Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio is a scientist, lecturer and writer who has worked at some of the nation's top universities and hospitals. She’s an avid rock climber and was a 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.


CDPHE alleges water quality violations by Boulder County mining company

By: - November 17, 2021

Colorado water quality regulators have issued a cease and desist order to the owner of two hard-rock mines located just outside the town of Nederland, alleging the mines have discharged potentially hazardous pollutants well in excess of permitted levels into nearby watersheds. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Water Quality Control Division issued […]


Republicans and Polis failed to learn their lesson on COVID-19

By: - November 3, 2021

In the fall of 2020, Gov. Jared Polis failed to enact statewide precautionary measures going into the holidays. Cases soared, and Colorado experienced its highest case, death and hospitalization rates of the pandemic to date. This year, he’s doing it again.  For Coloradans tracking the state’s progress — or rather, the lack thereof — it’s […]


Coloradans are in for a grim holiday season as COVID-19 cases soar

By: - October 28, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of year — except, perhaps, for Coloradans. Although 45 states are celebrating the peace of mind that comes from declining COVID-19 cases, this is not so in the Centennial State. Here we are celebrating our personal freedoms from inconvenient precautionary measures with overflowing hospitals and weekly positivity rates nearing double […]


Biden should forgive $50,000 per borrower in student debt

By: - October 20, 2021

On Feb. 4, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer and Rep. Ayanna Pressley led the reintroduction of a bicameral resolution to address student loan debt. In it they called for President Joe Biden to use executive action for the cancellation of up to $50,000 of student loan debt per borrower. They were joined by dozens […]


Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.

By: - October 13, 2021

More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a disease as the immediate impacts such as a […]


The costs of not spending $3.5 trillion

By: - October 6, 2021

For weeks there’s been intense debate regarding a proposed $3.5 trillion-dollar budget plan facing the U.S. Senate. Some Democrats say we should spend more. Others say we should spend less. For the most part, Republicans say no to the whole darn thing. Politics are fun, are they not? Surely, dollars matter. Anyone making the case […]


10 ways Lauren Boebert has failed Coloradans

By: - September 29, 2021

If Rep. Lauren Boebert has mastered anything about politics it’s how to get attention. Loaded guns on Zoom? Temper tantrums with House security? Articles to “imeach” President Biden?  Yes, yes and yes. It’s easy to focus on her antics. They’re egregious by design. With each provocative tweet and mind-numbing speech she rakes in millions of […]


Breaking down the debate over booster shots

By: - September 15, 2021

For days, news outlets have lit up with the growing controversy over booster shots. The question: “Do Americans need booster shots, and, if so, when?” On the one hand, President Joe Biden announced his administration would aim to secure booster shots by the end of September. However, these plans were announced prior to a completed […]


5 facts anti-abortion activists get wrong

By: - September 8, 2021

Want to reduce abortions?  Great — but doing so doesn’t require unconstitutional abortion bans. Conversations on female reproductive biology have long been muted. The duct tape is often applied by religious and conservative sects that historically view even the most basic utterances of sexual education as lewd. The result? A fundamental lack of understanding of […]


Vaccines for kids are coming but they can’t be rushed

By: - September 1, 2021

For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in:  Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy.  After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]


I quit teaching over COVID-19

By: - August 25, 2021

It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]


Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

By: - August 18, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access.  When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]