Terri Fiez, CU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation - CU Boulder: Becoming the Innovation University

CU Boulder is fortunate to be part of one of the most vibrant communities in the nation. From the entrepreneurial ethos of our startup community to the brainiac’s in the federal laboratories to the cool company employees, we have it all in Boulder. This presentation will feature how CU Boulder is partnering in research and innovation to bring together the best our community has to offer and where we need your help to realize the vision of one of the nation’s most innovative universities.

Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |  Pork Loin with Rosemary Gravy  |  Sautéed Vegetables  |  Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes  |  Cookies & Bars




Dec 13 - Chris Barge, Community Foundation
Dec 20 - Boulder Concert Chorale Holiday Program
Dec 27 - Dark for the Holidays

Red Badge Breakfast Date Change

In December, the Red Badge breakfast will be held on the second Thursday, December 12th. The topics for this month's agenda are related to club service.

Rotary Book Club meets Jan. 13

Boulder Rotary Book Club will meet Monday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Janet Beardsley's home, 5626 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. We will discuss  "An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago," by Alex Kotlowitz. Questions? Contact Sue Deans,, or Darla Schueth,

Saturday, February 8th, 2020
BRC Signature Event

Please mark your calendars for this year’s Signature Event on Saturday, February 8th starting at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa put on by our Foundation.  Tickets are $125 per person through December 31st so don’t be late!  (They will increase in price beginning January 1st.) 

Contact Nancy Chin Wagner at to purchase tickets.  We are encouraging you to invite your non Rotarian friends who would love to support a great cause and all tickets purchased include a tax deduction.
Sponsorships are available at several levels!  Please contact Christina Lui at for more information and to support this event.
For all other questions (including a great auction item donation) please contact Kitty deKieffer at  Thank you in advance for supporting our club so generously!

Share-a-Gift is collecting gifts for kids who may not have a Christmas present otherwise. Michelle Carpenter be at the BRC meetings on December 6th and 13th to collect toy donations.

If you want to learn more about Share-a-Gift, you can go to their website by clicking HERE.

BRC Holiday Happy Hour at Bacco on December 10

The next BRC Happy Hour will be on Tuesday, December 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Bacco Trattoria on Broadway and Yarmouth in North Boulder. Since this is our December Happy Hour, we are going to have some holiday fun with an OPTIONAL white elephant gift exchange. If you want to participate in the exchange, please bring a wrapped gift under $10 in value. It can be a gag gift, a regift, or even something nice. Feel free to use your creativity!


Remember Boulder Rotary In Your Year-End Giving!

The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation (BRCF) was founded in 1973 to support the good works of Boulder Rotary.  This year, the Foundation has contributed more than $175,000 to scholarships, Centennial projects, Youth Exchange, global grants, Imagination Library, disaster relief, CU Rotaract Honor Flight, and more. Member donations are the fuel to fund Boulder Rotary’s good works in the community and the world. As you make your year-end donations, please consider a donation to BRCF. Sustaining members contribute a minimum of $100 per year, and all donations count toward Steve Whitehead Fellowships. You can mail checks to BRCF, c/o Michael Weatherwax, 2995 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303-2318. Let’s keep the spirit of giving alive and well at Boulder Rotary!

Need Some New Light?

Trade-in your old incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs for LED bulbs that use 80% less energy and last 5 times longer. PPE committee will have light bulbs on hand and will give two LED bulbs for every old incandescent or fluorescent bulb brought to the meeting. Look for them at meetings in December.




Dec 3 - President John Sullivan
Dec 5 - Deborah Simmons, Arthur Dawson, and Shoni Kahn
Dec 6 - Dennis Frohlich
Dec 8 - David Hight

A big thank you to last week's donors to the BRC Birthday Scholarship Fund - Danny Lindau, Kitty deKieffer and Past President Gary Berg in Memory of Past President Karen McMurry.  What a wonderful giving way to celebrate a birthday. Your birthday is a great time to share the joy by supporting the BRC Scholarship Program by making a gift of $1 for every one of your years, or more, during the month of your birthday. Put Birthday Scholarships on the memo line of your check and mail to Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, 2995 Baseline Road, Suite 310, Boulder, CO 80303-2318.

New Member Introduction


Deborah Simmons

Deborah’s career spans several decades and includes work in the corporate and non-profit sectors.  For nearly 20 years after earning her MBA, she worked in leadership and organizational development as National Program Director for the American Leadership Forum in Houston and with the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego.  She also wrote training programs and facilitated sales efforts to win new work for Fluor Daniel, Bechtel and John Brown engineering and construction companies in North America and England, winning 80% of the proposal and presentation campaigns she led. 
After having two children, Deborah became the Board Chair for a community mental health center in Dublin, Ohio, leading it through a time of expansion.  She then helped to found a shelter in central Ohio to rehabilitate underage victims of sex trafficking.  In addition, she worked as a counselor in a women’s correctional facility where she also founded an ongoing women’s addiction recovery program.  That led to a second master’s degree in addiction counseling. 
In 2011, Deborah and her husband moved to Longmont, Colorado, where serves as Trustee for the Community Foundation of Boulder.  In late 2016, Deborah founded The Reentry Initiative to support women reentering from incarceration into Boulder County. As founder and board member, she volunteers her time to all aspects of TRI’s work.   Deb’s hobbies include playing piano, singing, hiking and knitting. We're so glad to have you as a member- welcome Deborah!

Member Transitions- Red Badge to Blue Badge


Linda Davidson

Linda got her BA in Psychology and Elementary Education and went on to teach school at Bixby School before changing careers to real estate.
Linda’s been a Real Estate Broker in Boulder since 1978. Linda now works with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services specializing in residential sales and investment properties all along the Front Range.
Linda’s been married since 1986, and has two children and four step-children. Linda has five (and a half) grandchildren. Growing up, her children were all active in all school sports- football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse.
Linda’s biggest passion is to travel. Linda’s now been on every continent except Antarctica and in every state in the U.S. So far, she counts Greece as her favorite country. Linda would love to do more travel and hopes for opportunities for helping people in other countries. She was encouraged to visit Rotary by several friends and her mother, who was the first female Rotarian in the Cayman Islands.

Since joining- Linda has jumped into Co-Chairing the Guest Introductions Committee with Marty Coffin Evans and has joined the Behavioral Wellness Initiative. 

Ronny Wells

Raymond O. “Ronny” Wells is Chairman of the Jacobs University Foundation of America, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Rice University, and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ronny received his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and thereafter had a 35-year career as a mathematics professor at Rice University in Houston.
Ronny won the Fulbright and Guggenheim awards in addition to the U.S. Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is a Fellow of the AAAS and the American Mathematical Society.
In 1970-71 and in 1979-80 he was a Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at Brandeis, Göttingen, Paris, Oxford, Colorado, and Bremen.
Ronny was a co-founder in 1998 in Bremen of Jacobs University (originally known as International University Bremen) which welcomed its first students in 2001.  In Boulder he is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Business Circle, President of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and a member of the Board of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since joining BRC, Ronny has joined the Membership Committee and Study Abroad Committee.


Daniel Baker "Societal and Economic Impacts of Space Weather"


Did you know there is intense weather in space? There are intense geomagnetic storms and solar storms and they affect Earth and the many complex and interdependent technologies we use run our world. This space weather has significant economic and societal costs.

Dr. Baker, Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics spoke to Boulder Rotary Club on November 22nd, about how the strong currents flowing in the ionosphere can disrupt and damage Earth-based electric power grids and contribute to the accelerated corrosion of oil and gas pipelines. Dr. Baker spoke about the larger picture of the socioeconomic impact of space weather- direct, indirect and collateral- on technology and its dependent infrastructures.
Throughout his long career, Dr. Baker focused primarily on studying the Sun, the Earth’s magnetic field and how the two interact with each other. He also looks at other planetary systems with this knowledge of the interplay between a star and a planet with (or without) a magnetic field as part of the planet’s atmospheric defenses.
Keeping it local, Dr. Baker wanted to focus on the effects of the Sun’s “weather” on humans in space, satellite operations, power grids and communication systems and even the climate of Earth.
He started by explaining that the Earth has a magnetic shield which emanates from the molten core of metals in the center of the planet. It is largely dipolar. (Which means, according to the Oxford English Dictionary: “a pair of equal and oppositely charged or magnetized poles separated by a distance.”) This magnetic field covers the earth and has a tail as we rotate around the sun. This magnetic shield, according to Dr. Baker, is the magnetosphere and it protects us from the solar winds and gasses from our sun as well as many of the cosmic rays that come at Earth from deep in the galaxy. The magnetosphere extends from the Earth about 40,000 miles- it is not a fixed boundary and responds to fluctuations in the magnetic field of the Earth as well as emanations from the Sun and other cosmic radiation sources. (Want to know more about our magnetic shield? NOAA has a few facts for you, click HERE.)
This magnetic field surrounding the Earth is so important to us that life probably would not have evolved without it.
Even with the magnetosphere around us, sometimes powerful energy from the sun can hit the magnetosphere, open a “gate” and penetrate it. Dr. Baker said this interaction causes powerful geomagnetic storms. The energy has to disperse, and it does that by flowing down toward the polar regions giving rise to what Dr. Baker called, “enhanced energetic particle populations” and what we might call the Aurora. (Photo by Swen Stroop.)
Dr. Baker shared Oscar Wilde’s observation that “Conversations about the weather are the last refuge of the unimaginative.” However, Dr. Baker said we need to talk about “space weather.” He defined space weather as the “dynamic conditions of the space environment that arise from emissions from the Sun, which include solar flares, solar energetic particles, and coronal mass ejections (CME). These emissions can interact with Earth and its surrounding space, including the Earth’s magnetic field, potentially disrupting electric power systems, satellite, aircraft and spacecraft operations; telecommunications; position, navigation, and timing services; and other technologies and infrastructures.”
The Sun has weather cycles (sun spot activity) which is usually in eleven year cycles. Dr. Baker said we’re in a very low period of sun activity right now. When it’s active, Dr. Baker said the Sun can produce coronal mass ejections and it can also produce huge fluxes of charged particles that blind “imagers in space.”
Right now, according to Dr. Baker, there are about 2000 active satellites around the Earth. About 1800 are in lower Earth orbit and there are plans to put thousands more satellites into service in the next few years. Even though most all of the satellites are within the field of the magnetosphere, the Sun’s activity can affect satellites – it can damage their electronics, cause interruptions in their communication, and cause physical damage to them. Dr. Baker said that it is hard to estimate the value of the civilian satellites in orbit above the Earth but it is in the range of hundreds of billions of dollars of equipment.
Lots of the world’s navigation devices depend on satellites. We normally refer to the service as GPS, the Global Positioning System. Within the last thirty years, GPS has been incorporated into more systems than most people imagine. It’s used heavily in construction, surveying, oceanography, seismic data collection, and communication services.
GPS is now integrated into airline navigation. Dr. Baker told the BRC that airlines used to have ground based navigational devices placed all over the U.S. and around the world. GPS made that system obsolete. That view was held until a very powerful geomagnetic storm in October of 2003 interrupted GPS systems communications rendering the whole system inoperable for about 30 hours.
Satellites are not the only technology vulnerable to the Sun’s emanations. The Sun can throw out high energy x-ray flairs that can disrupt high-frequency radio communication. (Airplanes still use high-frequency radio for their communications.) A flair like this can affect all of the communications in that frequency on the sun-ward side of the Earth during the flair.

Humans in space face a huge number of dangers from the Sun’s “weather.” You can see a partial list in the picture below.
Dr. Baker said one of the most likely and dangerous impacts of severe space weather events is on the power grid. Loss of power can have significant cascading impacts on a country. If you lose power it can mean that oil and gas cannot be pumped, which affects transportation for people and things like food and medicine. Without power, sanitation facilities cannot provide drinkable water. Communication is dependent on power as well. Dr. Baker showed a complex inter-dependency chart.
For the U.S., this is a particularly poignant threat. Many of the major components of the U.S. power grid are more than 50 years old and rely on degraded transformers making the whole thing very susceptible to the solar flairs or other types of Sun weather. It’s also happened that power outage in one region can cascade to other regions leading to longer and more widespread power outages.
What do we do? One thing to do is keep track of what the Sun is doing in the same way we monitor the Earth’s weather. Another thing to do is make sure policy makers around the world know about space weather and the possible affects on an unprepared populace. Those are the first steps to protecting against the affects of major solar storms on the magnetosphere. Other steps will include protecting vulnerable systems, and complex computer modeling to predict (if possible) major storms, flairs or CMEs.
With that, Dr. Baker ended his presentations and took questions, including what may happen if the magnetic poles either flip or change to a quadra-pole, as the Earth has done in the past.
There’s a lot happening at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics here in Boulder. Find out more at their website by clicking HERE.
Did you miss Dr. Baker’s program? You can watch it all on Boulder Rotary Club’s YouTube channel. (You can subscribe to get all our weekly programs too.) If you’d like to see it, just click HERE.
And don’t miss the rest of the meeting- you can see it by clicking HERE.

You can see our other programs and meetings in the BRC Program Archive. Click on the TV icon below, which will take you to the BRC Program Archive on our website. Please feel free to binge watch.

This article is a synopsis of the program presented to Boulder Rotary Club. The views and opinions expressed by the presenter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, policy or position of the Boulder Rotary Club and its members. 


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