Congratulations to assistant professor Tom Yeh, who has been chosen to receive the 2014 Student Affairs Faculty Member of the Year Award! The CU-Boulder Division of Student Affairs gives the award annually to faculty members who demonstrate outstanding engagement with students and who make substantial contributions to Student Affairs.
Associate professor Richard Han, doctoral student Mike Gartrell and their team are working to pioneer an algorithm that would allow businesses and websites to make recommendations for groups, much like Amazon and Netflix do for individuals. They're starting by using an app called SocialDining to collect data on how groups make decisions.
Devon Tivona and Lianne Haug, who both graduated in May 2014, have created a mobile app called Varsity that helps college students discover events, clubs and classes based on their interests.
Haug told BuiltInColorado.com that while the the app great for students, it has also "big data" potential as well.
PhD student Sam Blackshear has won the Facebook Graduate Fellowship for 2014-2015. Sam is one of 11 students nationwide who have received the award. The Facebook fellowships support emerging research leaders who demonstrate potential to advance our mission of making the world more open and connected. Fellowships cover tuition and fees and provide a $30,000 stipend in addition to conference travel and other benefits.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished friend and colleague Emeritus Prof. Clarence "Skip" Ellis. Skip was one of the earliest founding members of our department, arriving in Boulder as an assistant professor in 1972. Skip left CU in 1975 to begin a long and productive career in academia and industry, including MIT, Stanford, and Xerox PARC, where he was part of the storied group of researchers who created the modern GUI interface.
The Correll Lab is currently working on a robotics project called Droplets. The Droplets are an experimental platform for large-scale swarming research. Using the new CU-Boulder Crowdfunding Initiative, they hope to gain support for continuing their reserach. For more information and to support their research please visit http://bit.ly/1n6ymi7.