Mountain Lion Research Day set for Friday

Faculty examine a poster at the 2011 Mountain Lion Research Day. Photo by Jeff Foster

Faculty examine a poster at the 2011 Mountain Lion Research Day. Photo by Jeff Foster

Workplace burnout, privacy, domestic violence and wireless communication are among topics featured Friday at the 2012 Mountain Lion Research Day in the Gallogy Events Center.

So are capillary electrophoresis, disruptive diffusion, wireless torque sensing and other subjects that probably aren’t familiar to the rank-and-file population. Yet these are all among the wide range of areas UCCS researchers are investigating and presenting at the fourth annual research showcase. The event is sponsored by the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization and the Office of Research and Innovation.

Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with poster displays of 80 research projects undertaken by UCCS faculty, staff and students. Featured speakers and presentations begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the morning. Visitors may attend any sessions they choose; a luncheon and keynote address require reservations.

Michael Larson, El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation, and associate vice chancellor, Research and Innovation, described the two major objectives for Mountain Lion Research Day.

The event allows UCCS faculty to become better acquainted with the research being conducted by colleagues at the university with the hope of stimulating cross-campus collaborations, he said. It also introduces potential partners in the Pikes Peak region to the research happening at UCCS.

“As a regional university, it behooves UCCS researchers to engage with entities in Colorado Springs,” he said. “UCCS is important to the future growth of southern Colorado in many ways, not the least of which is by being a vibrant research university providing support for the companies who are already here or who may relocate here.”

The Mountain Lion Research Day 2012 schedule of events:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Presenter set-up. Posters available for viewing all morning.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Poster presentations.
  • 9 a.m. – Featured speaker John Crumlin, assistant research professor, CU Aging Center.
  • 10 a.m. – Featured speaker Charles “Chip” Benight, professor, Psychology Department, and director, Trauma, Health and Hazards Center.
  • 11 a.m. – Featured speaker Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, assistant professor, Biology Department.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Luncheon featuring keynote speaker James O. Hill, executive director, Colorado Center for Health and Wellness, CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and current director, Center for Human Nutrition, CU Anschutz Medical Campus. For more information about Hill, visit

There is no cost to attend but luncheon reservations are required. Contact Bev Wasinger, program assistant, El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization,, or 719-255-3631.

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