BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Agricultural land policy evaluation in western Colorado

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Ella Sanders, Agricultural Land Policy in Western Colorado

Growing the Regional Food System through Land Use Policies in Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle Counties
Student Researcher:
 Ella Sanders

Link to Capstone Poster  
Link to Executive Summary 

This project is a policy evaluation of land use and open space policies in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, with the intent to identify ways in which land, water, and markets can be made more accessible to first generation farmers. Land use codes, comprehensive plans, open space policies, and nonprofit programs were evaluated for each county. From here, policy recommendations are provided to help the Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA) advocate for policies that encourage first generation farming and grow the regional food system. 

BIRD Past Research Projects

Agricultural land policy evaluation in western Colorado

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Ella Sanders, Agricultural Land Policy in Western Colorado

Growing the Regional Food System through Land Use Policies in Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle Counties
Student Researcher:
 Ella Sanders

Link to Capstone Poster  
Link to Executive Summary 

This project is a policy evaluation of land use and open space policies in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, with the intent to identify ways in which land, water, and markets can be made more accessible to first generation farmers. Land use codes, comprehensive plans, open space policies, and nonprofit programs were evaluated for each county. From here, policy recommendations are provided to help the Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA) advocate for policies that encourage first generation farming and grow the regional food system.