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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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Boebert blocks journalist amid calls of sedition

By: - January 11, 2021

If there’s a face of the Colorado Republican Party, it’s Rep. Lauren Boebert. So you can imagine my surprise when roughly 48 hours after I authored a column referencing her seditious behavior, the congresswoman blocked me on Twitter. Now, I wouldn’t normally take notice of “Mean Girls” antics, but I work as a political columnist […]

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Why is anyone surprised Trump incited a coup?

By: - January 8, 2021

Mere days after the deadly terrorist uprising at the U.S. Capitol, details are still flooding out like a firehose: A Capitol police officer was murdered by terrorists. Other police officers appeared to assist the terrorists. The Pentagon limited the National Guard response, and Capitol police refused assistance. Former national security advisers acknowledge President Trump’s attempt […]

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It’s a coup, call it one

By: - January 7, 2021

In the aftermath of a violent uprising by pro-Trump terrorists in the U.S. Capitol, Americans are attempting to process what happened in the hallowed halls of Congress. So far, we know at least four people died, pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails were planted, firearms and weapons were carried, nooses were erected, Congress was evacuated and […]

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What is B.1.1.7 and why is it in Colorado?

By: - December 31, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jared Polis announced the first documented case of a novel strain of coronavirus in Colorado. Word spread quickly, prompting many questions: How did it get here? What is B.1.1.7? Will it impact vaccines? Is it more infectious? Here’s what we know from the science so far. The new strain — dubbed […]

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A scientist’s reflections on 2020

By: - December 30, 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, I can’t help but feel a small sense of relief and optimism. It’s not because vaccines are arriving, or because President Trump is almost out of the White House, although both certainly help. It’s because for the first time in what feels like forever there is a sliver of […]

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Two modRNA vaccines are authorized. Is one better?

By: - December 23, 2020

In America, the holidays have arrived with two authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Both come in small, shiny vials, and offer much hope in a grisly year. Now comes the hard part: One is from Aunt Pfizer, the other from Uncle Moderna. Which one should you take? Gratefully, overall the two vaccines are functionally siblings — they […]

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What is a modRNA vaccine and is it safe?

By: - December 16, 2020

The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58% of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refused to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist in me gets giddy, because with a little […]

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Colorado lacks effective COVID-19 public health campaign

By: - December 9, 2020

For over a year, scientists have worked around the clock to discover a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. With success well underway, the breakthrough can only be as robust as the public’s understanding of it. No doubt the federal response to the pandemic has left much to be desired. Under President Trump, consistent and factual […]

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Will Colorado’s leaders please stand up?

By: - December 2, 2020

Two-year-olds have nothing on some of Colorado’s current leadership. It’s hard to pick a favorite temper tantrum as of late. Is it Rep. Larry Liston wearing a mask on his bald spot to prove he doesn’t have to comply with rules? Is it Denver Mayor Michael Hancock who hypocritically boarded an airplane while advising residents […]

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Finding warmth and gratitude in 2020

By: - November 25, 2020

Ah, the holidays. A time of love and joy. But can we find grace in a year where hope feels like squeezing an empty toothpaste tube? The reality is that no amount of thankfulness will undo the harm caused by President Trump, and no amount of positivity will make COVID-19 disappear. No matter how much […]

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Reflecting on one year of a global pandemic

By: - November 18, 2020

It feels like I’ve aged a decade this year. Incredibly, and without fanfare, Nov. 17 marked the anniversary of the novel zoonotic coronavirus as first traced to humans. Since this time, we’ve learned a lot. Based on the rise of infections, it seems we’ve forgotten just as much. Pandemic fatigue is real. Whether you’re a […]

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Trump’s final wake of COVID death

By: - November 13, 2020

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell often refers to himself as the “grim reaper,” but it is President Trump who will have carried the scythe. The hole that’s been dug is deep. In the still-warm afterglow of a consequential rebuke of repeated lies and general malfeasance, the now disgraced one-term president will hand over the reins […]