Bioengineering undergraduate student, Adam Rauff was awarded a 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant. Adam will be working with Dana Carpenter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, on a project titled, “Investigating the Effects of Weight-Bearing Function on Bone Microstructure.” The research delves into the function of osteocytes (mature bone cells) and their mechanosensory properties. Osteocytes perform bone remodeling based on the strains of the skeletal system, however the process of sensing and reacting to mechanical pressures remains illusive. The remodeling phenomenon occurs in all vertebrates, and there will be multiple animals compared in the experiments (in vitro). This property of osteocytes could improve understanding of osteoporosis, bone loss due to mechanical unloading (as observed in astronauts losing bone mass, or an individual that is suddenly confined to a wheel chair). Furthermore, this research could improve understanding of the bone remodeling that every human experiences as they age, and their bones become more brittle and sensitive (especially in women). Congratulations, Adam!
Emily Gibson, assistant professor of bioengineering, and colleagues with the CU School of Medicine and CU Boulder have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope that can look deep inside a living brain. Their work was featured in the Denver Post on May 12. The research was made possible by a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation and will also be featured on the NSF website.
Their project, Stratus, enables aerial and ground robotic systems to generate 3D models of local areas such as buildings as well as performed enhanced obstacle-aware navigation.
Their project will be on display at the Spring Senior Design Competition on May 15. There is a lot to show and build upon for both research and education.
Congratulations to the team, Skyler Saleh, Bruno Mary, Bruno Duarte, and Xin Li, and to their faculty advisor, Dan Connors. This is the third year the college has participated in this event.
Christopher Yakacki, assistant professor, has been named the 2015 campus winner for the Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities award. He will be honored at a ceremony on September 18. The awards are special not just because they recognize outstanding performance in our core areas as a university, but also because they are ultimately recognition of this exemplary work by faculty peers. Recipients are chosen by selection committees comprising previous award winners. Congratulations, Chris! Read the entire announcement from Provost Nairn.