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Origami comes to life with new shape-changing materials

July 22, 2021

Imagine opening up a book of nature photos only to see a kaleidoscope of graceful butterflies flutter out from the page. Such fanciful storybooks might soon be possible thanks to the work of a team of designers and engineers at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute.

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ATLAS research spins off to Catalyze CU

June 21, 2021

Two teams from the ATLAS Institute were selected to participate in Catalyze CU, a highly selective, summer-long startup accelerator that combines world-class mentorship, funding and dedicated co-working space.

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ATLAS @ CHI 2021

May 14, 2021

ATLAS researchers have 10 published works and one special interest group associated with the CHI 2021 conference, the world’s preeminent conference for the field of human-computer interaction. Held virtually, CHI 2021, also known as ACM’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, took place May 8-13.

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Assistant Professor Carson Bruns receives Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant from the Colorado OEDIT

Dec. 2, 2020

Assistant Professor Carson Bruns received $142,080 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)'s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program for the project, Invisible Melanin: Permanent Transparent Tattoos that Reduce Skin Cancer and Aging Rates.

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Researchers scale up tiny actuator inspired by muscle

Nov. 12, 2020

Professor Franck Vernerey and ATLAS Assistant Professor Carson Bruns received $477,000 from the National Science Foundation to begin research on a new kind of biocompatible actuator that contracts and relaxes in only one dimension, like muscles.

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Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats

Sept. 24, 2020

ATLAS Assistant Professor Carson Bruns discusses how nanotechnology can give tattoos biomedical applications. He discusses recently-published research on tattoos that alert an individual when their skin needs protection by employing ink that is only visible when exposed to UV light.

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Carson Bruns speaks at Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo

Sept. 20, 2019

Carson Bruns , assistant professor of mechanical engineering with the ATLAS Institute, speaks at the Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo , Sept. 27-29 at the National Western Complex in Denver. His talk will address the future of tattoos, a subject he also covered in a TedXMileHigh talk last November.

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Carson Bruns discusses STEAM careers at Denver's Belmar Library

Sept. 18, 2019

Carson Bruns , assistant professor, discusses careers in STEAM at the Belmar Teen Science Café at the Belmar Library in Denver on Sept. 25. Bruns will discuss the potential of technologically enhanced tattoos and allow some hands-on experience with tattoo-ink at the café, which offers Jeffco-area teens opportunities to meet...

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Carson Bruns speaks at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Sept. 4, 2019

Carson Bruns speaks at Children’s Hospital Colorado during a biomedical summit for Boettcher Foundation college scholarship recipients and foundation investigators that runs Sept. 11–13.

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Carson Bruns presents at the "me Convention" in Frankfurt, Germany

Sept. 4, 2019

Assistant Professor Carson Bruns presents at the "me Convention," in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 11–13. A collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and South by Southwest, the event describes itself as, "a ‘future lab’ for exploring major issues and promising ideas for society, business, science and our planet."

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