Three projects get Creative Works boost from CSU Ventures

Three Colorado State University research projects have received CSU Ventures Creative Works Commercialization Awards. The annual grant program is available to early-stage CSU innovators whose intellectual property could be eligible for copyright, trademark or design patent protection.

Creative Works projects are awarded up to $15,000. They are available to faculty, researchers or graduate students in varying disciplines. Priority considerations are given to the following colleges: Liberal Arts, Business, Health and Human Sciences and the Warner College of Natural Resources.

“The Creative Works program is an opportunity for CSU Ventures to engage with CSU researchers across diverse disciplines that we have not traditionally had the opportunity to work with,” said Rod Tompkins, director of licensing and business development at CSU Ventures. “It contributes to fulfilling our mission of serving the CSU research community, and to bring innovations into the world.”

This year’s Creative Works recipients

Marla Christine Roll, Department of Occupational Therapy: The stories behind universal design, accessibility and diversity: a video curriculum for faculty. This project will address the growing need on college campuses to make digital content universally accessible to address legal mandates for disability access, and to support the inclusion of diverse students. Roll and the Assistive Technology Resource Center will create short “storytelling” videos to introduce concepts of diversity intended to educate faculty and staff about the benefits of universally designed instructional materials.

Marco Martinez and Leslie Stone-Roy, Department of Biomedical Sciences: Development of a Software Library for Sensory Substitution Devices Including Smart Mouthware. The grant will support a software library for auditory-sensory substitution systems, in an effort to help people with hearing impairment. The library will be used by CSU researchers who are studying the tongue as a new way to hear. The software library may also be used for research and development outside of CSU.

Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: Developing an Ecological Momentary Intervention for a Mindfulness Intervention: A Program to Decrease Stress and Anxiety in Youth. The goal of the project is a digitally delivered (via cell phone) supplement to a mindfulness intervention for adolescents. This supplement will be delivered between group meeting sessions, and will support the application of mindfulness practices into daily life and boost efficacy of the mindfulness intervention.

CSU University Communications Staff