LAS Centers


Center for Advanced Technologies & Optical Materials

Director: Anatoliy Glushchenko, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3130
Location: ENGR 210

The mission of the Center is to provide a state of the art platform for cutting edge research and development in the areas of applied optics and advanced materials. The Center also provides research opportunities for scholars and the academic community, and strong education and training for current professionals, graduates and undergraduates students.


UCCS Aging Center

Director: Sara H. Qualls, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-8038
Location: UCCS Aging Center, LANE Center for Academic Health,  Suite 321

The CU Aging Center (CUAC) is a psychology training clinic and a nonprofit organization affiliated with the UCCS doctoral program in clinical psychology. CUAC provides professional training for UCCS psychology students and comprehensive psychological and wellness services for older adults and their families, as well as consultation to community agencies that assist them.


Biotechnology Center

Director: Tom Wolkow, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3663
Location: OCSE B403

The mission of the Biotech Center is to advance local biotechnology start-ups and enterprises by supporting their research and commercial endeavors. The Biotech Center has wet laboratory space and equipment to share for this purpose. Please contact Dr. Wolkow if you would like to tour the facility. Local high school and community college educators interested in using the center or borrowing its equipment are also encouraged to contact Dr. Wolkow.


Center for Cognitive Archaeology

Director: Tom Wynn, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3126
Location: CENT 122

The mission of the Center for Cognitive Archaeology (CCA) is to provide graduate and undergraduate students at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and throughout the world the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in humans and other primates through the lenses of psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. 


Center for Economic Education

Director: John Brock, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-4033
Location: ACAD 214

The Center for Economic Education engages in programs and activities designed to raise the general level of economic understanding, with special emphasis given to K-12 school teachers and school districts in Colorado, including international economics study tour travel opportunities for teachers. The Center also conducts additional economic and financial literacy education programs in Colorado and in other partner countries.


Heller Center for Arts and Humanities

Director: Minette Church, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3064
Location: CENT 124

The Heller Center is vital to the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences on UCCS campus and in the Pikes Peak region, providing a sense of place, history, and creativity, as well as a retreat for visiting artists and scholars. The Center provides creative academic spaces and collaborative programs for faculty, students, and community partners.


Center for Legal Studies

Director: Raphael Sassower, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-4090
Location: COLU 4059

The Legal Studies Center coordinates the pre-law minor and organizes programs and events for students considering a legal career.


Center for Magnetism & Magnetic Nanostructures

Director: Robert Camley, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3512
Location: ENGR 208

The Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures does both fundamental and applied research in the general field of magnetism and magnetic materials. Specific topics include: signal processing in the 10-100 GHz range using magnetic materials, development of new magnetic materials, on-wafer magnetic inductors, and magnetic nanoparticles and their use in biotechnology, drug delivery, and microwave devices.


Matrix Center for the
Advancement of Social Equity & Inclusion

Director: Dena Samuels, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-4117
Location: ACAD 409

The purpose of the Matrix Center is to examine the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality as they interact with each other and with other dimensions of privilege, oppression, and inequality. The Matrix Center offers workshops and training, both on and off campus, facilitated by national experts, authors, and educators involved in shaping the national discourse around diversity and contributing to the development of best practices.


Center for Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials

Director: Anatoliy Pinchuk, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3556
Location: Osborne B113

The mission of the Center for Plasmonics, Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (CPNM) is to foster education of 21st century scientist and engineers through an active learning process involving research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The CPNM promotes innovation in the area of Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials and provides a common collaborative framework for education, research and development. The CPNM is housed by the UCCS Physics Department. The CPNM focuses its activities on fundamental and applied research in the area of Photonics, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials.


Colorado Center for Policy Studies

Director: Daphne Greenwood, Ph.D.
Phone:(719) 255-4031
Location: ACAD 205

The Colorado Center for Policy Studies applies economic principles and research results to critical policy issues such as economic development, education, and tax structures. Faculty with expertise in a variety of areas, along with some of our best students, conduct applied research and provide advice and information to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations.


Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life

Director: Jeff Scholes, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-8113
Location: COLU 4057

The Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life aims to foster a healthy and fruitful relationship between the university and the surrounding community as it concerns religious issues and public life. The Center neither aligns itself with any political ideology or religion, but provides a needed platform for faculty, students, guest speakers, pastors, community leaders, and citizens to engage in scholarly efforts, open dialogue, and future action.

Western Regional Radon Training Center

Director: James Burkart, Ph.D.
Phone: (719) 255-3214
Location: ENGR 207

The Western Regional Radon Training Center, founded by the U.S. EPA, is charged with training, curriculum development and public outreach on matters concerning radon testing, radon mitigation and radon health effects. Appropriate classes are held at the UCCS campus periodically and at various locations around the western United States, including Tribal Lands.