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Ellen Yi-Luen Do and Carson Bruns win graduate school awards for outstanding mentorship

May 4, 2022

Praised by their graduate students for their scientific competence, work ethic, creativity and compassion, two ATLAS professors received Outstanding Faculty Mentor awards from CU Boulder’s Graduate school on May 3, an honor bestowed this year on only 18 faculty members campus-wide.

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ATLAS PhD candidate Kailey Shara wins top award in NVC 2022

April 15, 2022

First-place New Venture Challenge winner, Chembotix, was awarded $45,000 for its work on speeding up the pace of chemistry research and development. Making molecules in current laboratory settings is typically time-consuming and dangerous; Kailey Shara's automation makes the process faster and safer.

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Augmenting Books With Tangible Animation

Jan. 31, 2022

SIGGRAPH sat down with Purnendu, a PhD student in the ATLAS Institute and a researcher at Meta Reality Labs, to talk about his team’s SIGGRAPH 2021 Labs project, “Electriflow: Augmenting Books With Tangible Animation Using Soft Electrohydraulic Actuators.” The team's actuator technology strives to augment animation within physical books.

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High-tech tattoos may help prevent skin cancer

Nov. 15, 2021

Carson Bruns, assistant professor and director of the Emergent Nanomaterials Lab, and his research team are collaborating with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to test a tattoo ink that’s completely invisible—and could lower the risk of skin cancer, much like a “permanent sunscreen."

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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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