16 episodes

Buff Innovator Insights is for science geeks, rule-breakers, academics, students, entrepreneurs and anyone who loves learning. Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research and 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

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Buff Innovator Insights is for science geeks, rule-breakers, academics, students, entrepreneurs and anyone who loves learning. Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research and 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.

    Dr. John Crimaldi

    Dr. John Crimaldi

    Dr. John Crimaldi – Odor2Action; Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

    In this episode, we’ll meet Dr. John Crimaldi, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. We’ll learn about his early fascination with sailing and how it set the course for his lifelong interest in fluid mechanics. As the Network Lead for the ambitious Odor2Action project, he also tells us about this international network working to understand how brains organize and process information from odors to guide behaviors.

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

    • 25 min
    Heather Reed & Pete Withnell

    Heather Reed & Pete Withnell

    Heather Reed & Pete Withnell­ – Emirates Mars Mission; Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

    Currently in orbit, the Emirates Mars Mission Hope spacecraft will spend two years gathering crucial science data on the planet's weather and climate systems. In this episode, we’ll learn from engineering and management team members–and married dynamic duo–Heather Reed and Pete Withnell about the extraordinary international collaboration that made this mission possible and more terrestrial effects of the mission on their family.

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

    • 22 min
    Dr. Noah Fierer

    Dr. Noah Fierer

    This episode features Dr. Noah Fierer, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Center for Microbial Exploration at CU Boulder. We’ll learn about his natural curiosity for learning, and his unexpected and enduring passion for...SOIL! And he gives us a glimpse into the hidden world of microbes, the functions they serve, and how his research aims to help us understand and improve the health of our environment and ourselves.

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

    • 24 min
    Dr. Christine Lv

    Dr. Christine Lv

    This episode features Dr. Christine Lv, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and CU Boulder Campus Director for “ASPIRE,” a new NSF center that is exploring transportation challenges facing our world today. In addition to learning about the work of the new center, we’ll hear about Dr. Lv’s journey from China to Princeton and eventually to CU Boulder, where her interdisciplinary research intersects with domains such as Earth sciences, transportation electrification and sustainability.

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

    • 22 min
    Dr. Iain Boyd

    Dr. Iain Boyd

    This episode features Dr. Iain Boyd, H.T. Sears Memorial Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Director of the Center for National Security Initiatives at CU Boulder. We’ll hear about how Dr. Boyd followed his early interest in math from Scotland to England, and then to the U.S., where he’s now regarded as pioneer in hypersonics and a key figure in deploying computation and technology to solve our most pressing challenges.

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

    • 23 min
    Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller

    Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller

    This episode features Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and Director for the Navigating the New Arctic Community Office–both hosted at CU Boulder. We’ll hear about how his family-centered upbringing in rural Pennsylvania formed the foundations for his lifelong work exploring the relationships between the physical environment and the communities–especially indigenous communities–that dwell there.

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

    • 25 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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