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Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio

Trish Zornio is a scientist and lecturer in behavioral neuroscience and research methodology at the University of Colorado Denver. She has worked for some of the nation's top universities and hospitals and has focused her personal efforts on enhancing the intersection of science and policy, as well as women in STEM. Zornio is an avid rock climber and was a 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.

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A just verdict is not justice, it’s accountability — and we need more

By: - April 22, 2021

It took about 10 hours for a jury to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, but we should not conflate the win with justice — this was accountability, and we need more of it. A stark reminder of the work yet to be done came when moments after the jury […]

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No, the pandemic is not over yet

By: - April 15, 2021

On Tuesday, Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon made a statement so irrational it would make pi jealous: “This pandemic is over,” he exclaimed. As Laydon spoke, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tallied yet another increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, a reflection of the state’s growing fourth wave.  None of this data […]

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Not all opinions deserve to be published

By: - April 12, 2021

Yes, it’s ironic to opine on opinions. For months, I’ve become increasingly salty as more and more patently false information gets published under the guise of “opinion” in otherwise credible news sources. I’m not talking about Fox News — that’s propaganda. I’m talking about reputable local and national news sources. It’s a disturbing trend, and […]

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Q&A: What to expect and how to get a vaccine in Colorado

By: - April 2, 2021

This is no April Fools. As of today, all Coloradans ages 16 and up qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine. The following is a guide on what to expect, how to sign up and why you should. What’s it like to get the vaccine? In my experience, the hardest part was getting an appointment (see below). […]

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Gun nuts are loving the Second Amendment to death

By: - March 25, 2021

This week’s piece started out about Colorado’s response to the pandemic. It was quickly upended on Monday afternoon when less than 15 minutes from my house a massacre unfolded at the local King Soopers. By 2 a.m., 10 of our neighbors were confirmed dead. It was the same store where my roommate had bought groceries […]

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Want women in political office? Support them now.

By: - March 17, 2021

It’s easy to chafe, but the only thing more tiresome than identity politics is being underrepresented for centuries due to identity politics. To be clear, it’s true that not all women lead equally — one need look no further than Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District for proof. But after multiple election cycles of exceptionally qualified and […]

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New variant in Colorado means it’s definitely not time to reopen

By: - March 10, 2021

This mutant is anything but a teenage ninja turtle. It was only a matter of time. Efforts to thwart the state’s recovery have existed since the start of the pandemic. From anti-maskers to anti-vaxxers, some Coloradans seem determined to prolong the virus’ impact. Sadly, their petulance is everyone’s loss. Enter B.1.351 — the South African […]

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Polar vortex highlights the need for grid innovation amid climate change

By: - February 17, 2021

As a deep freeze clamped down across North America, millions of homes in Texas lost power and experienced rolling blackouts. In Colorado, at least two energy companies requested residents reduce consumption to avoid a similar fate. On cue, politics quickly got in the way of facts. Baseless attacks on renewable energy as the primary cause […]

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Loosening restrictions too early increases risk of vaccine-escaping mutants

By: - February 10, 2021

We all want to reopen. With cases dropping, is it finally time? For Gov. Jared Polis, the answer is a partial yes. As of last Friday, the governor oversaw yet another revamp of the state’s pandemic dial, moving the goalpost to allow many counties to enjoy looser COVID-19 restrictions. Still, many experts remain hesitant. This […]

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State Rep. Karen McCormick brings science to lawmaking

By: - February 3, 2021

Some new lawmakers seek fame. Some, apparently, seek to overthrow the government. The good ones simply do the job we elected them to do. Newly elected state Rep. Karen McCormick is here to do the job. A Democrat representing House District 11, McCormick is a woman of science who holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture […]

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America 2.0

By: - January 21, 2021

President Joe Biden and Madam Vice President Kamala Harris. That sure feels good to say. So good, in fact, that I pushed back my weekly column by a day just so I could say it. And here we are. After years of error screens and powering down, America is finally rebooting. Version 2.0 begins with […]

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Congress now knows the fear of American school kids

By: - January 13, 2021

They all knew it could happen. They hoped it wouldn’t. Then one day it did. “We all got onto the floor and under the desk,” one survivor told The New York Times. They feared for their lives. Some ran. Some took cover. Others heard gunshots and the breaking of doors and glass. Confusion and panic […]