Kim receives ACI Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research

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Professor Jimmy Kim

Civil engineering professor Jimmy Kim has received the 2019 American Concrete Institute’s Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research specifically for the behavior of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets subjected to relaxation induced by simultaneous thermal and mechanical loadings”, as co-author of the paper titled “Thermomechanical Relaxation of CFRP Sheets Bonded to a Concrete Substrate.”

Kim’s award will be mentioned at the ACI Spring 2019 Concrete Convention and Exposition during the Opening Session and Keynote Presentation, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Québec City, Canada.

Congratulations, Jimmy!

CU Denver has record-breaking participation in the American Geophysical Union

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Lunch at Matchbox Pizza near Chinatown. Left-to-right: Poorya Hosseini, Allison Goodwell, Chad Renick, Laurna Kaatz, Eric Roth, Maryam Pournasiri Poshtiri, Eric Thomas, and David Mays. Not pictured: Mark Golkowski.

CU Denver’s College of Engineering and Applied Science sent its largest-ever delegation of faculty, students and alumni to the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. This meeting, held in Washington, DC December 10 – 14, 2018, brought together more than 28,500 scientists studying all aspects of the earth and environmental sciences.

This record-breaking group comprised civil engineering faculty Allison Goodwell and David Mays, who presented their hydrology research with students Laurna Kaatz and Eric Thomas, and alumni Maryam Pournasiri Poshtiri and Eric Roth. The group also included electrical engineering faculty Mark Golkowski with students Poorya Hossini and Chad Renick, who presented research on atmospheric electricity and space science. Mays also presented his NSF-sponsored work on Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands.

Renick also was honored with an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his poster, LWPC Modeling of Lightning Induced Changes in D-Region Electron Density, coauthored with Golkowski and Sandeep Sarker and Georgia Tech’s Morris Cohen. This coveted award recognizes the top few percent among literally thousands of student research presentations. Congratulations, Chad!

JDRF Fellowship awarded to Farnsworth

farnsworth_headshotDr. Nikki Farnsworth, a Research Instructor working in the lab of Dr. Richard Benninger, was recently awarded a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advanced-Postdoctoral Fellowship to study novel mechanisms of pancreatic β-cell death and to exploit these mechanisms to protect against the onset and progression of type 1 diabetes (T1D).

The goals of Dr. Farnsworth’s project are to determine the role of protein kinase C delta in regulating inflammation-mediated β-cell death and to determine the contributions of altered islet interactions with the extracellular matrix to β-cell death in T1D. This study will identify novel mechanisms of β-cell death during the onset of T1D using quantitative live cell imaging and a biomimetic 3D scaffold and will determine if modulation of these novel signaling mechanisms can protect against the onset of T1D.

Kravets receives JDRF postdoc fellowship award

kravets_photoDr. Vira Kravets, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Richard Benninger’s lab was recently awarded the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: an award for promising scientists entering their professional career in the type 1 diabetes research field. The fellowship will support understanding heterogeneity of insulin-producing beta cells and their calcium response to glucose. In collaboration with the University of Miami Dr. Kravets will study alternations in beta cell subpopulations of the encapsulated islets for transplantation therapy. One of the potential outcomes of this collaboration is improvement of transplantation of stem-cell-derived islets.

Women as Innovators seminar – hosted by the Department of Bioengineering Feb. 8

The Department of Bioengineering is excited to announce that we are hosting a one day seminar on February 8, 2019, Women as Innovators: Creating Success in the Workplace. 

Keynote and plenary speakers include Dr. Dorothy Horrell, Dr. Brenda Allen, Dr. Sonia Flores, Dr. Chelsea Magin, Dr. Cristin Welle, Sheri Smith, Annelise Loevlie, and many others including physicians, faculty, CEOs and engineers from Medtronic, Biosense Webster, Boulder Biomed, Terumo BCT, and 3D systems.

 All are invited to attend, however you must register here and space is limited.  Registration fees, $10 per person for early registrants, will be raffled off at the end of the event so get your friends to come too!

View the flyer for a schedule and additional information.

Jacot’s research highlighted by Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, NSF Science Nation

Bioengineering associate professor Jeffrey Jacot’s research in regenerative medicine and his work with the Children’s Colorado Heart Institute was recently featured by the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. Jacot and other Children’s Colorado physician-scientists are on the brink of new breakthroughs in regenerative medicine that could radically change the way we repair congenital heart defects. This promising area of research seeks to repair or replace damaged tissue with living, functional cells.

Read the Children’s Colorado story here.

Watch the NSF video here.

Civil engineering PhD student Lily Lazarraga works on pedestrian safety around George Washington High School; featured on 9News

Leetsdale Drive in Denver is part of what the city calls a high injury network. It’s one of 27 streets where more than 50 percent of crashes happen, and it runs right by George Washington High School. Transportation engineering PhD student Lily Lazarraga is researching how to make the area safer for pedestrians. She is a finalist to win a $50,000 grant to work with the city in implementing safety measures.

Watch the story on 9News.

Read the Denver7 story.

Watch the CBS4 story.

Read the Denver Post story.

Help them win $50K through the FundMyStreets grant through Zendrive.

Clevenger shares insight in the Colorado Convention Center construction contract scandal

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Associate professor Caroline Clevenger

In a December 16 article, CU Denver Civil Engineering associate professor Caroline Clevenger shares insight with The Denver Post as a neutral expert in the Colorado Convention Center construction contract scandal.

Denver’s plan to expand the Colorado Convention Center is supposed to draw nearly $50 million of annual spending to the city, but this could be delayed or threatened by recent allegations of “collusion” by private companies on the construction projects.

Read the Denver Post story here.

Cecilia Clark takes 3rd place in campus wide Three Minute Thesis Competition

Clark-HeadshotNiki Clark is a PhD student in Dr. Bodine’s Socially Assistive Robotics lab. She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biology, and she now works on developing a clinical augmentation tool for young children with complex cerebral palsy. Her current focus is on applying machine learning techniques to allow the robot to recognize each child’s movements, with an emphasis on behavior-based control to ensure the robot mimics movements that clinicians would make during therapeutic interaction. This work has been a collaboration across multiple disciplines that include Bioengineering, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, and Industrial Design.

VeDepo receives AHA postdoctoral grant

VedepoDr. Mitchell VeDepo, a Postdoctoral Fellow of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver, was recently awarded a postdoctoral grant by the American Heart Association (AHA). This award will help propel Dr. VeDepo’s project on the recellularization mechanisms for heart valve tissue engineering.

Valvular heart disease remains a significant cause of morbidity world wide and there is currently no ideal valve replacement. Dr. VeDepo’s project will help ‘build’ an ideal heart valve replacement through heart valve tissue engineering. This study will investigate the recruitment of autologous circulating cells for repopulating decellularized heart valve scaffolds using signaling chemokines and a novel bioreactor system. The results of this study will elucidate the recruitment of circulating cells and may lead to enhanced in situ recellularization of tissue engineered heart valves.