Science and Spectacle: A Reflection of the Walk Again Project on the World Cup Stage

Dr. Alan Rudolph at the World Cup in Brazil.

Dr. Alan Rudolph at the World Cup in Brazil before the Walk Again demonstration at the Opening Ceremony.

I had to decompress for a few days before reflecting and writing about my most recent experiences in South America at the Copa De Moda – or World Cup. For the last 18 months I have been managing an international consortium of 125 people in 25 countries who were designing, building and testing a new prosthetics – or exoskeleton – that people with severe spinal cord injuries could control with their brains.

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Welcome to the OVPR, Ellen Fisher

Ellen Fisher, Senior Faculty Advisor

Ellen Fisher, Senior Faculty Advisor

Ellen Fisher has been announced as the Senior Faculty Advisor (SFA) for Research at Colorado State University (CSU). The SFA plays a lead role in accomplishing Colorado State University’s research and discovery goals. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the SFA serves as an advocate for the VPR in a broad array of research administration and operational activities related to CSU’s $313M (FY13) research enterprise.

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CSU research news: 5 things you should know

1. Researchers at CSU have revealed new links between tuberculosis and diabetes, showing evidence that TB becomes more deadly when it occurs with diabetes and showing for the first time that tuberculosis can trigger pre-diabetes.

Christopher Gentile. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.

Christopher Gentile. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.

2. Christopher Gentile, an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU, will receive a $225,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation to support his research to find out why obese people are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

3.  To help Colorado research institutions develop new medications to fight cancer and other illnesses, the Colorado Center for Drug Discovery has received $750,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

4. The Physical Activity Laboratory at CSU is seeking 7- to 11-year-old overweight children to volunteer for a research study exploring how children of varying body sizes walk, run and play.

Tracy Nelson. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.

Tracy Nelson. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.

5. Tracy Nelson, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Congratulations!

5 research projects at #Colostate making big impacts

This week the Office of the Vice President will highlight 5 research projects that Colorado State University is involved in. Click the links to learn more about these project and CSU’s involvement.

 

Ed Blach Co-Creator of the Flair Equine Nasal Strips demonstrates how to apply the strips on Eli, May 29, 2014. Photo courtesy of: Colorado State University

Ed Blach Co-Creator of the Flair Equine Nasal Strips demonstrates how to apply the strips on Eli, May 29, 2014.
Photo courtesy of: Colorado State University

1.  The nasal strip worn by Triple Crown contender and racing phenom California Chrome was co-invented by Dr. Ed Blach, a CSU veterinarian alumnus.

African elephant in the Serengeti. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

African elephant in the Serengeti. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

2.  CSU is helping to protect African elephants with cell phones! A study published recently in the journal Ecological Applications by researchers at CSU and other universities  around the world reports on the use of advanced technology in GPS and cell phones are helping to monitor and protect African elephants.

FIFA World Cup 2014 logo. Photo courtesy of vimeo.

FIFA World Cup 2014 logo. Photo courtesy of vimeo.

3. CSU has a significant role in the World Cup Opening Ceremony.

Christian L'Orange, left, and John Volckens in the new cookstove lab at the Powerhouse Energy Campus. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.

Christian L’Orange, left, and John Volckens in the new cookstove lab at the Powerhouse Energy Campus.
Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.

4.  A $1.5 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency is being used by CSU researchers to examine the atmospheric effects of smoke from cookstoves, which are used by 3 billion people worldwide for heating, lighting and cooking.

Hurricane. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Hurricane. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

5. Researchers at CSU are predicting 10 named storms – including 4 hurricanes – to form during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.