The skinny on resistant starch: can it really help you lose weight and prevent cancer?

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Janine Higgins, PhD Nutrition Research Director CU’s Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Auroraresistant-starch-healthy

Until approximately 15 years ago, it was believed that all starches were digested in the upper digestive tract and absorbed as sugars into the bloodstream. However, it has since been noted that some starches resist digestion in the upper digestive tract and, so, pass into the large bowel relatively intact. These starches are referred to as resistant starch (RS). In the bowel, RS is highly fermentable. It has the properties of both soluble and insoluble fiber and, thus, has been studied widely for its effects on bowel health. RS has been shown to increase bulk and decrease transit time and prevent the proliferation of pre-cancerous bowel lesions in rats. The metabolic benefits of RS include lowering post-meal blood sugar levels after consumption and increased fat burning. How are these processes related? What do we know about the mechanisms of action of RS, if anything? Do different mechanisms underlie the bowel and systemic effects of RS consumption? How can we consume more RS? Any other questions you’d like answered about RS?


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The Highlife in Colorado: Clearing the Smoke to Reveal the Science of Cannabis Analysis. November 15

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These experts in the field founded GOBI Analytics in 2014 shortly after legalization. Bugi Perrone was recently recognized as one of the 2016 CBE 50 Most Important Women in the Cannabis Industry. Gobi Analytical is one of the first state certified lab to get the green light to start testing retail marijuana products for contaminants like bacteria and mold. The company was number 36 on the 100 Top Ancillary Businesses of 2016 list.

They will educate on the analysis of both medical and recreational cannabis currently required by state – and what tests they would like to see standard.


The Rosetta Mission – Up Close and Personal with a Comet

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The Rosetta mission is one of the most ambitious space missions ever flown. Launched in 2004, Rosetta finally reached its goal – comet 67P/churyumov-Gerasimenko – in August 2014 when it became the first spacecarft to rendezvous with a comet. Not only will Rosetta escort and study the comet for more two years, but its lander, which touched down on the cometin November 2014, has performed direct measurements of the comet surface. In this cafe sci, Dr. Parker wil discuss the scientific goals of the mission, the difficulties of reaching and flying with an active comet, and some of the results obtained thus far.

Examining marijuana policy from a pharmacology point of view

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Kari Franson
PharmD., PhD BCPP, Associate Dean for Professional Education, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy

Boulder’s Ozone Gardens: Indicating our dirty air

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Danica Lombardozzi

Postgraduate, NCAR Earth System Laboratory


Unlike the good ozone found high in our atmosphere, ground-level ozone is a health hazard. In addition to the respiratory problems it causes in humans, ozone causes a number of negative effects on plants, from reduced crop yield for major agricultural crops such as soybeans and wheat to reduced amounts of carbon stored in trees. Some plants even show the damage on their leaves, and a few of those were selected for planting in the Ozone Gardens at NCAR and CU’s Natural History Museum.  In this presentation, Dr. Kateryna Lapina and Dr. Danica Lombardozzi will discuss why they planted the Ozone Gardens in Boulder and how the damage to plants occurs.