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.


Polis misses the mark without stay-at-home order

By: - November 11, 2020

One of the things I’ve always liked about Gov. Jared Polis is his affinity for data. As a proud owner of tweed jackets with elbow patches, my brain lights up like a Christmas tree when he casually tweets about quantum mechanics or Schrödinger’s cat. Polis’ quirks aren’t new to me. I spent roughly 10 years […]


Redefining normal for a post-Trump era

By: - October 28, 2020

Lately, I’m not exactly a ray of sunshine. With each grim milestone reached, it feels as if we’ve tumbled to political rock bottom only to find a new trap door leading further below. After years spent in a perpetual state of crisis, I find myself wondering if we can ever return to normal — and […]


Answers to common COVID-19 and vaccine questions

By: - October 21, 2020

With the bleak anniversary of COVID-19 just around the corner, the following addresses common questions about what to expect over the next year and beyond. How long will the pandemic last? There are many variables, but expect at least three to five years from the point of origin (late 2019). This is the period of […]


The hypocrisy of Trump using medical science

By: - October 7, 2020

All good con men master the art of deceit. President Trump is a very good con man. Prior to contracting the virus himself, the president had all sorts of remedies to offer the American public: Try “light inside the body,” he said. Take hydroxychloroquine “before you catch it,” he said. Injecting disinfectants is “interesting,” he […]


Republicans face the consequences of denying science

By: - October 3, 2020

If America feels like an Amtrak barreling down the tracks with the brake line cut, rest assured you’re not alone. The silence has been deafening — no one seems to want to say it outright. Perhaps it feels uncouth to acknowledge a COVID-19 outbreak at the White House was preventable while the president lies in […]


Trump has COVID-19: What it means for Biden and the Supreme Court

By: - October 2, 2020

After months of mostly refusing to wear masks, President Trump and his wife are now reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.  Initial reactions have varied widely, from concern for the Trumps, to concerns for former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife to even skepticism of the positive test entirely. But with a little […]


Climate change will kill more people than COVID-19

By: - September 30, 2020

Smoke first filled my home two months ago. For once in the Mile High state, inhaling isn’t the answer. Most days my weather app now reads “unhealthy air quality.” Headaches, fatigue and a scratchy throat have become as much of my daily routine as caffeine and pajama-pant Zoom calls. At least once a week I […]


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Replacing the irreplaceable

By: - September 23, 2020

Black wool crepes drape over the chair that once held her 100-pound frame. The court’s flag remains at half-staff. Mourners pay their respects by the thousands. It feels like five feet small has never stood so tall. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the definition of a legal legacy. Even after passing, she continues […]


How to know when a COVID-19 vaccine is safe

By: - September 16, 2020

In normal times, vaccine safety is easily recognized. These aren’t normal times. Despite robust science, public trust of a COVID-19 vaccine is at an all-time low. After months of coronavirus lies and misinformation fueled by President Trump, a recent poll found 54% of Americans would not get immunized if the vaccine were approved during the […]


Paid family leave is good for workers and businesses

By: - September 9, 2020

With Labor Day weekend behind us, it’s time for most of us to get back to work. But this November, Coloradans will get to decide if new parents can be paid to stay home. For most nations, the plethora of scientific evidence has already provided a resounding “yes” to paid family leave. Across multiple disciplines, […]


Conspiracy theorists are on the rise in Colorado

By: - September 2, 2020

If coronavirus made toilet paper a hot commodity, conspiracy theorists may soon leave us with a growing shortage of aluminum foil. Conspiracy theories in Colorado used to be (almost) fun. From wild tales of a 32-foot demon stallion nicknamed Blucifer, to decades of speculation on airport tunnels, the Illuminati, hidden secrets of mountain defense centers […]


University faculty should unionize amid COVID-19

By: - August 26, 2020

I love my job as a university lecturer — I just wish I got paid more than $22,500 per year to do it. As the school year starts, coronavirus is quickly escalating classroom challenges. Teachers who previously worried about lack of pay, no textbooks and too-large class sizes now also face unfamiliar digital infrastructures and […]