Spotlight on Research - Spring 2013

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Research Center Spotlight: BioServe Space Technologies

Celebrating 25 years

Distinctive Facilities: CEMS

Center for Environmental Mass Spectrometry

New Projects - Spring 2013

Xiao-Chuan Cai (CS) received $400K from NSF for “AF: Small: Fully Implicit Methods for Partial Differential Equations and Software for Hybrid Architecture.”

Aaron Clauset (CS) is working with the AFOSR on an award of $1.06M from the Santa Fe Institute for “Statistical Interference for Detecting Structures and Anomalies in Networks.”

Alireza Doostan (AES) and Co-PI Gregory Beylkin (Applied Math) received $449K from NSF for work on “A Model Reduction Approach to Stochastic PDEs: Forward Uncertainty Propagation and Stochastic Homogenization.” 

Eric Frew (AES) and Co-PI Brian Argrow (AES) were awarded $1.5 million from the AFOSR as part of a larger project on “Energy-Aware Aerial Systems for Persistent Sampling and Surveillance.”

Albin Gasiewski (ECE) and Co-PI Dirk Grunwald (CS) were awarded $500K from NSF for “Manifold-Based System for Passive-Active Spectrum Sharing.”  

Matthew Hallowell (CEAE) received a $400K CAREER award from NSF for “CAREER: Predictive Modeling of Construction Injuries in Complex Environments - An Integrated Research, Teaching and Outreach Plan."

Christine Hrenya (ChBE) and Co-PIs Daniel Schwartz (ChBE) and Alan Weimer (ChBE) were awarded $1.47 million from an international chemical company for “Cohesive Particle Fluidization.”

Dale Lawrence (AES) received $576K from Quest Product Development Corporation for work on “Microflex Technology for Early Detection of Lung Disease.”

Abbie Liel (CEAE) received a $400K CAREER award from NSF for “CAREER: A Multi-scale Methodology for Assessing the Reductions in Seismic Risk Possible through Building Retrofit Design and Policy, from Buildings to Communities.”

Shivakant Mishra (CS) and Co-PIs Qin Lv (CS) and Richard Han (CS) received a $700K award from NSF for “CSR: Medium: Highly Scalable and Accurate System Support for Detecting Misbehaving Users and Mitigating Criminal Activities in Realtime Online Video-Based Services.”  

Milos Popovic (ECE) was awarded a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, which comes with an unrestricted research grant of $875K over five years. This prestigious award was one of 16 nationwide this year.

Fabio Somenzi (ECE) and Co-PI Aaron Bradley (ECE) received a $470K award from NSF for work on “SHF: Incremental Inductive Verification: A New Direction for Model Checking.”

Research Metrics - Spring 2013

Congratulations to all of you! Please let us in the ADR office know how we can help you to maintain and expand your successful research programs.

Research Awards for FY 13 July-November

Research Proposals Submitted for FY 13 July-November

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

Research Center Spotlight: BioServe Space Technologies

It's been 25 years since Dr. Marv Luttges founded BioServe Space Technologies, a center within the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. In that quarter century, BioServe has designed, built and flown microgravity life science research and hardware on more than 40 space flight missions and has involved more than 130 students in space research. Over the years, BioServe payloads have launched on as many shuttle missions as has the most flown orbiter, Discovery - 39 to be exact. But with 43 total missions to date, including those on various other launch vehicles, BioServe payloads have actually flown in space more times than has any single orbiter!

Given the center's commercial research focus, it's also a notable coincidence that BioServe's 25th birthday also marks the transition to the beginning of the commercial ISS resupply era. Just this October, BioServe payloads carried to and returned from the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon. BioServe has a full suite of space flight certified hardware available for use by its customers and partners. The Center is a full-service, turn-key organization that enables its customers and partners to focus solely on research development while BioServe manages all other activities required to successfully fly experiments in microgravity. Learn more.

Distinctive Facilities: CEMS

The Center for Environmental Mass Spectrometry (CEMS) is a laboratory that focuses on the detection of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic contaminants in water and evaluates the effectiveness of methods for removing these compounds. Agilent Technologies Inc. provides the core liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer (LC/MS) instrumentation for the lab via collaboration. CEMS was established at the University of Colorado by Imma Ferrer, Ph.D., Karl Linden (CEAE), and E. Michael Thurman, Ph.D. and is housed in the environmental engineering laboratories in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department.

The CEMS team, led by Dr. Ferrer and Dr. Thurman, develops custom low-level concentration methods using LC/MS-MS for the detection of pesticides and pharmaceuticals at low ng/L level. They also carry out large-scale screening analysis for 100 pesticides and 50 pharmaceuticals using Accurate Mass Spectrometry (LC/TOF-MS) and characterize water samples to identify emerging contaminants. CEMS has engaged in research and consulting in collaboration with water and wastewater utilities, consulting engineers, state and federal governmental agencies, and academic researchers.

Instrumentation in the CEMS includes:

  • LC/QTOF-MS instrument (Agilent 6540): one of the most accurate time-of-flight mass spectrometers available
  • LC/TOF-MS instrument (Agilent 6220): for time-of-flight mass spec identification of non-target compounds and unknowns
  • Ion-trap LC/MS-MS instrument (Agilent XCT Trap): for confirmation of target compounds and study of fragmentation pathways
  • LC/QqQ-MS instrument (Agilent 6460): one of the most sensitive triple quadrupole mass spectrometers on the market

How Can We Help?

Research Development & Grant Writing News is a monthly newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations. Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC publishes this newsletter and it is available on our website under the “Research Strategy and Analysis Reports” section. This month’s edition features information on “Team Science,” proposal writing tips, agency news and updates, and funding opportunities.

Proposals for the 2013 Innovative Seed Grant are due Feb. 8, 2013 by 5 p.m. The online application will open on January 24, 2013. Seed Grants provide up to $50,000 and are intended to stimulate new and exciting areas of research and creative work on the CU-Boulder campus and are awarded to faculty researchers and research teams for research, scholarship, and creative projects. Further details will be posted at

CAREER Proposal Support for 2013
The ADR office has proposed a new support program for those of you writing NSF CAREER grants due in July 2013. CEAS Faculty will be encouraged to sign up for one of FTEP’s “Well Argued, Well Written” courses this spring taught by Elissa Guralnick. In mid-May, the ADR office will organize a Mock CAREER Review Panel with senior faculty and previous CAREER award winners. Following the Mock Panel Reviews, you will work with Don Wilkerson (from FTEP and the Writing and Rhetoric program) for 1-on-1 or small group follow-up writing workshops that address comments from the Mock Panel Review. Please email Jeff Sczechowski for more information.

For those who were unable to attend our “How to Work with Industry” workshop, information is posted on the ADR website.

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

Kurt Maute
Associate Dean for Research

Jeff Sczechowski
Assistant Dean for Research Opportunities

Linda Rose
Coordinator for Research Facilitation

Molly Riddell
Manager of Large Proposals

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