Please congratulate and welcome our new CRC fellows for this academic year!  Please be on the look out for announcement of upcoming CRC fellows events!

Jenny Filipetti is an electronic media artist, creative technology advocate, and assistant


professor at Inworks at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. Her work explores how through technology we might extend human perceptual abilities and render the imperceptible material. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver and a degree in Art-Semiotics from Brown University.




Alireza Vahid received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif UniversityVaheed
of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2009, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering both from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 2012 and 2015 respectively. From 2015 to 2017 he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Information Initiative at Duke University, Durham, NC. He is currently an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver. His research interests include network information theory, wireless communications, statistics and machine learning.

Dr. Vahid received the 2015 Outstanding PhD Thesis Research Award at Cornell University. He also received the Director’s Ph.D. Teaching Assistant Award in 2010,Jacobs Scholar Fellowship in 2009, and Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship in 2013.


Allison Goodwell is a new assistant professor in Civil Engineering at CU Denver.  SheAEG_headshotphoto received her PhD from the University of Illinois in 2017, and is originally from Indiana.  Her research foci are in ecohydrology and hydro-climatic variability, and she is interested in using information theory and complex network tools to study these areas. In her PhD research, she characterized process connectivity, or joint interactions, between variables in an ecosystem to show why responses to disturbances like rainfall or drought can differ between sites. In addition to continuing this research, she is currently beginning to study trends in rainfall persistence, drivers of changing streamflow, and relationships between data and models, or whether our models might “get the right answers for the right reasons”.  As a CRC Fellow, Allison is collaborating on a food-water-energy (FEW) nexus initiative that will focus on FEW interactions in urban and suburban areas.  She currently teaches CVEN 2200, Computational Methods for Civil Engineers, and CVEN 5407, Complex Systems Modeling for Sustainability Analysis.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Colorado, watching movies, going to group fitness classes at the new wellness center, and doing crochet projects based on hydrologic datasets.machine learning.


William Swann is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at the UniversitySwann_photo_2
of Colorado Denver. His PhD in public administration is from Florida State University. He has an MPA from the University of Rhode Island and a BSBA in Finance from Bryant University. His research interests revolve around urban sustainability and collaborative governance. His work focuses on how strategic management, organizational development, and inter-organizational collaboration relate to sustainable energy, land use, health, and climate policy activities and outcomes in cities. His research can be found in public administration and urban studies journals. Through the Creative Research Collaborative (CRC) fellowship, he will be working with Dr. Allison Goodwell and Dr. Alireza Vahid on the development of a multi-year project focused on robust modeling of food-energy-water systems across diverse development settings in Colorado.


Dr. Amy Robertsis an Assistant Professor in the Physics department, where she searchesphoto_AmyRoberts_JaneRoberts for “dark matter” with specialized detectors.  Although gravitational measurements suggest this “dark matter” makes up fully 80% of the universe’s mass, it has never been directly detected.  She is also a member of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration (SuperCDMS), which specializes in sensing the faintest possible signals from highly-sensitive phonon detectors.  Her work focuses on understanding the detector response at low energies, novel signal analysis, and the data acquisition and software tools needed to keep our specialized detectors running optimally.

Dr. Roberts joined CU Denver from the University of South Dakota, where she first began working with the SuperCDMS dark-matter search.  Prior to that, she worked in experimental nuclear physics, first at the Notre Dame Nuclear Lab making nuclear structure measurements to help understand the nature of the neutrino, and then at Los Alamos National Laboratory modeling ultra-cold neutron beamlines to make high-precision measurements of fundamental neutron properties.

Dr. Roberts has focused her career on building and understanding detectors to study questions fundamental to physics as well as sharing solutions to common data, software, and analysis problems with a larger community.  Of the recognitions she has received, she is proudest of the Notre Dame Nuclear Lab Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the lab.


ORDE Faculty Seminars Fall 2018

AMC: NIH K Awardees Panel
September 12, 2018
12:00 – 2:00
Location: Education 2 North, Rm 1103
Faculty Experts: Sarah Borengasser, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine; Heather Coates, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing; & Danielle Soranno, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
The mentored NIH Research Career Development Award or K Award is unique among NIH grants. Successful candidates not only have to propose an excellent research plan but also have to show that they need mentoring and that they have the potential to be independent investigators. Join us to better understand the NIH K Awards and hear from recent awardees of the K01, K99, and K08.
 Denver: Academic v. Grant Writing
September 27, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: CU Building, Rm 3301
Faculty Expert: Bud Talbot, Assistant Professor, Science Education and Laurel Hartley, Associate Professor, Biology
Research faculty need to write a lot, writing articles and grant proposals in particular. But, these are very different types of writing. The academic writing that goes into articles is often oriented toward other experts in the field. Proposal writing however requires the PI to pitch their idea and convince readers to invest in their project. In this seminar we will look at the difference between these types of writing, looking particularly at how you can switch gears from academic writing to grant writing. Additionally, we will learn from our faculty experts how to write in these different capacities collaboratively.
AMC: Scientific & Grant Writing Symposium
October 16, 2018
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Education 2 South, Rm 1102
Faculty Guest Experts: Spero Manson, Associate Dean for Research, Colorado School of Public Health; Jennifer Kemp, Director, Research Office, Department of Medicine; Garth Sundem, Science Writer, Cancer Center; and Naomi Nishi, Associate Director of ORDE
Science writing and grant writing are not usually considered synonymous with clear and compelling writing. This is usually because science and grant writing require engaging complex, and highly technical subject matter. But, it can be done. Join us for this symposium and hear from several professional science/grant writers on how to improve your craft.
Denver: New Faculty Symposium
October 24, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Student Commons, Rm 1401
Faculty Expert: Bob Damrauer, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research Services
Early Career Investigators often feel a bit isolated from the research community on a new campus. This new faculty symposium is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the CU Denver research community and introduce yourself and your work. You also will learn more about all of the research processes and resources available to you.
AMC: Know Your Agency: American Diabetes Association
November 6, 2018
12:00 – 1:30
Location: Education 2 North, Rm 1107
Faculty Expert: Jane Reusch, Professor, School of Medicine
In the Know Your Agency Lunches, we feature a specific agency and ask either an investigator funded by the agency or an agency insider to give an overview of the agency and offer some of the nuances that might not be readily available on the website or program announcement. These lunches also offer an opportunity for investigators interested in applying to the agency the chance to ask questions of someone more experienced with the agency.
Denver: Know Your Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
November 7, 2018
12:00 – 1:30
Location: CU Building, Rm 490
Faculty Expert: Shale Wong, Professor, School of Medicine
In the Know Your Agency Lunches, we feature a specific agency and ask either an investigator funded by the agency or an agency insider to give an overview of the agency and offer some of the nuances that might not be readily available on the website or program announcement. These lunches also offer an opportunity for investigators interested in applying to the agency the chance to ask questions of someone more experienced with the agency.