Research at CU Boulder encompasses thousands of scholarly, scientific and creative endeavors at any given time, resulting in new knowledge, technologies and creative work that advance the economy, culture and health of Colorado, the nation and the world. Here is a selection of the top CU research stories of the week.
If you gaze at the night sky from Earth in just the right place, you will see the International Space Station (ISS), a bright speck of light hurtling through space at 5 miles per second as it orbits 220 miles above the planet. And if you were an astronaut floating around inside the station, you would see high-tech hardware and experiments designed and built at the University of Colorado Boulder.
CU Boulder will expand its role as a national leader in imaging, materials, nano, bio and energy sciences as part of a collaborative partnership awarded $24 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch a new center. The Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging, known as STROBE, will be headquartered at CU Boulder and will integrate several areas of imaging science and technology, including photon and electron-based imaging, advanced algorithms, big data analysis and adaptive imaging.
A CU Boulder researcher will appear in a French documentary that delves into the minds of world-class poker players. Assistant Professor McKell Carter of the Institute of Cognitive Science studies how social information influences the decisions people make – for example, how our knowledge of what other people are likely to do influences our own behaviors. He is especially interested in understanding how a particular area of the brain called the temporal-parietal junction helps us predict other people’s behaviors. His expertise will be part of the 52-minute film, Poker Mind.