Department of Physics & Energy Science



UCCS Center of the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Osborne Science and Engineering Building
Main Office A452
Director: Bob Camley (719) 255-3512
Lab Manager: Yuriy Garbovskiy (719) 255-3123
Admin. Operations Manager: Kristen Petersen (719) 255-3964


The UCCS Center of the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute (BioFrontiers-UCCS) is devoted to collaborations between scientists across disciplines to advance biotechnology. The initial focus of BioFrontiers-UCCS is to complete collaborative research projects in biology and physics. Our goal is to attract talented researchers and students by providing an environment that encourages and rewards innovative thinking and collaborative research. As BioFrontiers-UCCS grows, additional research areas will be added, bridging such disciplines as physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computational science, and biology.

The BioFrontiers Institute began at CU Boulder as the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology (CIMB) and has evolved into a system-wide program. The Institute is headquartered on the CU Boulder campus and is currently headed by Tom Cech (Nobel Prize winner) and Leslie Leinwand. We anticipate active collaboration between researchers at the different campuses. As an extension of the BioFrontiers Institute in Boulder, BioFrontiers-UCCS currently has seven faculty members whose research will contribute to the BioFrontiers effort. We have extensive lab facilities and equipment in the new Osborne Science and Engineering Center.

BioFrontiers-UCCS is funded by a generous donation from the CU Foundation.


Research in magnetism has exploded in the past 15 years because of the novel properties of layered magnetic films, where an individual layer can be only 5 atoms thick. Some of this research was quickly transferred into practical devices - creating a 20 GigaByte magnetic storage system on something the size of a postal stamp. The Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures is dedicated to the study of magnetic phenomena, particularly in ultra-small magnetic structures.

The current research of the Center is concentrated on understanding and manipulating high frequency electromagnetic waves (10-80 GHz) using structured magnetic materials. This is particularly important because there are "windows" in this frequency range where electromagnetic waves can penetrate fog and smoke. These windows could allow the landing of planes in poor weather through radar guidance, for example.

The work of the Center is funded from grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the US Army Research Office, and NISSC. The total funding is about $300,000 per year. The Center also has much active collaboration including interactions with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Western Australia, University of California at Irvine, University of Silesia Poland, IFW in Germany, and University of Central Florida. The Center also actively involves all levels of students. In the past year we have had 5 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students, and two high school students working with us. Of the 11 papers published by center faculty this year, four included students as co-authors.

Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures

Science Center

We promote excellence in science and success for all students in their academic careers at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Towards this end, we extend our services to our students and across our university community.

To Our Students: Because students' needs and backgrounds are highly individual, the Science Center offers exemplary support to promote success. The Center provides drop-in tutoring for individuals and small groups, problem-solving sessions (called Extra Instruction, or EI, sessions), and a wide variety of course materials (e.g., help sheets, problem sheets, practice exams and quizzes). Working together, peer tutors and students build collaborative communities to help students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics and science.

The Science Center

Western Regional Radon Training Center

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.

Western Regional Radon Training Center