Join us for a weeklong celebration and showcase of research, scholarship and creative works at CU Boulder.
The first annual Research & Innovation Week will:
- Highlight and shape tomorrow's leaders
- Showcase some of our most compelling innovations
- Demonstrate the broad impact of CU Boulder research, scholarship and creative works
The inaugural Research & Innovation Week is designed to elevate awareness across campus, build a sense of shared community, create opportunities for collaboration and recognize exceptional leadership and outcomes. Additionally, select events are designed to appeal to the Boulder community, which will have an even larger role in future years.
Note: New events and details will be added to this website regularly. Please check back periodically for more details or to see the most current schedule.
Events Happening All Week
Monday, October 15
The Research & Innovation Office will host this kickoff event at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University Memorial Center, which is open to anyone but especially tailored for faculty, students and staff.
The event will feature:
- 4:30–5:30 p.m. An opening resource fair and poster session, with posters from undergraduate students, grad students, postdocs and faculty.
- 5:30–6:30 p.m. A dynamic panel discussion spotlighting key faculty and programs across the campus, facilitated by Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez. CU Boulder thrives because of its one-of-a-kind positioning, which brings together a world-class research university, a unique concentration of federal labs, a variety of collaborative industry partners and the thriving Front Range entrepreneurial ecosystem. The panel will share inspiring, entertaining examples of how this combination continues to fuel CU Boulder's future, driving impact through innovation.
- 6:30–7:30 p.m. More time with the resource fair and posters, as well as a reception following the panel.
Registration is requested, as space is limited.
Tuesday, October 16
With CU Boulder's Grand Challenge Initiative acting as a catalyst, the University of Colorado Boulder and CU Anschutz are partnering to bring together researchers, public health practitioners, students and other stakeholders to learn more about the critical intersection of climate and health, and move this conversation forward.
The 2018 CU Climate & Health Research Summit will include an evening event for the public. The talk, by Dr. Jeff Shaman, Director of the Climate and Health Program, Columbia University, is entitled "Climate-Disease Connections: Associations, Processes and Incorporation in Infectious Disease Forecast".
- When: Doors open at 7 p.m., talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Fiske Planetarium
The Research Support Office (RSO) of the College of Engineering & Applied Science is hosting an information booth to cultivate excitement for undergraduate research. Staff and students will be present with snacks and prizes to answer questions about their experience and distribute information to undergraduate students on how to get involved in research.
- When: 8 a.m - Noon
- Where: Engineering Center Lobby
No registration is required for this event. Stop by when your schedule allows.
The CU BioFrontiers Institute is an interdisciplinary hub for bioscience research and education with a focus on improving human health. Scientists at BioFrontiers are deeply committed to unraveling the complexities of biology through integrating many disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, computer science, chemistry, physics and engineering. Our goal is to work collectively to uncover new knowledge at the frontiers of bioscience in order to unlock the origins of disease, guide more accurate diagnosis and develop targeted treatments, all in an effort to prevent and eradicate some of society’s most difficult health problems.
On the tour, you will rotate through three labs: (1) research lab, (1) industry collaborator and (1) education community.
- When: Tuesday, October 16 from 10:30—11:30 a.m. Register Now
- Meeting Location: Jennie Smoly Caruthers BioTech Building (JSCBB): 3415 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 (near Colorado & 30th St)
- Parking: You may park in lot 534 using the meter pay station.
Registration link available soon. Note: Limited to 20-25 people per tour.
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to hear about current studies at the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium, and see firsthand how CU neuroscientists are revolutionizing our understanding of the brain. Learn how neuroscientists across the Front Range use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brain’s structure and function, as well as how the brain’s structure and function change with age.
Two 45-minute tours are available on Tuesday, October 16:
- 9 – 9:45 a.m. Register Now
Note: Limited to 20-25 people per tour. Meet at the Center for Innovation and Creativity building, 1777 Exposition Drive – near Arapahoe & 38th Street. You can park for free anywhere around the Center for Innovation and Creativity building (other than in the spots marked for the Audi dealership on the east and north sides of the building).
Wednesday, October 17
- When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
- Where: The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Ten Research & Innovation Office Faculty Fellows will present 5-minute 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 works from some of CU Boulder's most influential leaders, representing disciplines across the spectrum, including engineering, theatre, geology, education, chemistry and more.
An assortment of food and beverages is available for purchase at the Dairy's snack shops and networking before and after the main presentation is encouraged. It is also a great time to explore the Dairy's art exhibits and galleries.
Registration is required.
- When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Where: CASE Building, W120
Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts' inaugural exhibition, EMBYRONIC, presents preexisting, far-flung work, while also bringing local collaborators together anew: a chemist and a ceramicist; a wood sculptor and an ecologist; a hydrologist and a filmmaker. The resulting art can be viewed empirically, contemplatively, immanently, or with a sense of urgency for a world beset with endocrine disruptors, rising sea levels and rampant resource competition. Above all, the work here is germinal, full of potential, testing our thresholds for declaring fertile conclusions, intermediaries, and of course: inventive beginnings.
Also, in a special presentation from 11-1, Theatre & Dance + English students and faculty will be in NEST to share their research in the form of dance, creative writing and film:
- 11:00 – 11:20 Chrissy Nelson & dancers, guest artist and students live performance
- 11:20 – 11:30 Ryder Turner, MFA, live performance
- 11:30 – 12:30 Natalie Sharp, Rebecca Schneider, Kyle Kaczmarick, Leah White, T.J. McLemore
- 12:30 – 1:00 Screenings by Julie Carr & Erika Randall
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) invites the campus community to explore the pioneering work of its students while re-thinking the traditional research poster in this year's UROP Sidewalk Symposium—a radically unique event format developed in Boulder.
- Where: Norlin Quad
- When: 1 – 5 p.m.
Come see undergraduate research, scholarly or creative projects colorfully chalked onto the sidewalk on the west side of Norlin Library. Presenters will be from a variety of fields and available to discuss their projects with passersby. Interested undergraduates apply here.
- When: 3 – 4 p.m.
- Where: CASE Building, W210
Take a guided tour of Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts with the studio's co-directors and select artists. NEST is a network of faculty, students, centers and units that combine artistic practice and scientific research to explore our common and disparate ways of observing, recording, experimenting and knowing. A series of cross-campus initiatives allow students to directly engage with faculty mentors and inspire alternate modes of communicating with the public.
Thursday, October 18
Details to come.
CU Boulder researchers will present their national security-related work in a series of three-minute lightning-round sessions, followed by a networking reception. Topics range from remote sensing and Earth analytics to cybersecurity and human factors. This event is designed to help CU Boulder's research community identify opportunities for new collaborations with fellow faculty and industry partners.
Call for Faculty Presenters
We are looking for approximately 25 faculty from across campus to present their research in three-minute "lightning round" sessions. Topic areas include (note: examples are illustrative, but not exhaustive):
- Robotics and Autonomy
UAVs, UAS, artificial intelligence, machine learning
- Human Performance
Physical and mental resilience and recovery, cognitive and psychological readiness, performance nutrition
Disasters, space weather, communications, infrastructure
- Remote Sensing
PNT, optics, quantum, RF, Earth and space analytics
- High-Performance Materials
Ceramics, composites, regenerative medicine
Cryptography, network security, privacy
In 2018, LASP is celebrating 70 years of space exploration. Our professional and student employees are actively involved in designing and building instruments for future exploration, as well as controlling NASA missions and payloads, and analyzing and distributing data from these missions.
A visit to LASP is similar to touring an aerospace museum. Hanging from the ceiling in our lobby is an Aerobee 150 sounding rocket along with many other interesting spacecraft and historical objects. Visitors can view models of different spacecraft and satellites, several class-10,000 clean rooms, a machine shop for building instruments, and our Mission Operations Center from which we operate satellites.
Two one-hour tours are available on Thursday, October 18:
- 10 - 11 a.m.
- 1 - 2 p.m.
Note: Limited to 35 individuals per tour. Meet at the main entrance to the LSTB building (LASP Space Technology Building – 1234 Innovation Drive). Paid parking is available in lot 548 (some metered spots are available and permits can be obtained at the LSTB front desk).
Friday, October 19
This conference, sponsored by CU Boulder’s Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR), Colorado Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and Downtown Colorado Inc (DCI) brings together leaders from neighborhoods, towns, cities and CU Boulder to build bridges between local governments, practitioners and researchers.
- When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Where: Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community
Topics will include urban design and revitalization strategies, incentives for creative industries, green and efficient infrastructure systems, new community engagement approaches, and use of innovative technologies in data, analytics and building and energy systems.
Research and creative work exposition, including laboratory and studio tours, demos, poster presentations, and discussion with faculty members and graduate students.
As part of CU Boulder’s Research & Innovation Week, this second annual ATLAS Research Showcase is your opportunity to connect with a thriving community of creative engineers, scientists and artists working across, over, under and between multiple disciplines.
Part of CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, ATLAS is an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention. Faculty and students research and practice in a wide range of fields; showcase visitors will have the opportunity to explore work in human-robot interaction, nanoscale mechanical engineering, tech tattoos, typographic art and design, tangible computer interfaces, computer science education, smart textiles and more.
Don’t miss this exciting showcase of interdisciplinary research and education at CU Boulder.
Free and open to the public. Registration requested.
- Who Should Attend: Industry, faculty, students, interested members of the community
- When: Friday, October 19, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Roser ATLAS Center Directions
Take a guided tour that visits four cutting-edge RASEI labs in the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) building.
RASEI (pronounced RAY-see) is a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) addressing important, complex problems in energy that require a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approach.
- When: Friday, October 19, 2–3:30 p.m.
- Where: Meet in the South Atrium of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC)
Metered parking is available in the roundabout on the west side of SEEC (4001 Discovery Drive) or in the parking lot on the north side of SEEC. The SEEC building can also be reached by bike path or the Stampede bus from main campus.