Tom Cech

Learning to love the classroom: A Q&A with Best Should Teach Keynote, Professor Thomas Cech

Aug. 23, 2017

Thomas Cech is well recognized by the scientific community and as Colorado’s first Nobel Prize Laureate. A distinguished professor of chemistry and the director of CU Boulder BioFrontiers Institute, Cech has dedicated his career to scientific discovery. Yet, Cech is also well known by scores of first-year students who have...

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Bacteria have feelings, too

Aug. 15, 2017

For humans, our sense of touch is relayed to the brain via small electrical pulses. Now, CU Boulder scientists have found that individual bacteria, too, can feel their external environment in a similar way. In a new study, CU Boulder researchers have demonstrated that E. coli bacteria cells get excited...

Graduate Research Assistant Giancarlo Bruni

Giancarlo Bruni named Gilliam fellow for minority mentorship

Aug. 14, 2017

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced today the 2017 Gilliam Fellowship awardees —exceptional doctoral students who have the potential to be leaders in their fields as well as the desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences. CU Boulder Graduate Research Assistant Giancarlo Bruni is one of...

Tactile sensors mounted on a commercial gripper (Nikolaus Correll)

Accelerating innovation: 7 research teams receive commercialization grants

May 11, 2017

Seven CU Boulder research teams have been selected to receive grants for the development of commercially-promising technologies. A total of 21 applications were reviewed by a panel of external judges made up of entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and intellectual property attorneys from around the country. Six of the seven awards...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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