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Ninth Annual Event Honored Colorado’s
Top Scientists and Engineers
for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society
From the quantum realm of bioscience to the vanguard of atmospheric physics, from the technology advancing new possibilities in manufacturing to crucial new assessments of severe weather – CO-LABS was proud to convene more than 200 fellow champions of science at Colorado's premier scientific research recognition event on October 5, 2017.
Researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, technology experts, STEM educators and government officials mingled and celebrated the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs!
WINNER: JILA and Dr. Tom Perkins' New Twists in the Molecules of Life
Thomas T. Perkins, Ph.D. Fellow of JILA & Adjunct Professor,
Dept. of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado
WINNER: Seeing More with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)
Dr. Robert Keller, Leader, Nanoscale Reliability Group, NIST
Dr. Roy Geiss, Analytical Specialist TEM/SEM, Colorado State University
Dr. Katherine Rice, Applications Scientist, CAMECA
WINNER: GPS Reflections: Innovative Techniques
Kristine Larson, Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
John Braun, Project Scientist, UCAR COSMIC Program
Eric Small, Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
Valery Zavorotny, Physicist, Physical Sciences Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA
WINNER: GOES-16 the New Generation of Geostationary Weather Satellites
Cooperative Institute For Research in the Atmospheric (CIRA)
Steven Miller, Senior Research Scientist, CIRA
Curtis Seaman, Research Scientist, CIRA
Daniel Lindsey, Research Meteorologist, NOAA/NESDIS/RAMMB
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2017 Governor's Awards for High Impact R...
2017 CO LABS Governor's Award for High Impact Research event
The 2017 CO-LABS Governor's Awards for High Impact Research event on October 5, 2017 recognized four significant research projects with an audience of over 220 supporters of science. From the quantum realm of bioscience to the vanguard of atmospheric physics, from the technology advancing new possibilities in manufacturing to crucial new assessments of severe weather – CO-LABS was proud to convene more than 200 fellow champions of science at Colorado's premier scientific research recognition event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, technology experts, STEM educators and government officials mingled and celebrated the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs! See the winning projects' individual videos for more details. This year's winners are • JILA and Dr. Tom Perkins' New twists in the molecules of life • NIST - Seeing More with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) • NOAA/CU-Boulder/UCAR - GPS Reflections: Innovative Techniques • CIRA - GOES-16 the New Generation of Geostationary Weather Satellites Also for 2017 there are three Honorable Mentions: • USDA ARS - Sugar Beet research with High Impact in Colorado, the USA and the World • CIRES - Snow Research Improves Avalanche Safety, Water Resource Management • NOAA ESRL- Science on a Sphere and SOS Explorer visualization systems James Balog gave the keynote, speaking on “The Value of Scientific Research in the Anthropocene.” Mr. Balog is the world-renowned photographer featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Chasing Ice and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey. His insight into global environmental and societal trends, and the crucial role research plays in assessing complex factors shaping our world make him a compelling addition to this year’s CO-LABS Awards ceremony. “I've always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception,” says Mr. Balog. “I look forward to joining the esteemed guests at the Governor’s Awards to discuss and share imagery that highlights the power of art and science to not only reveal incredibly profound forces in nature but also to be a source of inspiration and solutions to our most prevalent and pressing societal challenges.” (Read more his work at http://extremeicesurvey.org ) “The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight what makes Colorado a leader in innovation It’s terrific to see research advance its partnerships with the private sector. The range of crucial and profound discoveries coming from these labs are a national asset,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I congratulate the scientific teams for their groundbreaking work and am excited to see the mark they will leave on our state and society as a whole.” Representing Governor Hickenlooper was the state’s Chief Innovation Officer Erik Mitisek.