Samantha Bruner, alumni relations with the College of Business at UCCS, recently received the Leadership Pikes Peak 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Bruner was cited for her work with the College of Business as well as with a business she operates, Colorado Springs Food Tours, and a Leadership Pikes Peak alumni advisory board. She is a 2006 UCCS College of Business graduate. … A group from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and National Jewish Health has been awarded a patent for a novel, antibody-based approach to prevent or treat Type 1 Diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. The inventors listed on this patent are John Kappler (School of Medicine departments of Immunology, Medicine and Pharmacology, and National Jewish Health), Li Zhang (SOM department of pediatrics, and Barbara Davis Center), and George Eisenbarth (the former director of CU’s Barbara Davis Center, now deceased), as well as Brian Stadinski, a former CU-NJH researcher now at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Another group of researchers led by Alan Weimer (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) has been awarded a patent for a process that uses concentrated sunlight to form syngas or hydrogen. This process can efficiently and inexpensively produce useful fuels with no emissions, waste, or transportation requirements. Other inventors listed on this patent are former CU researchers Karen Buechler and Jaimee Dahl, former CU instrument maker Willy Grothe, and collaborators from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Allan Lewandowski and Carl Bingham).