Nutrition with the Culinary MD

Today we got to meet Dr. Jennifer Carroll - a medical doctor, professor, AND research director at the CU School of Medicine. She is also one-half of the Culinary MDs, on a mission to spread healthy eating through easy, delicious recipes.

After learning about her 20-year career and wide range of experiences as both a doctor and a researcher, she showed us how to make a raw cauliflower โ€œcouscousโ€ salad. We were surprised at how tasty and satisfying you could make a meal using only fruits and vegetables!

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Biomedical Engineering

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This month we welcomed Paige Lonergan, a biomedical engineer at 3D Systems Healthcare. We got to learn about different types of 3D printing and some examples of cases she has been a part of since she started her career. We also got to see and hold actual 3D printed models such as a kidney, a jaw and prosthetics! Then, we designed our own ideas for a 3D medical device for animals and presented them to the group.

Women in Cable Telecommunications

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Today we heard from a panel of three women from the Women in Cable Telecommunications, Rocky Mountain Chapter. We took part in a 20 minute question and answer session focused mostly on the path leading up to their careers today and how they arrived there.

Then we learned about how digital devices understand data as binary digits, and applied this to our own names to โ€œspellโ€ them in binary. We chose two different colors of beads to represent the 1โ€™s and 0โ€™s, and made binary necklaces that represent our names!

Computer Science

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Reminder: Gingerbread Bridge Competition - Nov. 16

Today we welcomed Buffy Ransom, a Senior Vice President for Oracle Software Support. She brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of customer support, process re-engineering, and training. Buffy has an MS in Computer Information Systems, and a BS in Business Administration degree from Colorado State University.

ACTIVITY: Make your own chatbot!

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Kicking off

We had a blast meeting each other and collaborating on Trashinโ€™ Fashion โ€“ designing with upcycled materials in the spirit of creativity and innovation!

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Meet your Chapter Leaders

Alexa Johnston

I graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a degree in Construction Management and Spanish. After graduating from college, I spent three months in Argentina volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

I have been with Mortenson Construction since 2011, and worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from hotels to office buildings to hospitals to flight training centers.  I am currently working on the construction of a private school.

As a project manager for a general contractor, I work closely with the owner, project team, and subcontractors to deliver buildings on time, safely, and on budget.


Daryn Giddings

I received my degree in Construction Management through the Boise State College of Engineering in 2012. My college years were spent volunteering for the Boise AGC Student Chapter where we planned and executed small construction projects throughout town, where my love for construction and interest in volunteering really developed.

I am currently in my 6th year with Mortenson construction where I am a Senior Project Engineer. My entire career has been spent on jobsites ranging from college football stadiums to hotels.  At the end of 2017 I transferred from Arizona to Colorado with my family to continue my career in construction.

Working as a General Contractor, my job includes managing subcontractors, scheduling, safety/quality control and coordinating different construction elements as they are installed in the field.