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.


Colorado air is getting dirtier and dirtier

By: - July 14, 2021

It’s not the altitude that’s making it hard to breathe — it’s the dirty air. It’s no secret that Colorado’s air quality has been in decline for years. This week alone saw health alerts for both smoke-filled skies and ozone levels that had already prompted the Environmental Protection Agency in 2019 to label Denver as […]


Delta variant Q&A

By: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates […]


Examining our hidden bias

By: - July 1, 2021

Pride Month and Juneteenth may have passed, but the time to address systemic biases of all kinds certainly hasn’t. To start, a riddle: A father and his son are in a car crash. The father dies. The son is brought to the emergency department for life saving surgery. Upon entering the room, the surgeon shouts, […]


Leave God out of government

By: - June 23, 2021

A minister, a priest and a rabbi go to Washington. There is no punch line. All of them should uphold the separation of church and state. It often shocks people when I say I don’t believe in God. To them, it’s as if all of my morality hinges upon agreeing to a single, socially constructed […]


The air conditioning paradox: How staying cool makes it hotter

By: - June 16, 2021

Ain’t nobody got the words like a Southerner when it comes to heat waves — and this week, there’s gonna be a whole lotta hens layin’ hard boiled eggs. But before you reach for the thermostat, think twice. Every degree you turn it down, you’re turning up the dial on climate change. The air conditioning […]


Democrats should call on Tay Anderson to resign

By: - June 2, 2021

For once, I (mostly) agree with Jimmy Sengenberger. With multiple ongoing sexual assault investigations, and extensive impact to Denver Public Schools, it’s time for Colorado Democrats to call out their 2020 Rising Star Award winner: School Board Secretary and Member-at-Large Tay Anderson should resign immediately. Republicans — hold the champagne. Those of you gleefully awaiting […]


Legislative trio brings ’embodied carbon’ bill to the table

By: - May 27, 2021

You’ve heard of climate change. Have you heard of embodied carbon? If not, you aren’t alone. When it comes to green initiatives, we often turn to topics such as renewable energy or electric vehicles. Yet embodied carbon — the comprehensive carbon footprint of a material — contributes notably to greenhouse gas emissions. Embodied carbon is […]


Masks off: The nuance behind the CDC’s controversial decision

By: - May 19, 2021

In other times, a “masks off” announcement might have been celebrated. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped straight into controversy. The confusion was palpable. Debates immediately spun out over whether the CDC’s decision to remove masks was backed by science. Some experts quickly condemned the decision. The largest nurses’ union came out […]


Why Coloradans should care about Senate Bill 200

By: - May 12, 2021

In January, Gov. Jared Polis set forth a climate roadmap for Colorado. Now, he is threatening to veto the very legislation required to meet his goals. This should raise the eyebrows of every Coloradan — particularly those who voted for him. The backstory: In 2019, fresh off a wave of new elections, Democrats introduced House […]


Anti-vaxxers and the never-ending pandemic

By: - May 6, 2021

In 2020, American taxpayers poured over $700 billion into the Department of Defense. At the same time, nearly 600,000 Americans died of a virus within our borders. It’s a telling equation of American priorities and the perception of freedom. This imbalance has been the mantra of a selfish minority of so-called patriots for the entire […]

CU Boulder move-in

University of Colorado should mandate COVID-19 vaccines

By: - April 28, 2021

Editor’s note: The University of Colorado system announced on the afternoon of April 28, 2021 — hours after this commentary published — that it would require all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before the 2021 fall semester, as columnist Trish Zornio called for in the below commentary. CU was joined by […]


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 […]