Submit an essay to the Topplers Domino Awards by Oct. 15, 2014, and you could be headed to South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, in March!

Chambara video game

Junior computer science major Tommy Hoffmann and his team, Overly Kinetic, recently won the Dare to be Digital competition in Dundee, Scotland, and were one of three teams nominated for the prestigious Ones to Watch Award by the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA).  

Assistant professor Tom Yeh

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 that while the the app great for students, it has also "big data" potential as well.

Kids explore a Scalable Game Design game

A program designed at the University of Colorado Boulder to teach kids to code using video games is being introduced into New York City public schools as part of an initiative to give every student access to computer science education.

CS major William Luce is studying how to incorporate extremely localized weather data into the way performance is measured by GPS tracker apps.

BOULDER - For many children across America, picture books are the gateway to a literary world of imagination. But, if you can't see the picture books?

"If you can't see the pictures, sometimes it's like your missing out a little bit, I guess," Maddie Stallman, visually impaired 12-year-old, said.

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.