Research seed grant program impacts campus with $1.1 million in funding

April 24, 2017

The CU Boulder Innovative Seed Grant Program (ISGP), now in its 11th year, recently announced more than $1.1 million in seed funding through 23 grants, with a focus on interdisciplinary ventures that take investigators in high-risk, high-reward directions. This new round of funding is especially significant in light of the... Read more »
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Staff and students commended for sustainability efforts

April 21, 2017

A new sustainability certificate offering in the MBA program; 2,200 gallons of water per day captured at Williams Village North for re-use; and 1,500 pounds of food waste per day diverted from landfills. These are just a few examples of the results this year’s campus sustainability awardees have brought to... Read more »
John Rinn

RNA Biology Pioneer John Rinn Joins BioFrontiers Institute

April 11, 2017

When John Rinn was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, his focus was on skateboarding and snowboarding. However, a Chemistry 101 course sparked an interest in science where Rinn noticed that powerful chemical reactions could be broken down into simple steps just like a skateboard or snowboard trick. Rinn... Read more »
Aaron aziz

The Founders of Biomaterials

April 10, 2017

The Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting has been a regular stop during my Ph.D. career. From my first attendance at the 2014 conference in Denver to my most recent experience this year in Minnesota; it has become a very familiar place to me. I still remember the first time I... Read more »
Distinguished Professor Tom Cech. Photo: Glenn Asakawa / University of Colorado Boulder.

Nobel laureate Tom Cech wins 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize

March 24, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor Tom Cech, Colorado’s first Nobel Prize winner, has been named the 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize winner – the most distinguished award a faculty member can receive from the university. Cech, the director of the BioFrontiers Institute , shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry... Read more »
Katia Tarasava, IQ Biology Ph.D. Student

Curiosity killed the cat, but it may help you get the Nobel prize

March 17, 2017

I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose - which is the way it really is so far as I can tell - it does not frighten me. –Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Doctoral students have... Read more »
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The possibilities and limits of using data to predict scientific discoveries

Feb. 3, 2017

Amidst the vast and varied ecosystem of modern science, the emerging interdisciplinary field known as the “science of science” is exploring a difficult, but provocative, question: In the age of data science, are future discoveries now predictable? In an article published this week in the journal Science , CU Boulder... Read more »
Orangutans

New broad-spectrum antiviral protein can inhibit HIV, other pathogens in some primates

Jan. 18, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered that a protein-coding gene called Schlafen11 (SLFN11) may induce a broad-spectrum cellular response against infection by viruses including HIV-1. The new research, which was recently published in the journal PLOS Pathogens , found that SLFN11's antiviral potency is highest in non-human primate species... Read more »
Jens Schmidt

BioFrontiers postdoctoral fellow first Coloradan to receive prestigious award

Jan. 12, 2017

If an anti-aging regimen that involves telomeres – part of the human chromosome – sounds too good to be true, it probably is, says Jens Schmidt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Cech Lab at CU Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute . “There are all these products out there that say ‘hypercharge your... Read more »
Bob Garcea

$1.1 million grant funds CU Boulder research into next-generation vaccines

Nov. 4, 2016

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop next-generation vaccines that require no refrigeration and defend against infectious diseases with just one shot. If successful, those advancements could radically transform the difficult task of dispensing life-saving immunizations in... Read more »

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