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.  

The impact of psychosocial stress on gestation length and pregnancy outcomes on the pacific island of Tutuila, Samoa

Date: 1/1/20
Principal Researchers: Dufour, D. Location: Samoa

Darna L Dufour, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder, is supervising a PhD student, Michaela Howells, in a study of the effects of psychosocial stress on gestation length and pregnancy outcome (birth weight and infant anthropometrics). The study is longitudinal and using fertility monitors to determine the most likely timing of ovulation, a biomarker of implantation, and multiple measure of psychosocial stress including Epstein-Barr virus antibodies, a questionnaire-based measure of status incongruence and a standardized questionnaire-based measure of psychosocial stress.

BIRD Past Research Projects

The impact of psychosocial stress on gestation length and pregnancy outcomes on the pacific island of Tutuila, Samoa

Date: 1/1/20
Principal Researchers: Dufour, D. Location: Samoa

Darna L Dufour, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder, is supervising a PhD student, Michaela Howells, in a study of the effects of psychosocial stress on gestation length and pregnancy outcome (birth weight and infant anthropometrics). The study is longitudinal and using fertility monitors to determine the most likely timing of ovulation, a biomarker of implantation, and multiple measure of psychosocial stress including Epstein-Barr virus antibodies, a questionnaire-based measure of status incongruence and a standardized questionnaire-based measure of psychosocial stress.