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Natasha Dobrinen (Mathematics) wins an NSF grant for abstract theory research (September 9, 2016)

Natasha Dobrinen has been awarded a three-year NSF Research Grant for her study, "Ramsey Theory, Set Theory, and Tukey Order." The grant is Dobrinen's second on the subject, which develops the theory of structures at the interface of three fields of mathematics. Ramsey theory focuses on the conditions under which order must appear. Set theory deals with the formal properties of sets as units without regard to the nature of their individual constituents, serving as an axiomatic foundation for all of mathematics similarly to the way that geometry is developed from a collection of postulates. Tukey order is a means of comparing relative strengths of different structures. The project finds connections between and strengthens these areas of mathematics, leading to new theory and a better understanding of mathematical structures.

Dinah Loerke (Physics & Astronomy) takes a close look at cell mechanics in tiny ocean creatures (September 2, 2016)

Loerke and colleagues are studying epithelial tissues in sea squirts. Because these same tissues line the organs, cavities and blood vessels of human bodies, the research has implications for medical challenges such as cancer and wound healing. Read more: Sea Squirts: Weird, Wacky and Loved By Scientists (DU Newsroom)

Anna Sher (Biological Sciences) presents at TEDxMileHigh (August 15, 2016)

What can invasive plants can teach us about leadership? Anna Sher's TEDx talk has the answer.

Mark Siemens and Sam Alperin (Physics & Astronomy) take a close look at the optics of “twisted light” (August 3, 2016)

The faculty-student team aims to demonstrate simple and inexpensive ways to generate and measure twisted light. Read more: Physics With a Twist (DU Newsroom)

Taylor Firman (Physics & Astronomy) featured in Office of Graduate Studies profile (August 2, 2016)

Taylor Firman, who's earning a PhD in the Molecular & Cellular Biophysics Program, examines randomness in gene networks in order to shed light on previously unexplored areas of research in quantitative biology. Read more: Graduate Citings: Tales from the Field – Taylor Firman

DU partners with Sweden's University of Lund for biological sciences degree (July 26, 2016)

A new collaboration between DU and the University of Lund will allow biology students to spend their first three years at DU, followed by two years at LU. In the process, they'll earn a bachelor's degree from DU and master's from LU. Learn more: DU Partners With One of the World’s Oldest Universities (DU Newsroom)

NSM faculty host summer science camp for DPS middle school girls (July 20, 2016)

Sixteen middle school girls from Denver Public Schools are on campus catching insects, building circuits, writing computer code and making new friends. Read more: Science and Fun: DU hosts summer camp for middle school girls (DU Newsroom)

Whitley Lehto (Biological Sciences) wins NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for epigenetics study on stickleback fish (July 14, 2016)

Lehto has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, making her the first student in Biological Sciences to receive the award. She'll now be able to take her three-spined stickleback fish research to the next level. Read more: Like Father, Like Daughter: Doctoral researcher looks at stickleback fish epigenetics (DU Newsroom)

Bob Stencel (Physics & Astronomy) weighs in on Juno space probe (July 7, 2016)

"If it turns out Jupiter is denser than lead, that would be a surprise. If it turns out Jupiter is the consistency of a Hostess Twinkie cake, that would be a surprise.” Read more about Bob Stencel's take on the Juno space probe in NASA’s Juno Space Probe Makes It to Jupiter's Orbit (DU Newsroom)

Martin Margittai (Chemistry & Biochemistry) takes a close look at Alzheimer's disease (June 30, 2016)

Learn more about Martin Margittai's research on protein build-ups in the brain that are related to Alzheimer's disease: Fight Against Alzheimer’s Comes to a DU Lab (DU Newsroom)