Published: Oct. 3, 2022

Research & Innovation Week 2022Research & Innovation Week, hosted by the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) and featuring events for students, faculty, staff and the community, returns to its predominantly in-person format this October 17–21. Events showcase research, scholarship and creative work from across the campus and demonstrate the broad impact of the research and innovation enterprise at CU Boulder.  

Additionally, several events aim to boost visibility to audiences beyond campus, such as the Boulder community, industry partners, the entrepreneurial ecosystem and more. 

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, faculty, staff, partner of the university or a member of the broader community, you’re sure to discover new ways to engage with the world-class research, scholarship and creative work right here in your community.

The week's events include:

Monday, October 17

 State of the Research and Innovation Enterprise—12–1 p.m.; Virtual via Zoom; Registration required

In this hour-long webinar, Massimo Ruzzene, acting vice chancellor for research and innovation and dean of the institutes, will share important insights and aspirations from the university’s research and innovation enterprise. He’ll also provide a closer look at some of CU Boulder’s unique offerings and accomplishments from the past year.

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​ In the Round: Research in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies—6:30–7:30 p.m.; University Theatre, Charlotte York Irey Theatre; No registration required

What does research look like in the fields of theatre, dance and performance studies? How does writing interface with embodied practice? Join incoming MA, MFA and PhD graduate students for a conversation in the round on the exciting research projects they plan to develop in the Department of Theatre & Dance.

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Tuesday, October 18

​ Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Sidewalk Symposium—9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Visual Arts Complex (VAC) Plaza; No registration required to attend; please apply to participate

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)'s Sidewalk Symposium invites undergraduates to create and share their research and creative presentations with chalk on campus walkways—all in collaboration with a professional artist. UROP welcomes undergraduates at any stage of their project timeline to participate in this year's Sidewalk Symposium by creating colorful visual presentations of their projects using nothing but chalk.

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Wednesday, October 19

​ Space-Based Science: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of LASP—11 a.m.; LASP Space Technology Building (LSTB), 1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder; Registration required

This tour of CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) will highlight all aspects of this research and development cycle, from the state-of-the-art machine shop, class-10,000 clean rooms, and a whale-sized thermal vacuum chamber—to the Mission Operations Center, where undergraduate students help operate multimillion dollar NASA satellites and instruments.

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​ Research & Innovation TED-Style Talks: Innovation for the Future of Humanity—6–7:15 p.m.; The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder; Registration required

Six Research & Innovation Office (RIO) Faculty Fellows will present short, captivating TED-style talks in the Gordon Gamm Theater, located at the Dairy Arts Center. Catch a glimpse of the leading edge of research, scholarship and creative work from a selection of CU Boulder's leading faculty and researchers, representing disciplines across the spectrum, from computer science and chemistry to applied mathematics and media studies.

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Friday, October 21

​ Space-Based Science: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of LASP—11 a.m.; LASP Space Technology Building (LSTB), 1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder; Registration required

The second of two opportunities to tour CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

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​ ATLAS Research Open House—3–5 p.m.; Roser ATLAS Center; Registration requested

The 6th annual ATLAS Research Open House shares the diverse and intriguing work of the institute's eight research labs during a power-packed, two-hour public showcase. Arrive early and plan your visit if you want to see the full spectrum of radical creativity and design on offer.

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Saturday, October 22

​ CU on the Weekend: What Do You Do When the Earth Shakes? Children, Adults, and Generational Gaps in Protective Action Behavior—1–2:30 p.m.; CASE 4th Floor Auditorium, or virtually via Zoom; Registration required to attend webinar

Featuring Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center, this CU on the Weekend lecture will highlight the immediate behavioral responses of children and adults during disasters. Understanding how people actually react during a crisis can help government officials and school leaders improve drills and messaging, refine risk communication strategies, and ultimately reduce injury and loss of life. 

A Community-Engaged Scholarship Showcase will immediately follow Peek’s lecture. Audience members will have the opportunity to talk with CU Boulder faculty, staff and students conducting community-engaged scholarship related to the implications of climate change. 

Note: This is a hybrid event. Registration to attend in person is not required, but seats will be strictly limited to 250.

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