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2016 CO-LABS Governor's Award logo final

“What I love about CO-LABS is you have an ecosystem of scientists working on a vast array of difficult and perplexing problems, and yet they talk to each other, they work with each other, they inspire each other. I take great pride that we are in the foundational position to address so many societal challenges. On behalf of the entire state of Colorado want to extend congratulations and appreciation for all that all of you do, especially the winners.”

- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Eighth Annual Event Honored Colorado’s
Top Scientists and Engineers
for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society!

From the furthest reaches of space to the smallest quantum particles to measurements of atmospheric gases and assessment of human B cell antibodies – on October 6, 2016 CO-LABS hosted the premier scientific research recognition event in Colorado with over 170 researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials as we celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federal research labs.
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WINNER In the category of Earth Systems and Space Sciences:

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

LASP Director Dr. Daniel Baker Leads Research on Critical

Space Weather Forecasting Missions READ MORE
Winner in the category of Foundational Science and Technology:

JILA is a joint institute between CU-Boulder

and the National Institute of Standards and Technology

The JILA Quantum Machine Team: Extending Mastery of Quantum Mechanics

from Microscopic Particles to Human-Made Machines READ MORE

Winner in the category of Public Health and Life Sciences:

Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention,

Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (CDC) 

Innovative Diagnostic Response to Public Health Emergencies -

Zika and Yellow Fever Epidemics READ MORE

Winner in the category of Sustainability:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Earth Systems Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL)

Preparing and Maintaining Critical Greenhouse Gas Calibration Standards

and Methods Used in the Worldwide Monitoring

of these Critical Atmospheric Gases

Honorable Mention:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL's Battery Internal Short-Circuit (ISC) Device:

A Breakthrough in Battery Safety READ MORE

Watch their Spotlight Videos - and say "WOW!"​
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History of the Governor’s Awards for High Impact Research:

Started in 2009, the annual Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research celebrates the brilliant ground-breaking discoveries and innovative research from Colorado’s ecosystem of federally-funded laboratories and institutions. That year, following the creation of CO-LABS in 2007, Governor Bill Ritter suggested hosting a celebratory and spotlighting event; the various labs were prompted to submit nominations and a Selection Committee was convened of professional researchers, technologists, academics and economic development experts to identify remarkable research having “high impact” on society. 


Each year at this event, CO-LABS spotlights the men and women creating our future through brilliant technological and engineering discoveries in aerospace, energy, agriculture, public health, weather prediction, wildlife ecology, communication, earth science and dozens of other fields of research right here in our communities. Over the years Colorado Governors Ritter and Hickenlooper have presented winners with these awards and comments recognizing their impact on our country's leadership in science.

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