Irrigation in a crop field

Research on soil moisture aims to improve irrigation models

March 16, 2021

CU Boulder researchers gave computer models of land surface different amounts of information on soil moisture and then evaluated how well irrigation can be predicted from them. Being able to do this on a large scale would be a useful step toward understanding how sensitive irrigation and evapotranspiration are to climate change.

tsunami aftermath boat in road

Dashti reflects on anniversary of Fukushima disaster

March 12, 2021

Associate Professor Shideh Dashti answered some questions on the anniversary of the disaster. Her team in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering researches the influence of extreme events on interacting soil-foundation-structure systems and the resilience of urban infrastructure.

Kyri Baker

Kyri Baker to address long standing grid optimization problems

March 9, 2021

Baker's research focuses on power systems, smart grid, renewable energy, building-to-grid optimization, and applications of machine learning in energy. Her project is titled “Learning-Assisted Optimal Power Flow with Confidence.”

Kyri Baker

Research explores how electric vehicle adoption may impact vulnerable communities

March 8, 2021

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are exploring how widespread use of electric vehicles in the future may impact vulnerable communities.

Penina Axelrad

Axelrad leading the way through positioning, navigation and timing

March 5, 2021

Penina Axelrad has built her career pushing the boundaries of GPS technology. As a faculty member in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, she has earned accolades from her peers, served in leadership positions, taught hundreds and hundreds of students, been inducted into the National Academy...

Snake skin

Snakeskin inspires new, friction-reducing material

March 2, 2021

A research team led by CU Boulder has designed a new kind of synthetic “skin” as slippery as the scales of a snake. The research, published recently in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials & Interfaces, addresses an under-appreciated problem in engineering: Friction.

Cross-sectional SEM image of the spin-coated MAPbI3 film processed from DMF precursor solution (annealed for 5 s at 100 °C) on a PTAA-covered ITO glass substrate.

Growing a better, more affordable solar cell from perovskite

March 2, 2021

While solar panels have traditionally used silicon-based cells, researchers are increasingly looking to perovskite-based solar cells to create panels that are more efficient, less expensive to produce and can be manufactured at the scale needed to power the world.

Image of complex interaction of proteins

Velcro-like cellular proteins key to tissue strength

March 1, 2021

Where do bodily tissues get their strength? New CU Boulder research provides important new clues to this long-standing mystery, identifying how specialized proteins called cadherins join forces to make cells stick—and stay stuck—together.


New wave technique allows for better understanding of the skull

Feb. 25, 2021

Matteo Mazzotti is the first author on two new studies that measure the dynamic response of the human skull, potentially providing a new and non-invasive way to monitor the cranial bone and brain.


NSF Broader Impacts webinar with ADR Massimo Ruzzene

Feb. 24, 2021

Broader impacts are one of two criteria used by the National Science Foundation to evaluate every grant proposal. Join Associate Dean for Research and former NSF Program Director Massimo Ruzzene, for an online discussion of what broader impacts can mean and how to better integrate those activities into your research.