The CU Boulder Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), established in May 2020, continues to support faculty, instructors and graduate students across campus through classroom-focused programming. In its initial year, the CTL supported over 3400 educators through more than 250 events and trainings during the last academic year.
A team of designers and engineers at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute is drawing from new advancements in the field of soft robotics to develop shape-changing objects that are paper-thin, fast-moving and almost completely silent. The researchers’ early creations, which they’ve dubbed “Electriflow,” include origami cranes that can bend their necks, flower petals that wiggle with the touch of a button and, yes, fluttering insects.
Season 2 of Buff Innovator Insights, a podcast from the Research & Innovation Office (RIO), launches on Thursday, July 15, with an episode featuring Dr. Reiland Rabaka, the inaugural director of the newly established Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS).
Meati uses the roots of mushrooms to produce whole cuts, like steak ready to slice on top of a salad or chicken breast breaded and fried as a sandwich. Much of the funds from its recent Series B will go toward completing construction on an 80,000-square-foot production plant, which will soon pump out millions of pounds of Meati in time for a commercial launch in 2022. Meati was founded in 2019 by Huggins and CTO Justin Whiteley, after meeting at CU Boulder while working toward their own PhDs.
The company revealed that it has been able to trap and address 100 qubits in a large, dense 2D cold atom array. This means, that the company's quantum computer (named Hilbert) will be among the most powerful in the world and will be deployed across a variety of verticals, including financial services, logistics and pharmaceutical drug discovery. “Our Cold Atom Method stands out among other modalities by demonstrating the potential for unmatched qubit scalability. We are on the brink of delivering a compelling platform and on the doorstep of commercialization,” said Paul Lipman, president of Quantum Computing at ColdQuanta.
VitriVax, a CU Boulder spinout that is a developer of a novel stabilization and delivery platform for vaccines and therapeutics, today announced it has closed its first institutional financing round with Adjuvant Capital. VitraVax's Atomic Layering Thermostable Antigen and Adjuvant (ALTA™) technology platform is designed to enable the development of vaccines that can be transported and stored without complex refrigeration and temperature monitoring requirements.
After taking a hiatus during the pandemic, Innovation Buffs is kicking off its third year later this month with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Innovation Buffs enables university staff members to team up with colleagues to identify problems and potential solutions.
Any athlete has the option to participate in CU Boulder's Buffs With a Brand program, which was officially announced in June 2020 and began last August. The nearly 20 Buffs who took part in the pilot year met for sessions—over Zoom because of COVID-19 restrictions—for around two hours each month. The first hour was often spent on lessons in business fundamentals from Erick Mueller, executive director for the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, followed by entrepreneurship group sessions and workshops highlighted by guest speakers.
A broad, inclusive group originating in CU Boulder research institutes has developed an online diversity hub offering campus and community resources focused on connecting and supporting Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) and other underserved members of our research and innovation community.