Shaz Zamore, ATLAS instructor and STEM outreach coordinator, coauthored this blog affiliated with the Integrative and Comparative Biology journal. "Having a network of fellow Black nature and STEM enthusiasts encourages us to contribute ideas and perspectives our non-Black peers may not have considered," Zamore wrote with coauthor Alexus Roberts. "In turn, starting these conversations can promote political discourse that may not have otherwise occurred. Simply put, our presence is change."
At a time when the field of human-computer interaction is becoming more important than ever, ATLAS researchers are making substantial contributions. For CHI '20, the world's leading conference for HCI, ATLAS researchers contributed nine papers and organized two workshops.
In this short video, Fiona Bell, ATLAS Creative Industries student and member of the Living Matter Lab, shares a class project she completed for Design Foundations where she made a variety of bioplastics for a range of different applications. In recognition of both her bioplastic research and academic achievements, Bell recently won two CU Boulder awards totaling $5,000.
Laura Devendorf, an assistant professor of information science with the ATLAS Institute, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, providing $550,000 over five years to support the development of smart textiles. The award is one of the most prestigious given to faculty in the early phases of their careers.
Aileen Pierce, BS-CTD associate director, senior instructor with CU engineering and a member of ATLAS faculty since 2004, recently returned from Rwanda, where she taught an advanced mobile application development course at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.
From their homes, three members of the ATLAS Institute community have completed parts for roughly 320 face shields, and this is only the beginning. As they continue to print more shields, the three are experimenting with ways to increase production speed. At the same time, three more ATLAS faculty members recently joined the effort, also printing face shield parts from home.
A business start-up team led by two ATLAS Creative Industries master’s students took fourth place in CU Boulder’s 2020 New Venture Challenge (NVC), beating 142 competing entrepreneurial startup ventures and winning $12,500 for their company at the 12th annual NVC.
Student Michelle Galetti considered leaving school after hearing loss. Instead, she continued her studies and developed a product that would give deaf people an experience of music.