty of hand sanitizer.

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.

How to get kids to love science and math

STEM is the hottest acronym in education. Here are tips from Colorado's Teacher of the Year for helping students discover science, tech, engineering and math.

MSU Denver senior Connor O

Invasion of the butterflies!

The Colorado sky has metamorphosed into a sea of color, thanks to the arrival of a very specific winged visitor.

As seen on May 30, 2017 in Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site. A ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle later intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision. Photo courtesy of Orbital ATK

It actually is rocket science

Alumna Samantha Sizemore on missile defense, space station missions and getting what you want out of the college experience.

Jenn Cassidy computer repair

WATCH: System reboot

Here’s how one domestic violence survivor is using computer-repair skills to provide others with the technology they need to restart their lives.

Solutions in soil

Scientist Judy Daniels digs deep to help Colorado's new crop of industrial hemp farmers.

“My passion has always (been) within space – exploration and manufacturing of future spacecraft,” says Joshua Harris, who was offered a job at Lockheed Martin after working for a year in the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co-Op Program. The Orion spacecraft hangs in the foreground in the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building.

Launched at Lockheed Martin

From a dead-end job to a high-flying career in space manufacturing, Joshua Harris aims for the stars.

Recent MSU Denver biology graduates Rachel Himyak and Stephen Aderholdt take measurements at the Bear Creek watershed.

Majoring in saving the planet

Partnership with EPA draws new generation of students into the field.

Phil Danielson, Ph.D., has spent decades pioneering advances in forensic science to help solve crimes - just don

Meet the molecular man

Phillip Danielson, Ph.D., has spent decades pioneering advances in forensic science to help solve crimes – just don’t mention a certain TV series

A realistic-looking representation of what Homo naledi may have looked like.

Meet your new cousin...

The human family just got bigger, with the discovery of a new species deep in a South African cave.

Meteorology students in Professor Sam Ng

WATCH: Taken by storm

Future meteorologists hit the high plains for an up-close view of severe weather

A map of the Earth with a radioactive symbol, biohazard symbol, and skull/crossbones

Murder in Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam’s recent assassination with a chemical agent is part of a macabre tale of life – and death – imitating art.

Not your grandparents' rain barrel

Industrial design students debut concepts for a better rain barrel, compete for cash prizes on March 15.

An image of HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Image credit: René Spitz, [CC BY 2.0 (]

Out of this world

Sci-fi film series explores the science of how imagination takes flight into other dimensions.

MSU Denver

Partnership addresses Colorado's water challenges

MSU Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens want people to care about water conservation.

Ian Hodges teaches kids at Park Hill Elementary School while student holds up a timeline

Paving a STEMpath for teachers

Tech startup, nonprofit help University address K-12 shortage.

MSU Denver senior Lily Asadullina tests the pH level of different solutions with professor April Hill at a lab in the Science Building. The machine Asadullina uses called LabQuest gives audible instructions of pH levels to keep her independent while working. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Perfect chemistry

How a professor’s experiment of bonding with the blind has introduced hundreds of visually impaired students to science.

Wired to believe

Why do easily disproved conspiracy theories persist and spread? Psychology explains 5 ways our brains are to blame.

Students Alan Silva and Rayito Ornelas from partner institution Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Zapopan, Mexico touch the water at one of the ponds at the Botanic Gardens in Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Ripple effect

Denver’s urban university and botanic garden team up to make an even bigger impact on water issues in Colorado.

Moving the needle on ‘moving people’

Here's how RTD approaches the data that will determine the future of public transportation in Denver.


Under the surface of sci-fi

Film series explores xenophobia, sexism and other social issues through fantasy

Scott Margolis is executive director of national advisory cybersecurity, data protection and data privacy at Ernst & Young LLP. Photo by Michael Paras

Power in persistence

It took Scott Margolis 21 years to graduate from college. Today, he’s a cybersecurity leader at a Big Four accounting firm.

MSU Denver’s new Skills Lab provide job-seekers with the training they need to land jobs in fields that will grow – and be created – as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 recession.

Ready for the future of work

MSU Denver’s new Skills Lab provides job-seekers with free virtual training in fields that will grow – and be created – as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 recession.

Jonathan Spencer Martinez was one of 10 students who traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, last summer to put humanitarian engineering into practice.

Solving big problems with small solutions

When it comes to career choices, student Jonathan Spencer Martinez is thinking small – as in nanotechnology.

MSU Denver senior Carl Payne tries out his solar eclipse glasses outside of the new AES building on Auraria Campus. The eclipse is scheduled to start in Denver on Aug. 21, 2017 at 10:43 a.m. and will end at 1:14 p.m. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Something new under the sun

As solar-eclipse fever is sweeping the nation, here's a look at why it’s a big deal now – and why it has been for millennia.

For the past 14 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has been home to one of three grant-funded Teaching With Primary Sources regional hubs that offer professional development for educators and administer grants to universities, school districts, library systems and other organizations on behalf of the Library of Congress.  Photo by Peggy O

Straight from the source

Smithsonian and Library of Congress throw open their digital doors, giving teachers access to troves of unfiltered information

Stronger at the broken places

Fixing bone fractures has stayed the same for 200 years. These engineering students aim to change that via 3-D printing.

Outside of the OWOW building on 9th Street Park.

Take a Coffee Break with OWOW

Fill up a cup as we chat with Tom Cech and Nona Shipman from the One World One Water Center.

Alumna Michael Roos is charged up to begin doctoral studies in physics this fall, after completing a prestigious internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory this past summer. He stands here in front of a white board with complex equations written on it. Photo credit: Sara Hertwig

Tapping into your potential (energy)

Want to know one alum’s formula for landing a prestigious internship and a path to doctoral studies in physics? Read on.

TEDx MSU Denver Dave Gingerich space exploration

TEDx MSU Denver: From Homo sapiens to spacelings

WATCH: Lockheed Martin deep space exploration engineer Dave Gingerich reimagines a future in which our species' survival requires evolving to live entirely in space.

Dan and Paul Tighe mix drinks at Tighe Brothers Distillery in Denver

That’s the spirit

For alum Dan Tighe, a distillery is a family affair.

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.

Graduates of the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science thrive in a hidden and high-demand health care profession. Photo: Sara Hertwig

The scientists you’ll never meet, who might just save your life

Graduates of the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science thrive in a hidden and high-demand health care profession.

Antonio Bellisario, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, stands amid a rock glacier in the Chilean Andes. “Chile is going through a process of changing the water laws,” Bellisario said. “There’s a whole impetus now from civil society for glaciers to be protected.”

The shape of water's future

MSU Denver-led research in the Andes targets solutions to Chile’s dwindling supply.

A woman walks through snow showers on the Auraria Campus on Jan. 5, 2017.

The truth about winter in Denver

Think the Mile High City is a bleak, freezing snowscape during the cooler months? Think again.

How does a federal officer end up as the top tech leader in a construction firm? For Jim Qualteri, it

The Unlikely CIO

How does a federal officer end up as the top tech leader in a construction firm? It’s all about problem-solving and leadership.

Scott Mourer, left, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Industrial Design, and student Hayden Schramm discuss the 1940s-era beer truck that they

Tivoli truckin'

PHOTOS: Restoration begins on a piece of Tivoli Brewing Co. history

Chris Spears, an MSU Denver graduate and affiliate faculty member, delivers a weather forecast for CBS4 in Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Talk about the weather

Here's how TV meteorologists are adapting to a rapidly changing media climate.

Virtual Japantown

Virtual reality reveals new possibilities for remote learning

With her campus closed, this Japanese-language professor took her students on an immersive, experiential field trip in Second Life.

Jeff Pollmiller (left) and Greg Lopez (right), graduates of MSU Denver’s co-op program, work with one of Lockheed Martin

Wanted: apprentices. Must love work

Why programs that blend work-based learning and traditional academics might be the future of higher education.

At Denver Botanic Gardens, they’re using the water they pull from the air to water an herb garden, which it turn is used in Pizza sold at the Botanic Garden’s Hive Garden Bistro. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Water, water, everywhere …

How the emerging practice of capturing vapor may provide an answer to drought – and a tasty lunch

Engineering students want to add electricity to your commute, will debut charger at April 21 research conference.

When riding your bike also charges your phone

Engineering students want to add electricity to your commute, will debut charger at April 21 research conference.

Wilton Flemon began his teaching career at MSU Denver in fall of 1969. Currently Flemon is a professor of chemistry and has been teaching online classes since the mid 1990’s. The online classes he designed and taught are: chemistry and society, principles of chemistry lecture and laboratory and environmental chemistry. He

A new way to postdoc

A 50-year champion for equity leads a new fellowship reimagining the process for building a diverse faculty.

A January 2018 study by the nonprofit Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of women in STEM experienced discrimination in the workplace versus 41 percent of women in non-STEM jobs and 19 percent of men in STEM. Photo by Mark Stahl

Women in STEM

Here's how female STEM students deal with gender-based challenges and how alums in the workforce are making it work.