You’re All Systems Entrepreneurs!

Hello All-

We hope that the first few weeks of spring semester 2021 are going smoothly for you! As we continue to work through a pandemic amid racial and economic injustice and political unrest, we are moved by how you’re forging ahead with your innovation incubator projects. You are not only innovators, but also impactful teams of systems entrepreneursthose who find opportunities “to leverage innovative ideas for much greater system impact” and “connect an alternative approach to the resources of the dominant system”. The transformative work of the incubator, your work, is critical to maintaining balance in the A&S ecosystem. Where the institution stands for continuity, you all provide a healthy dose of much needed change. Thank you!

This spring, incubator teams are busy mentoring and hiring undergraduate students interns. We’re adding five new interns to the three interns — Elise, Alexis, and Rob — that joined our community via the CAMPP team last fall — it’s a true cohort of students making valuable contributions to your projects! We’ll introduce new interns soon. In the meantime, check-out more news from across our four incubator teams:

  • The Student Success team is launching a Gamification Community of Practice (GCoP) that will take place from 4:00-5:15pm on the first Tuesday of every month starting in February. In the first session on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Student Success team members Michaele Ferguson (PSCI), Catherine Kunce (PWR), and David Paradis (HIST) will share about Reacting to the Past pedagogy which asks students to step back in time to embody the persona of a historical figure, to argue from their perspective, and to defend their world-changing decisions. Learn more about the GCoP and, please, share about it with your colleagues!
  • Congratulations to Vilja Hulden (HIST) of the Inclusive Data Science team! Vilja was recently awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-Mellon Fellowship for digital publication. Research supported by the fellowship focuses on analyzing congressional testimony of labor groups dating back to 1877. Join us in celebrating Vilja and read more about her work!
  • Keep an eye out for the forthcoming Coursera course #TalkMentalIllness created by Metacognition & Wellbeing team member June Gruber (PSYC). This non-credit course, which aims to spread knowledge about mental illness and the impacts of the pandemic on mental health, helps people apply their learning so they can enjoy better lives. It is offered for free to CU Boulder faculty, staff, students and alumni who have a email address. Please share about this important, timely resource with your students and colleagues.
  • Check out the Community Performance Toolbox an Open Educational Resource (OER) created by Beth Osnes (THDN) of the CAMPP (Collective to Advance Multimodal Participatory Publishing) team, Beth’s colleague Nii Armah Sowah, and their students. The toolbox is “a repository of performance-based activities, exercises, and games… offered freely to anyone anywhere using performance-based methods for community engagement. It has material for both ‘in person’ and ‘video conference’ classes or gatherings”. Particularly as we continue to teach and learn through the pandemic, the Community Performance Toolbox is a valuable tool for anyone looking to increase student engagement.

Funding Opportunities:

Simons Foundation (PSYC/Neuroscience), Bridge to Independence Award— Due April 5, 2021

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication — Due April 28, 2021

John Templeton Foundation, explore these funding areas: Science & the Big QuestionsCharacter Virtue Development — Due August 20, 2021

Are you interested in learning how to streamline your search for relevant funding. RIO is hosting a session for faculty on how to effectively search for funding opportunities on Tuesday, February 2nd from 10-11am. Learn more and register here!

Before signing off — a note to say that incubator community care packages will “drop” (into the mail, that is…) in the next week. They should arrive at your doorstep in early February. Get ready to think, act, and share creatively —to get your hands in the dirt and spin up a line of poetry or two, too!


Blair & the ASSETT team

Image credit: Laura Ockel on Unsplash

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