Spotlight on Research - Summer 2012

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Research Center Spotlight: L3D

Center for LifeLong Learning and Design

Distinctive Facilities: Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

A new, revolutionary facility

New Projects - Summer 2012

Ryan Gill (ChBE) received $986,000 for work on "New Microbial Strain Engineering Tools and Platforms" from OPX Biotechnologies Inc.

Dragan Maksimovic (ECEE) and co-PIs Zoya Popovic (ECEE) and Regan Zane (ECEE) received two substantial awards: $1.05M for "Wafer-level Sub-module Integrated DC/DC Converter" from the DOE, and more than $617,000 for "GaN E/D Mode Buck Converter Development and Support for DARPA MPC Program." His collaboration with Barbra Farhar from CU-Boulder's Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI, has also recently added 10 new plug-in hybrid vehicles, or PHVs, to a CU-Boulder study that has been examining user experiences and system interactions since September 2010 in the local smart-grid environment. The increase will allow researchers to gather data from a broader base of participants.

Alexander Repenning's (CSCI) iDREAMS Scalable Game Design Summer Institute has been rewarded with a new $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. CU-Boulder researchers are tracking how video game design engages students in computational thinking and STEM simulation design.

Jacquelyn Sullivan (ITLL) and co-PIs Beverly Louie (ChBE), Daria Kotys-Schwartz (MCEN), and Kevin O'Connor (School of Education) received $536,000 for "Inclusive Excellence to Bolster Diversity: A System of Capacity-Building Pathways To and Through Engineering."

Research Metrics - Summer 2012

Congratulations to all of you. The research awards for FY12 are at a new high. Please let us in the ADR office know how we can help you to maintain and expand your successful research programs.

Research Awards for Fiscal Periods July-April:

Research Awards

Research Proposals Submitted for Fiscal Periods July-April:

Research Proposals Submitted

For a complete list of new projects, see the OCG Monthly Awards Report.

Research Center Spotlight: L3D

LifeLong Learning and Design

The Center for LifeLong Learning and Design (L3D) is part of the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. The mission of the center is to establish the scientific foundations for the envisionment, design, development, and assessment of socio-technical systems that serve as amplifiers of human capabilities and that will bring dramatic and transformative improvements in the ways people live, learn, work, and collaborate.

Over the 18 years of its existence, L3D has developed a unique research vision and identity to cope with some of the fundamental challenges facing our society in the 21st century. The center focuses on lifelong learning, design, and transformative innovative media in a variety of application domains including urban planning, energy sustainability, and cognitive disabilities. Within the University of Colorado, L3D has built collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships with faculty in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Department of Computer Science, the Institute of Cognitive Science, the Alliance for Technology, Arts and Society (ATLAS), the College of Architecture and Planning, the School of Education, the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), and the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. Beyond CU, the state, and the nation, the center has established numerous international collaborations.

Distinctive Facilities: Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

The new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, seen from the air.
Photo: JE Dunn

A new, revolutionary research and teaching facility at CU-Boulder will facilitate work on a wide swath of pressing societal challenges ranging from biomedical issues like cancer, heart disease, and tissue engineering to the development of new biofuels.

The new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building was designed to facilitate collaborations between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to address critical challenges in the biosciences through collaborative research and teaching. Located on East Campus, the new 336,800 square-foot facility will host more than 60 faculty and more than 500 researchers and support staff. The building will increase collaboration between the three units sharing the new facility - the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Division of Biochemistry, and the University of Colorado Biofrontiers Institute. All three units will benefit from the state-of-the-art research space and equipment.

The overall design concept of the building consists of "research neighborhoods" made up of efficient and flexible research laboratories and areas for associated laboratory support. A "main street" corridor through the facility is intended to help foster interaction and collaboration. The new facility is also expected to stimulate new jobs in Colorado's biotechnology industry.

One interdisciplinary research effort that will take place in the facility is being led by Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth (ChBE) to continue the development of injectable, biodegradable "scaffolds" to regenerate cartilage for human joints and also the regeneration of skin, blood vessels and bone. Anseth's team is also collaborating with Professor Leslie Leinwand of the molecular, cellular and developmental, or MCD, biology department on a tissue engineering effort to develop replacement heart valves through tissue engineering.

A lab in the new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building
Photo: Glenn Asakawa

Technology Transfer News - Summer 2012

New 3-D Super-resolution Imaging Techniques

Double Helix, LLC (Boulder, CO) and the University of Colorado recently completed an exclusive option agreement to allow Double Helix to develop a novel technique for 3-D super-resolution imaging. The technology was developed by Professor Rafael Piestun (ECEE). Super-resolution - techniques to enhance the resolution of an imaging system beyond the limitations set by the diffraction of light - is key to the development of next-generation microscopes and other optical instruments. The Double Helix optical technology combines 3D optics and a unique signal post-processing technique used for quality improvement in image processing.

CU-Developed Aircraft Nearing Commercialization

Propulsion by a novel jet engine is the crux of the innovation behind a University of Colorado Boulder-developed aircraft that is accelerating toward commercialization. Jet engine technology can be small, fuel-efficient and cost-effective, at least with Assistant Professor Ryan Starkey's (ASEN) design. Starkey and a team of students have developed a first-of-its-kind supersonic unmanned aircraft vehicle, or UAV. The UAV, which is currently in a prototype state, is expected to fly farther and faster using less fuel than anything remotely similar to date.

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Requirement for Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

In August 2009, NSF announced that all applicant institutions are required to have a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight in the ethical and responsible conduct of research (RCR) to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who receive salary or stipend support from awards associated with NSF applications submitted on or after January 4, 2010.

NIH requirements for RCR training on these mechanisms must be met by completing an interactive experience that involves at least 8 hours of face-to-face contact-based instruction and discussion. Online courses are NOT sufficient to meet NIH RCR training requirements. Information about the RCR requirement and how it may be met can be found on the Vice Chancellor for Research website. We welcome your feedback in general and encourage you to let us know how we can further help support your research programs. Contact any of us using the details below.

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We welcome your feedback in general and encourage you to let us know how we can further help support your research programs.

Kurt Maute, Associate Dean for Research
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Jeff Sczechowski, Assistant Dean for Research Opportunities
303-492-2615 or

Linda Rose, Coordinator for Research Facilitation
303-492-7287 or

Molly Riddell, Manager of Large Proposals
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