Luis Zea and the 16 Psyche asteroid

CU Boulder explores mining in space with bacteria

Aug. 7, 2019

Luis Zea is investigating the possibility of mining metals from asteroids in space using an unlikely agent: bacteria. It may sound like science fiction, but so-called biomining is already a reality on Earth. Now, Zea, and his co-investigator Jesse Colangelo in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences...

Teresa Lim

Undergrads show off their summer research projects

Aug. 6, 2019

Students will present findings from the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research on Thursday and Friday in the Gallogly DLC Collaboratory. These final presentations sum up the students’ work over the summer in various labs and provide a valuable chance to speak about their research to faculty, staff and other students.

An ethernet cord with a lock and computer code over running over it

AI and the First Amendment: Preparing engineers for tomorrow’s big questions

Aug. 2, 2019

This original research was created in partnership between the CEAS and CU Boulder’s LeRoy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment as part of its mission to encourage the study of topics relating to the nature, meaning and contemporary standing of First Amendment rights and liberties.

Micro-Indentation and Visualization system,

Soft material study could improve medical devices, other applications

Aug. 1, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new technique that can study friction between soft materials like those inside the body, paving the way for improvements to medical devices used by millions each year.

Brendan Heffernan adjusts optical components at a light table in the team's lab.

Sending doughnut-shaped beam through optical fiber may hold key to better brain imaging

July 31, 2019

PhD student demonstrates that the odd-shaped beam can be used to create a miniature stimulated emission depletion microscope capable of studying brain activity in freely behaving animals.

Computer screen showing code being written

Research examines impact of race, gender and ethnicity on community college students studying computer science

July 31, 2019

New research provides insights about computer and information sciences students in introductory courses at community colleges, including how best to retain students who have been historically underrepresented in the field.

Woman looks over Rome city view

CU Engineering offering grants for graduate global research

July 30, 2019

The new Graduate Student Global Enrichment Fund, launched in July, is intended to support graduate students collaborating with university partners around the world and responding to global research challenges.

combustion study in Greg Rieker's lab

A bright future for combustion research, Rieker receives Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

July 29, 2019

Associate Professor Greg Rieker has been awarded two of the top international awards in his field. After receiving the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award in September 2018, he was selected to receive the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award in April 2019.

Alex Hirst with a UAV.

Q&A with Smead Scholar Alex Hirst about his summer of severe storm research

July 24, 2019

Alex Hirst saw his first tornado recently, followed quickly by his second, third, fourth and fifth. As an aerospace PhD student and Smead Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder, he played an active role in the 2019 TORUS project – which took a team of...

A mock-up of what a LunaSat might look like on the moon.

Students to send hundreds of leaf-sized spacecraft to the moon

July 24, 2019

Fifty years ago today, the command module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, safely returning the first astronauts to set foot on the moon. Now, students from Colorado and across the world will continue that legacy of exploration via the Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone...

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