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.
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.
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.
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!
The 3D printing lab and the Vice President for Research were featured on Channel 7 last night.
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.
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.
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.
3. CSU has a significant role in the World Cup Opening Ceremony.
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.
5. Researchers at CSU are predicting 10 named storms – including 4 hurricanes – to form during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
This June 12th, a paralyzed Brazilian clad in a robotic bodysuit will be wheeled onto the field at the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In front of thousands of people in the stands, and millions watching on television, he will walk several steps and kick a soccer ball aided only by a new prosthetic exoskeleton – or mechanical suit – he controls with his brain waves via an EEG cap. He will feel his feet for the first time as tactile feedback is delivered to him about his progress. More than 170 researchers from around the world are working on the Walk Again Project, which is led by Miguel Nicolelis, a native of Brazil, and a prominent neuroscience researcher at Duke University.
As I indicated in my communication on April 25th, we have engaged an outside consulting partner, Huron Consulting Group, to perform a review of our research administration functions across the University (both central and local research administration operations).
I wanted to update you that we have officially started the project and expect Huron to deliver their final report by early June. There will be a number of opportunities for you to engage in the review process including an Open Forum which will be held on May 23, 2014. Please be watching for more specific information regarding time and location. You may also be contacted to participate in targeted survey activity. We expect to receive external review recommendations in early June.
Your input on CSU’s research administrative infrastructure strengths and our opportunities for innovation and enhancement are important to the process. Thank you again for your participation in this important initiative. Please feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns or as an alternative, feel free to email email@example.com.
Alan S. Rudolph, PhD, MBA
Vice President for Research