Dr. Emily Gibson of Bioengineering secures $1M NSF grant to build unique microscope

Dr Emily Gibson

Bioengineering faculty member Emily Gibson is awarded a $1 million dollar NSF grant for development of a unique fluorescent microscope allowing visualization of dynamic cellular processes at resolutions approaching the size of  protein complexes (tens of nanometers).  Diego Restrepo, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Director of the Center for Neuroscience, is co-PI of the grant and Dr. Stephanie Meyer, Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering is key personnel.  The technology development grant will fund a 5 year effort to build the microscope making CU Denver the only place in the country with such capability for research.  The research projects enabled by the new instrument include studies of the dynamic organization of protein complexes in synapses upon control of neural plasticity, studies of the molecular-level mechanisms of odor transduction by direct stimulation of the transduction pathway, and methods for writing/reading bits at sub-diffraction dimensions in high density data storage materials.

More Grant News for Bioengineering’s Dr. Benninger

ImageDr. Richard Benninger and colleague Dr. Moshe Levi (Renal Medicine) were awarded a shared instrument grant from the NIH to purchase a new Zeiss LSM780 confocal two-photon microscope equipped with a fluorescence lifetime imaging detector. This microscope will allow researchers to view fluorescent proteins and biomarkers in live cells and autofluorescence-based disease signatures in intact tissue with unparalleled sensitivity.

Connors to speak at TEDxMileHigh, June 15

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Dan ConnorsDan Connors, assistant professor and associate chair of electrical engineering is one of eleven speakers at TEDxMileHigh, happening this Saturday, June 15, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. He will present at approximately 1 p.m.

Dan will talk about the social implications of computer vision with exponentially increasing capability that is now exceeding and expanding human capabilities.

The name of this year’s TEDx is “Values & Instincts.” From www.tedxmilehigh.com: “TEDxMileHigh exists to spread big ideas and elevate inspired citizenship in Colorado. It is a community of thinkers and doers, ideators and creators, activists and enthusiasts. TEDxMileHigh showcases innovative Coloradans, no matter the sector, who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas.  This diverse group of thought leaders and innovators educate, inspire, and stimulate change with the ultimate goal being deep discussion and action across our communities.” We are honored that Dan will be representing the college and the university at such an inspiring event.

Mechanical engineering students also will be in the Exhibits Lounge with their award-winning hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the H2 Eco-Challenger.

Discounted tickets for the event are still available for the CU Denver community- $20 off the regular price. Use coupon code CUDenver.  http://tedxmilehigh2013.eventbrite.com

Kim chairs American Concrete Institute committee

Kim (9-12)-WEBJimmy Kim, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering has accepted an invitation to be the Chair of American Concrete Institute Committee 440I (Fiber Reinforced Polymer -prestressed concrete). Kim will lead the committee consisting of 34 members. Kim has been a member of the American Concrete Institute since 2004 and has been contributing to Committee 440 for 9 years. Kim has also been chairing Committee 345 (Concrete Bridge Construction, Maintenance, and Repair) consisting of 50 members since 2012. Kim led two technical documents, “Guide for Widening Highway Bridges” and “Guide for Maintenance of Concrete Bridge Members,” for the benefit of the bridge engineering community. Kim organized three technical sessions in Minneapolis, MN, in 2013 as part of the committee activity: “Advanced Materials and Sensors toward Smart Concrete Bridges: Concept, Performance, Evaluation, and Repair.”

Kim’s research interest includes infrastructure rehabilitation using advanced composite materials, intelligent structural systems, and science-based structural engineering. His research has resulted in 72 journal papers and one book “Recent Advances in Maintenance and Repair of Concrete Bridges. Another book is forthcoming in Fall 2013, “Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction”. Most of his papers were published in top-tier journals in his area of expertise. He currently advises four PhD and six MS students and two more PhD students will be joining his group in Fall 2013. Kim is a member of the editorial boards of three international journals and is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The American Concrete Institute organized in 1904 is the world’s leading authority on concrete technology. It has 98 chapters worldwide, including more than 20,000 members in 108 countries. Conforming to its mission ‘Provide knowledge and information for the best use of concrete” the institute publishes technical documents, provides a standard certificate program for the industry, conducts educational seminars and encourage student involvement in the concrete field.

In the News: Dr. Richard Weir and his lab group, Aurora Sentinel

Local 3-D printer testing machinery could help artificial limb producers solve difficult problems

AURORA | Richard Weir’s new toy takes up an entire room in this basement maze of laboratory space at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

That’s not to say this refurbished 3-D printer belongs to Weir, a research professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s new Department of Bioengineering. The cutting-edge laser metal bonding machine came to the lab thanks to a $600,000 grant from the Veterans Administration, and it’s part of the larger Biomechatronics Development Laboratory that’s home to researchers from CU and the VA.

Read the full story by ADAM GOLDSTEIN, Staff Writer, Aurora Sentinal at: http://www.aurorasentinel.com/guide/proof-positive-of-potential/

Marshall receives CEAS Outstanding Faculty in Teaching Award

Wes MarshallWes Marshall, assistant professor in civil engineering has been chosen as this year’s CEAS Outstanding Faculty in Teaching. The award, which includes a cash prize as well as a commemorative plaque, will be presented at the college Year-End Celebration on May 17.

As the winner of this year’s award, Wes will be appointed to serve on the selection committee for next year’s Outstanding Faculty in Teaching/Research awards.