News and Events, October 31, 2011

CEAS Seminar Series: “Clinical and Bench-Top Characterization of the Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Artery Axis,” Wednesday, Nov. 2
CSIS Seminar: IGERT Thematic Research Groups, Wednesday, Nov. 2
Last chance to RSVP: Bioengineering Open House, Friday, Nov. 4
Register now: Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute
American Veterans Traveling Wall on Denver Campus, Nov. 2 – Nov. 6
Flu Vaccine Clinic, Lawrence Street Center, Thursday Nov. 3

If you have news and events you’d like to share with the college, contact Erica Lefeave at erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu.

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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Fall 2011 Seminar Series
Clinical and Bench-Top Characterization of the Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Artery Axis

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10 a.m., NC 2607/09

Kendall S. Hunter
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Colorado Denver

Abstract
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a fatal disease in children and adults in which progressive increases in load on the right ventricle (RV) ultimately lead to heart failure and death. Current clinical assessment of the disease involves invasive collection of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), the standard disease diagnostic. PVR is believed to represent RV afterload, and thus a primary determinant of heart failure. However, recent clinical studies of PAH here and elsewhere have suggested that including pulmonary vascular stiffness (PVS) as an additional component of RV afterload yields better prediction of PAH progression than PVR, and vascular stiffening is an innate part of the disease process.

This talk reviews several recent advances in the clinical diagnosis and mechanical understanding of PH, including two new clinical PH prognostics, pulmonary vascular input impedance and proximal pulmonary stiffness, and bench top studies quantifying mechanical and extracellular matrix changes in the pulmonary arteries of a neonatal animal model of PH.   Future mechanical and clinical study directions are also introduced, including an emergent RV functional measure that promise even greater improvement in disease prognostication and incipient discoveries from human pulmonary
tissue testing.

Bio: Dr. Hunter obtained a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, and spent the next several years developing and performing simulations of underwater shock for US Naval contractors.  He came back to the University of Colorado at Denver in August 2004 as a Post-Doctoral trainee in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, where he first worked on simulations of coupled arterial-blood models, and became faculty in that division in early 2007.  Since the spring of 2010 he has been faculty in the new Department of Bioengineering.  He is interested in the mechanics of vascular soft tissues, clinical cardiovascular imaging, and animal models of vascular remodeling.

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IGERT Thematic Research Groups: Urban Energy and Performance Group and Active Communities / Transportation

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
Location: CU Building, Room 490
Date/time: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, 9 a.m.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Energy systems (models) are a necessary tool to help planners, builders, designers and policy makers understand how to optimize their city’s built environment and available open spaces in terms of their energy use, carbon footprint and available resources.  Some key considerations are:

  • Building design, materials, controls, zoning, spacing and access
  • Usage of materials such as cement, fly ash, etc.
  • Housing density
  • Waste stream management, e.g. trash collection
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Nature and open space configuration
  • Electricity use and sourcing

The Active Communities / Transportation (ACT) Research Group serves as a focal point of research among students, faculty, and researchers who specialize in land use-transportation policies and programs relating to “active” communities and/or “active” transportation. The group is based at the University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver) and is under the direction of Professor Krizek and Professor Marshall. Current projects include examining the factors influencing the types of neighborhoods households choose, how individuals travel who live in such neighborhoods, planning tools to assist in accounting for “active” transportation in the design of communities, and strategies to better incorporate “active” components into comprehensive planning.

Working with other consulting firms, research agencies, and universities, ACT assumed a leadership role in each of the following projects:

  • Developing the Guidelines for Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Bicycle Facilities
  • Preparing a suite of Health Impact Assessments created as part of the Design for Health Project
  • Collecting the baseline data for the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program
  • [ongoing project] Working to develop measures of Access to Destinations for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

SPEAKERS &  BIOS
Urban Energy and Performance Group

  • Andrea V. Solis is a PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver.  Her research currently focuses on sustainable concrete pavements with an emphasis on the application and performance of high volume fly ash concrete and pervious concrete pavements in the U.S. and India.  Additionally her research deals with a U.S. and India comparison of material flow and life cycle analysis of cement manufacturing.  Andrea has a B.S. and M.S. degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University (NMSU) and graduated as the Outstanding Senior in the School of Engineering at NMSU.  Her M.S. research at NMSU focused on the behavioral evaluation of a Simple for Dead Load-Continuous for Live Load steel girder bridge, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  She is currently a member in the UC Denver Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, Chi Epsilon (civil engineering honor society), American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Ed Gaviria has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA in Finance & Marketing from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Science in Quantitative Analysis and City Planning from Cornell University and over 15 years of experience in Engineering, Finance, Engineering Management, Consulting and Market Research. In the past, he has worked as an Advanced Engineer for Boeing, as Sr. Financial Analyst at American Airlines and as a Sr. Manager at Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, IBM Global Services, Ipsos and Hewlett Packard. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure at the University of Colorado at Denver and is focusing his research on Urban Energy Models.

Active Communities / Transportation

  • Alejandro Henao
  • Dan Piatkowski
  • Eric Stonebraker
  • Kara Luckey
  • Krista Nordback

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) includes the interdisciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami.

For information or comments on seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric .

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Second Annual Bioengineering Open House
Friday, November 4, 2011—RSVP by today, October 31
2 – 5 p.m.
Bushnell Auditorium – Room N8200 – 8th Floor 
Building 500 – Anschutz Medical Campus
Meet faculty and students; learn about research opportunities and degree programs; discover the Anschutz Medical Campus; and hear why bioengineering is the fastest growing profession.

Everyone is welcome: prospective graduate students, undergraduate students, parents, donors and other members of the biomedical engineering community interested in bioengineering. Refreshments will be served.

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Register now! Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute
The Experiential Learning Center invites applications for the Engaged Faculty Institute, which will run 12:30-2:30 p.m. every Friday from January 27 to March 3 on the Auraria Campus. Participants receive a $750 stipend.

Applications are due November 4 by 5 p.m. to Kyra Tarbell.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Colorado Campus Compact, in conjunction with CU Denver, Regis University, CU Boulder, University of Denver, Johnson & Wales University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver, is pleased to present Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute. The second annual Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) will bring together faculty from all six institutions to transform their approach to teaching and learning through 1) the development of reciprocal community partnerships, 2) the incorporation of community-based experiences into their curriculum, and 3) the adoption of innovative critical reflection and assessment practices that deepen and document student learning.

Our first program last January was immensely popular with our faculty. As part of the program, faculty receive a stipend for participating and other benefits. The Institute also is unique and innovative because of the inclusion and partnership between the various institutions in Colorado and the interaction the faculty from each school will have with each other. We have organized and are now in the process of promoting our second session starting this January.

CONTACT:Kyra.tarbell@ucdenver.edu

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American Veterans Traveling Tribute at the Downtown Campus

Wednesday, November 2
1 p.m.
Ride for the American Veteran Traveling Tribute
Staging begins at Freedom Harley Davidson in Denver, 8020 West Colfax Avenue.
3:30 p.m.   Kickstands up! The Escort departs for the Auraria Campus.
The final location is the Lawrence Street Mall; the ride is approximately four miles.
The first 300 escort riders will receive a commemorative Traveling Tribute patch.

Thursday, November 3
8 a.m.
Wall set-up begins

Friday, November 4
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Locator Computers and other Services Available to the Public
9 a.m. Opening Ceremony, Former Representative Joe Rice will be the emcee for this event and the keynote speaker for the event will be SSGT Salvatore Giunta, the first non-posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam. Other guest speakers include Major General H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard, Metro State Provost Dr. Vicki Golich and CU Denver Chancellor Dr. Jerry Wartgow.
7 p.m. Mile High Players of the Mile High GI Forum present 58,272
This dramatic theatrical performance will depict scenes from Vietnam and commemorate the life and times of our soldiers in the war. This performance is free of charge and seating is available on a first come-first served basis in the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus. The show starts at 7 p.m.; doors will be open at 6:30pm. Parking is available for a fee in the adjacent Tivoli Parking Garage or other campus lots. Note: Due to the content included in a depiction of war, this performance is recommended for mature audiences only.

Saturday, November 5
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 Locator Computers and other Services Available to the Public
8 a.m. ROTC 5K Begins followed by Awards Ceremony to follow
10 a.m. Denver Veterans Day Parade – Downtown Denver
3 p.m. 10th Annual Denver Veterans Day Celebration & Fireworks
Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with music by the Denver School of the Arts Chorale Choir and Reveille 3, an Andrews Sisters Tribute Act. Fireworks will launch at dark. For more information visit http://vetsdaydenver.org
6 p.m. Fireworks

Sunday, November 6
11 a.m.
Closing Ceremony

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Flu Shot Clinic for Faculty and Staff at Lawrence Street Center

WHO:   CU Denver employees.
WHAT:   Seasonal Flu Vaccine.  $20 cash or check.  Health-One is providing this service.
WHEN:  Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE:  Lawrence Street Center Bldg, Chancellor’s Conference Room, 14th Floor
WHY:  So that we can all be healthy and not get the flu.

Epic Kickball Game Photos

Students, faculty, administration, alumni and people from across the university participated in the college’s homecoming kickball game on Saturday, Oct.  22. The sun was shining and the energy level was high. Thanks to everyone who came out to play! We hope you enjoy the photos below.

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“Clean Energy & Sustainability Services for the Water Industry & Department of Defense”

The CU Denver Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems presents:

“Clean Energy and Sustainability Services for the Water Industry and Department of Defense”

Presented by: Lisa Rephlo, Energy Conservation and Management Principal at MWH

LOCATION: CU Building, Room 490
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Ms. Rephlo is part of MWH’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Services group, providing clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainability and climate services to MWH clients. Within this group, Lisa leads the Energy Management practice, which assists MWH’s clients with energy efficiency audits, renewable energy and energy recovery studies, project prioritization and overall energy strategy, including planning for net zero operations. Lisa’s 10 years of experience at MWH includes energy, construction and information technology. Prior to joining MWH, Lisa had 10 years working across energy efficiency, traditional power generation, distributed generation and ice storage for district heating and cooling with ComEd/Exelon in Chicago. She has a BS in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA in finance and business economics from the University of Chicago.

For information or comments on this seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric.

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems includes the inter-disciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami.

 

News and Events, Week of Oct. 24


RESCHEDULED for November 2: CEAS Seminar Series: “Clinical and Bench-Top Characterization of the Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Artery Axis”

CU President Benson’s Town Hall meeting this week on Denver Campus

President Obama to speak on campus

Faculty Seminar, “Crafting an Elevator Pitch” (Wednesday, Oct. 26)

Register now: Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute

Bioengineering Open House (Friday, Nov. 4)

College’s Epic Kickball Game a Success

If you have news and events you’d like to share with the college, contact Erica Lefeave at erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu.

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RESCHEDULED: CEAS Seminar Series: “Clinical and Bench-Top Characterization of the Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Artery Axis”

Dear colleagues and students:

Due to forseen conflicts and parking problems caused by the President’s visit and the forcasted bad weather on Wednesday, the CEAS October 26 seminar by Kendall Hunter has been postponed to Wednesday, November 2.   You will receive a new revised announcement later in the week.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Have a good week.

Titsa Papantoni
Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CU President Benson to speak at Town Hall meeting this afternoon

CU President Bruce Benson invites faculty, students, residents/fellows and staff to an open discussion about the university.

President Benson will meet with each campus.

Denver Campus
When: October 24, 2011
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Lawrence Street Center, 2nd floor, Terrace Room

Anschutz Campus
When: November 1, 2011
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Nighthorse Campbell Building, Shore Forum

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President Obama to Speak on Campus Wednesday, October 26


President Barack Obama is planning to stop at the University of Colorado Denver Wednesday, Oct. 26 as part of his American Jobs Act tour. A limited number of tickets are available. Students, faculty and staff are invited to obtain two tickets to attend his speech; they will be available for pick up on Tuesday, Oct. 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Starz Film Center located at the Tivoli.

More information is available here.

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Faculty Seminar: Crafting an Elevator Pitch

Presented by: Su Niedringhaus, Communication Consultant
Sponsored by the Office of Research Development & Education

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lawrence Street Center (1380 Lawrence St.)
11th Floor, Room 1150
9 – 11 a.m.

Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 North, P28-Room 1107
2 – 4 p.m.

To register go to: www.ucdenver.edu/ORDE (see Updates section)

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact Lynette Michael, ORDE Director, at lynette.michael@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-5822.

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Register now! Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute

The Experiential Learning Center invites applications for the Engaged Faculty Institute, which will run 12:30-2:30 p.m. every Friday from January 27 to March 3 on the Auraria Campus. Participants receive a $750 stipend.

Applications are due November 4 by 5 p.m. to Kyra Tarbell.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Colorado Campus Compact, in conjunction with CU Denver, Regis University, CU Boulder, University of Denver, Johnson & Wales University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver, is pleased to present Service Learning 101: An Engaged Faculty Institute. The second annual Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) will bring together faculty from all six institutions to transform their approach to teaching and learning through 1) the development of reciprocal community partnerships, 2) the incorporation of community-based experiences into their curriculum, and 3) the adoption of innovative critical reflection and assessment practices that deepen and document student learning.
Our first program last January was immensely popular with our faculty. As part of the program, faculty receive a stipend for participating and other benefits. The Institute also is unique and innovative because of the inclusion and partnership between the various institutions in Colorado and the interaction the faculty from each school will have with each other. We have organized and are now in the process of promoting our second session starting this January.

CONTACT: Kyra.tarbell@ucdenver.edu

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RSVP for the Second Annual Bioengineering Open House

Friday, November 4, 2011
2 – 5 p.m.
Bushnell Auditorium – Room N8200 – 8th Floor
Building 500 – Anschutz Medical Campus

The Department of Bioengineering hosts its second annual Open House on Friday, November 4, 2011 from 2 – 5 p.m. RSVP by October 31.

Meet faculty and students; learn about research opportunities and degree programs; discover the Anschutz Medical Campus; and hear why bioengineering is the fastest growing profession.

Everyone is welcome: prospective graduate students, undergraduate students, parents, donors and other members of the biomedical engineering community interested in bioengineering. Refreshments will be served.

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Epic Kickball Game a Success

On Saturday, Oct. 22, nearly 40 faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered at the Auraria softball field for the first-ever College of Engineering and Applied Science Epic Homecoming Kickball Game. Team captains Heidi Utt (CEEP) and Maria Rase (CE) rallied their teams through the game that ended in a tie of 9-9. The competition was fierce but friendly–the MVP awards went to college Dean Marc Ingber and Kevin Rase, perhaps the youngest player to participate at age 10.

The college had more participants for it’s homecoming event than any of the other CU Denver schools and colleges. Thanks to everyone who came out to play.

Stay tuned for photos.

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Oct. 26 CEAS Seminar

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Fall 2011 Seminar Series

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
10 a.m., NC 2607/09

Clinical and Bench-Top Characterization of the Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Artery Axis

Kendall S. Hunter
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Colorado Denver

Abstract
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a fatal disease in children and adults in which progressive increases in load on the right ventricle (RV) ultimately lead to heart failure and death. Current clinical assessment of the disease involves invasive collection of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), the standard disease diagnostic. PVR is believed to represent RV afterload, and thus a primary determinant of heart failure. However, recent clinical studies of PAH here and elsewhere have suggested that including pulmonary vascular stiffness (PVS) as an additional component of RV afterload yields better prediction of PAH progression than PVR, and vascular stiffening is an innate part of the disease process.

This talk reviews several recent advances in the clinical diagnosis and mechanical understanding of PH, including two new clinical PH prognostics, pulmonary vascular input impedance and proximal pulmonary stiffness, and bench top studies quantifying mechanical and extracellular matrix changes in the pulmonary arteries of a neonatal animal model of PH.   Future mechanical and clinical study directions are also introduced, including an emergent RV functional measure that promise even greater improvement in disease prognostication and incipient discoveries from human pulmonary
tissue testing.

Bio: Dr. Hunter obtained a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, and spent the next several years developing and performing simulations of underwater shock for US Naval contractors.  He came back to the University of Colorado at Denver in August 2004 as a Post-Doctoral trainee in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, where he first worked on simulations of coupled arterial-blood models, and became faculty in that division in early 2007.  Since the spring of 2010 he has been faculty in the new Department of Bioengineering.  He is interested in the mechanics of vascular soft tissues, clinical cardiovascular imaging, and animal models of vascular remodeling.

News and Events, Week of October 17, 2011


In this week’s issue:

NEW! The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems presents: “Measuring Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity for Solid Waste Collection at the City Level,” Wednesday, October 19

NEW! Faculty Seminar “Crafting an Elevator Pitch,” Wednesday, October 26

REMINDER: College Kickball Game, October 22

REMINDER: Bioengineering Open House, Friday, November 4

REMINDER: Complete Auraria Grid/Schedule Survey by October 21

Engineering and Applied Science PhD approved by Colorado Commission on Higher Education on Oct. 6

Covidien signs on as founding member of Bioengineering’s Industry Advisory Board

If you have news or events you’d like to share, please send them to Erica Lefeave at erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu.

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The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems presents: Mark Davis, PhD Candidate – “Measuring Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity for Solid Waste Collection at the City Level”

LOCATION: CU Building, Room 490
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 9 a.m.

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW
City solid waste management services generally fall into one of three categories: a free market system, franchise zones, or a citywide exclusive franchise. Is one form of solid waste collection inherently more effective, fiscally efficient, environmentally efficient, and/or equitable than the others? This is the question this dissertation proposal has been designed to address, via the pairing of qualitative case studies and a large N quantitative analysis.

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) includes the interdisciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami. For information or comments on seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric.

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The Office of Research Development & Education Presents a Faculty Seminar: Crafting an Elevator Pitch

Presented by: Su Niedringhaus, Communication Consultant

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lawrence Street Center (1380 Lawrence St.)
11th Floor, Room 1150
9 – 11 a.m.

Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 North, P28-Room 1107
2 – 4 p.m.

What is an elevator pitch and why do you need to have one prepared?

An elevator pitch is a short, concise speech about your research that can be presented to any potential research funder at a moment’s notice. In this seminar, Su will present information regarding how to formulate your pitch and how best to present it when given the opportunity. Don’t miss hearing this dynamic presenter!

This seminar is available to all UCD Faculty. A limited number of seats are available and registration confirmation will be on a first come – first serve basis.

To register go to: www.ucdenver.edu/ORDE (see Updates section)

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact Lynette Michael, ORDE Director, at lynette.michael@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-5822.

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College of Engineering and Applied Science Homecoming Kickball Game

It’s your last chance to register for this Saturday’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Homecoming kickball game.

WHEN: Saturday, October 22; 10 a.m.
WHERE: Auraria Fields

Join us for some friendly competition with college faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Then head into campus for a university BBQ with live entertainment and activities for kids. Kickball participants will receive a free T-shirt. Bring your family and friends!

Register for one or both events at http://ucdenver.edu/homecoming. You must register by October 19 to participate. On the website, you’ll also find information about additional homecoming events, including discounted Colorado Avalanche tickets for the Oct. 20 game against Chicago.

If you have additional questions, contact Erica Lefeave at erica.lefeave@ucdenver.edu or 303-352-3675.

We hope to see you there!

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Bioengineering Open House

Friday, November 4, 2011
2 – 5 p.m.

Bushnell Auditorium – Room N8200 – 8th Floor
Building 500 – Anschutz Medical Campus

The Department of Bioengineering hosts its second annual Open House on Friday, November 4, 2011 from 2 – 5 p.m. RSVP by October 31.

Meet faculty and students; learn about research opportunities and degree programs; discover the Anschutz Medical Campus; and hear why bioengineering is the fastest growing profession.

Everyone is welcome: prospective graduate students, undergraduate students, parents, donors and other members of the biomedical engineering community interested in bioengineering. Refreshments will be served.

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Faculty: Please Complete Survey About Recent Changes to Auraria Class Schedule

​The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and Community College of Denver on the Auraria Campus are seeking input from students, faculty and staff regarding recent changes to the class schedule grid.

In the spring 2011 semester, the class schedule grid changed to gain additional class periods during the busiest times of day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This change meant the typical evening class was rescheduled from starting at 5:30 p.m. to instead start at 5 p.m.

The Auraria Campus schools are considering changing the start time of the evening grid back to 5:30 p.m. The administration is seeking input on how this change might impact schedules. Moving the evening grid start time back to 5:30 p.m. would result in a break between classes from 5-5:30 p.m. and would cause all subsequent classes to move back 30 minutes.

The campus partners have prepared a short survey on this possible class schedule shift. Please take the survey now by using this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cudenverschedule. The survey will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011.

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Colorado Commission on Higher Education Approves Engineering and Applied Science PhD Program

On October 6, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved the college’s Engineering and Applied Science PhD program without comment. We are excited to begin working on this program in earnest and plan to begin enrolling students for fall 2012. Stay tuned for more information.

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Covidien Joins Bioengineering’s Industry Advisory Board

Covidien has officially signed on as the Founding Member of the Department of Bioengineering’s Industry Advisory Board. Covidien is a $10B worldwide company, and their joining the department is an extremely positive sign. Department Chair Robin Shandas hope this is the first of many positive interactions with industry.

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EE Students Install Radio Receivers in Virginia for a Collaborative Research Project

On September 22, EE seniors Ryan Jacobs and Jason Carpenter installed a device on the roof of Rappahannock Community College’s main building in Warsaw, Va., that records lightning discharges and transmits the information to Denver. They hope to determine the effect of these discharges on radio and other manmade signals that travel through the ionosphere. Local students, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to use the equipment for their own weather-related projects.

The lightning-study project is the result of a collaboration between UCD and the University of Florida, where researchers actually trigger lightning with rockets.

Read the complete story at: http://www.rappahannock.edu/rappenings/cbgs-students-get-charged-up-at-rcc

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CE Senior Design Team Places Second at National Competition

Fall 2010 Civil Engineering Senior Design team, A New Public Works Maintenance Building for a Historic Colorado Mining Town, won second place at the 2011 SEI/ASCE Student Structural Design Competition. The students, John Pettit, Jose Cordoba, Jeff Gee, Ramon Martinez and Jeff Pelling, hope to attend the 2012 Structures Congress in Chicago in March 2012 where they will present their project.

This is the second year in a row that a CU Denver civil engineering senior design team has placed in this national competition.

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