rocky mountains

New speakers announced for the Rocky Mountain Mechanics Seminar Series

Jan. 18, 2022

The Rocky Mountain Mechanics Seminar Series provides CU Boulder faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to hear from researchers across disciplines from various institutions.

Inside the researcher's lab

How does Marshall Fire smoke affect indoor, outdoor air quality?

Jan. 14, 2022

Mechanical Engineering Professors Michael Hannigan and Marina Vance join scientists from CIRES and NOAA to install instruments in surviving houses to understand the smoke impacts on indoor air quality.

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The Conversation: Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID – new study

Jan. 14, 2022

Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Shelly Miller shares her recent air quality research about COVID-19 transmission with The Conversation.

Rajagopalan Balaji

Research in Focus: Climate Variability Past & Present with Rajagopalan Balaji

Jan. 11, 2022

Rajagopalan Balaji is a University of Colorado Boulder professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, and he is changing the way we see climate change.

Earth from space.

Thayer named to science team for six-satellite NASA orbital mission

Jan. 10, 2022

Professor Jeff Thayer is part of a major new NASA science mission to better understand our sun’s influence on generating space weather. Thayer is one of three interdisciplinary scientists chosen by NASA for the Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission to build and launch six satellites to provide the first direct...

A woman holding a COVID test

Testing only the unvaccinated may do little to curb spread of omicron

Jan. 6, 2022

New University of Colorado Boulder research suggests while unvaccinated-only testing policies make sense when the unvaccinated population is large, they have little impact on transmission when there are few remaining unvaccinated people to test.

fire ants

Video: Emergent behavior in fire ants

Jan. 6, 2022

Studying emergent behavior has long fascinated engineers, and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder just uncovered a distinct behavior in colonies of fire ants cooperating in flood situations.

Contracting heart cells exert forces on their genetic material

Mechanical forces in a beating heart affect its cells’ DNA, with implications for development and disease

Dec. 21, 2021

Professor Corey Neu explains how his team found that mechanical forces can reorganize the genetic material inside the nucleus of heart cells and affect how they develop and function.

Tanja Cuk in black suit coat

Cuk Research Group isolates reaction step that describes energetics of catalysis on materials

Dec. 16, 2021

New research published in Nature Materials from Associate Professor Tanja Cuk and colleagues sheds light on a fundamental chemical reaction — the breaking apart of water to produce a molecular fuel such as hydrogen. Cuk is faculty in the Department of Chemistry and the Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSE) and is a Fellow in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).

Exoplanet mapping instrument

Bringing space inside the lab: Researchers replicate the climates of exoplanets to help find extraterrestrial life

Dec. 15, 2021

Professor Greg Rieker and Ryan Cole (PhDMechEngr’21) have developed an experiment that recreates the climates of planets beyond our solar system right in the lab. By reaching the same high-temperature and high-pressure conditions found on many exoplanets, the instrument can map their atmospheres, which could help humanity detect life outside our solar system.

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