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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

New CU program for space buffs

Courtesy of www.pexels.com

The University of Colorado Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for undergraduate students.


Classes in the new program include plenty of science and engineering, but also courses like Philosophy and Science Fiction or the curiously-named Future of Spaceship Earth. This wide variety, which also includes law, history, art, music, film and geography classes, is meant to attract students from all majors on campus.

“That’s all tied in with the growing space industry on the Front Range here. They’re hiring students from CU,” said Steve Nerem, a faculty director of the program and an aerospace engineering professor. “A lot of students graduate from here and want to stay on the Front Range.”

Students who pursue the minor will all take one introductory course, plus an additional four classes that align with their own majors and interests.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.