8 episodes

Buff Innovator Insights is for science geeks, rule-breakers, academics, students, entrepreneurs and anyone who loves learning. Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Colorado Boulder, talks to pioneering researchers, scholars and artists about why they are so dedicated to discovery, and their visions of the future in the wide range of fields they explore. Listeners will get a behind-the-curtain look at some of the most innovative, ground-breaking ideas in the world, along with the personal journeys that made those discoveries possible.

Buff Innovator Insights Research & Innovation Office, University of Colorado Boulder

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Buff Innovator Insights is for science geeks, rule-breakers, academics, students, entrepreneurs and anyone who loves learning. Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Colorado Boulder, talks to pioneering researchers, scholars and artists about why they are so dedicated to discovery, and their visions of the future in the wide range of fields they explore. Listeners will get a behind-the-curtain look at some of the most innovative, ground-breaking ideas in the world, along with the personal journeys that made those discoveries possible.

    Episode 8: Dr. Jennifer Balch

    Episode 8: Dr. Jennifer Balch

    In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Balch, associate professor of geography and director of Earth Lab­–a project at CU Boulder and CIRES. We’ll learn about how her work in places like Kenya and Amazon rainforests shaped her interests in the relationships between fire, Earth systems and people, and how she’s working to transform data into insights to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

    *Intro and outro music by the artist, Broke for Free. (http://brokeforfree.com/)

    • 23 min
    Episode 7: Dr. Sidney D'Mello

    Episode 7: Dr. Sidney D'Mello

    In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Sidney D’Mello, Associate Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science at CU Boulder. Dr. D’Mello describes how his unique combination of education and research experiences led to his leading-edge work at the Institute for Student-AI Teaming, which is reimagining the role of artificial intelligence in the classroom to better serve both students and teachers. 

    *Intro and outro music by the artist, Broke for Free. (http://brokeforfree.com/)

    • 23 min
    Episode 6: Dr. Jennifer Ho

    Episode 6: Dr. Jennifer Ho

    In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Jennifer Ho, professor in the department of Ethnic Studies and the director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts. Dr. Ho tells us about how growing up in an Asian-American family, along with more recent societal and personal transformations, has influenced her scholarship and emboldened her efforts to end racism.

    *Intro and outro music by the artist, Broke for Free. (http://brokeforfree.com/)

    • 25 min
    Episode 5: Dr. Evan Thomas

    Episode 5: Dr. Evan Thomas

    In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Evan Thomas, a professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering. Dr. Thomas shares how his family’s interests in journalism, engineering and entrepreneurship, as well as his experiences with Engineering Without Borders, inspired him to tackle global poverty through his work and teaching.

    *Intro and outro music by the artist, Broke for Free. (http://brokeforfree.com/)

    • 23 min
    Episode 4: Dr. Sona Dimidjian

    Episode 4: Dr. Sona Dimidjian

    In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Sona Dimidjian, director of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute, which seeks to promote the wellness of young people and the systems and adults who support them through interdisciplinary research-practice partnerships. Dr. Dimidjian’s research focuses on cultivating mental health and wellness among women, children, and families by engaging people’s capacities for learning to care for themselves and their communities.

    *Intro and outro music by the artist, Broke for Free. (http://brokeforfree.com/)

    • 23 min
    Episode 3: Dr. Lori Peek

    Episode 3: Dr. Lori Peek

    In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Lori Peek, Professor of Sociology, Faculty Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science and Director of the Natural Hazards Center. We’ll learn about her formative years in small-town Kansas, how her research helping us learn from disasters like Hurricane Katrina the COVID-19 pandemic, and her love for teaching and mentoring students.

    *Intro and outro music by the artist, Broke for Free. (http://brokeforfree.com/)

    • 24 min

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The personal stories behind groundbreaking research!

This podcast is a fantastic opportunity to hear how award-winning faculty developed their research interests. Terri Fiez does a great job of pulling on the personal threads that reveal what motivated the most innovative research breakthroughs in quantum, mental health, and climate science.

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