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- March 6: USDA National Wildlife Research Center Tour - Genetics Focus
CO-LABS members and partners are visiting the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) laboratory complex in Ft. Collins, Colorado on March 6, 2024. The Center is part of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services program. Its mission is to develop new tools and techniques to address wildlife damage to agriculture, property, human health and safety, and natural resources. The tour agenda is geared towards those involved in genetics research and companies with related technologies and equipment. Attendees will learn about opportunities to access data and partnership protocols that can create unique opportunities to leverage the science at the NWRC. Though NWRC’s research and expertise are diverse, this tour will focus specifically on their work related to the development, testing, and use of genetic tools and technologies for wildlife damage management. NWRC scientists will highlight the following: • Development of monitoring and surveillance tools and vaccines for wildlife disease management (ex. rabies, SARS-CoV-2, chronic wasting disease, bovine tuberculosis, and avian influenza) • Development of invasive species detection and control methods (ex., eDNA, gene drives, siRNA, and rodenticides and other toxicants) RSVP details here. Advance registration required. Deadline March 2, 2024. Today’s wildlife-related challenges need innovative solutions. These solutions are often the result of collaborations between Wildlife Services and universities, private companies, or other partners. As a Federal program, Wildlife Services forms partnerships through a variety of legal agreements and by protecting, patenting, and licensing inventions. It strives to put its research into real-world use and move new technologies to the marketplace. Collaborative partnerships typically include access to scientific expertise, facilities, and locations. Businesses with existing products can also benefit from leveraging Wildlife Services’ national workforce of wildlife biologists to field-test new tools and technologies on a broad scale. See more about the NWRC:
- NSF CO-WY Resiliency Engine led by Innosphere Ventures Wins $15M Award; $160M Possible
On January 29, 2024 the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the Colorado—Wyoming Climate Resilience Engine proposal has won an inaugural NSF Regional Innovation Engines award of $15M with potential to receive up to $160M over 10 years. This Award positions Colorado and Wyoming at the forefront of the nation’s environmental and climate technology initiatives. The CO-WY Engine is a groundbreaking initiative focused on driving innovation in climate resiliency which will catalyze a series of significant outcomes to reshape the landscape of reliable climate technologies and economic development in Colorado and Wyoming – two states that have grappled with two decades of environmental challenges such as aridification and extreme weather events. The CO-WY Engine, led by Innosphere Ventures, will drive the development and commercialization of innovative solutions that support communities to monitor, mitigate, and adapt to climate impacts. By focusing on innovative solutions in areas like wildfire mitigation, water resource management, sustainable agriculture and adaptation to extreme weather events, the CO-WY Climate Resilience Engine is poised to revolutionize how we understand, predict and mitigate the impacts of climate change. “The CO-WY Engine will be instrumental in bringing technology-driven solutions to life, growing our two-state economy, and reshaping our region's and nation’s ability to become more climate resilient,” said Mike Freeman, CEO of Innosphere Ventures and incoming CEO for the CO-WY Climate Resilience Engine. “In ten years, the CO-WY Engine will generate significant economic impact for our region, including 22,000 new climate technology-related jobs, $1.5 billion in regional GDP impact, more than $1 billion in private capital formation, train or reskill more than 2,000 individuals, and distribute $80 million in commercialization grants to startups in the climate technology sector.” “Forming the backbone of the CO-WY Engine is our diverse partnership network – spanning industry, academia, government and community sectors,” said Freeman. Key partners include prominent research institutions, federal laboratories, regional economic development organizations, and policy and community groups, including the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Wyoming which includes its High Plains American Indian Research Institute. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), US Dept. of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NSF’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and CO-LABS. CO-LABS gives a HUGE congratulations to the Innosphere Ventures team, led by Director Mike Freeman, for their tireless work to organize so many details, partners and crucial visioning around resiliency that resulted in this proposal rising to the top of a national competition for funding. The CO-WY Climate Resilience Engine is set to have a profound impact on workforce development and community engagement, and places a strong emphasis on inclusive growth, ensuring that these economic benefits reach across diverse communities. The NSF Engines program represents one of the single largest investments in place-based economic development in the nation's history — uniquely placing science and technology leadership as the central driver for regional economic competitiveness and job creation. Read more from Innosphere Ventures and the CO-WY Engine news from National Science Foundation.
- Feb 1 Deadline: NSF Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science
The National Science Foundation's Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (NSF SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation of historically underrepresented communities in the atmospheric and related sciences. 2024 Applications are due February 1. Thw SOARS Program is designed to promote and support research, mentoring and community. NSF SOARS Protégés can participate for up to four (4) summers conducting research in atmospheric and earth-system sciences. NSF SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, conference travel, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding. Over 90% of NSF SOARS Protégés advance to graduate school; and many have entered the workforce with the MS degree, and/or continued onto the PhD degree. NSF SOARS invites students from multiple STEM disciplines -- including chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and the social sciences--to deepen their expertise in understanding the Earth’s Atmosphere. In particular, NSF SOARS seeks to involve students from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, and students with disabilities. NSF SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantages, and/or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.
- CSU to co-lead Dept. of Energy Fusion Hub
The U.S. Department of Energy will fund a newly established Inertial Fusion Science and Technology hub, known as RISE. Headquartered at Colorado State University, the new hub will focus on advancing inertial fusion energy, or IFE, a power source that could one day dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of how energy is supplied globally. RISE will receive $16 million in funding over the next four years.The RISE hub will combine innovative target concepts with new developments in excimer gas lasers and solid-state laser drivers to open up novel IFE regimes. The hub will also prioritize the involvement of students and workforce development, and university-industry-national laboratory collaborations. Colorado State University and the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University, will lead the new hub. They are working in partnership with experts from University of Illinois, Cornell University, Texas A&M, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, and three companies: Marvel Fusion, Xcimer Energy, and General Atomics. Fusion, the process that powers the sun, could be the key to enabling a safe, clean, and reliable energy source. Inertial fusion energy is a promising approach to fusion energy that uses powerful lasers to heat a small target containing fusible material. Lasers are fundamental tools in IFE research. Last winter, for the first time in history, scientists at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory generated fusion gain, meaning more energy came out of a fusion reaction than laser energy that went in. RISE researchers aim to build on the momentum of that breakthrough to help make commercial fusion a success. Carmen Menoni, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, serves as director of the new hub. Her team will use laser technologies to harness the potential of fusion for abundant clean energy. Experiments at CSU will leverage the power of its ALEPH laser, a high repetition rate, petawatt-class (one petawatt: million billion watts) laser system to be upgraded to two petawatts. ALEPH was built in-house under the leadership of University Distinguished Professor Jorge Rocca, in partnership with university experts in ultra-intense laser interaction with ordered nanostructures leading to fusion. Read more>>>
- Transforming Energy: The NREL Podcast
Did you know? "Transforming Energy" is an amazing podcast highlighting the latest research and news from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as they work to achieve the laboratory's vision of a clean energy future for the world. In the recent November 29 episode, the hosts discuss NREL's early history. Learn about the intricate history of NREL, from its origins in response to the 1973 energy crisis to its official designation as a national laboratory in 1991, encapsulating a narrative of evolving energy priorities, political influences, and technological advancements. Kerrin Jeromin and Taylor Mankle take us on a journey through time beginning with the establishment in 1973 of the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI). The hosts discuss a dynamic journey marked by political changes, budget fluctuations, technological breakthroughs, and influential leadership shifts that shaped SERI's transformation into NREL in 1991, marking a pivotal moment in the laboratory's history. Previous topics include hydropower, agrivoltaics, electric cars, floating solar energy and a lot more! See more>>>
- JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye Awarded 2023 Highly Cited Researcher Designation
In a prestigious acknowledgment of scientific impact, JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye has been awarded the 2023 "Highly Cited" researcher designation from Clarivate. This notable recognition is bestowed upon researchers whose work ranks in the top 1% of citations for their field, highlighting their significant influence in the scientific community. Jun Ye, renowned for his groundbreaking work in precision measurement and quantum science, has made substantial contributions that have reshaped our understanding of atomic and molecular physics. This accolade further cements his status as a leading figure in the scientific world, showcasing the far-reaching impact of his research and its critical role in advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Congratulations Dr. Ye! Read more about this Award>>>
- NCAR To Study Complex Ties Between New Transportation Technologies And Climate
As the transportation sector shifts toward electric vehicles and prepares for autonomous vehicles, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has been awarded funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to better understand how new road transportation technologies affect the climate and, in turn, are affected as the climate changes. NCAR will be partnering with the new Global Center for Clean Energy and Equitable Transportation Solutions (CLEETS). A joint venture of NSF and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, CLEETS will bring together leading climate, energy, data science, and transportation experts to research ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from road transportation. Motor vehicles are a major source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that warms the planet. Road transportation networks are also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including severe storms and coastal inundation that can paralyze traffic patterns and damage infrastructure, as well as extreme heat that can buckle roadways. NCAR will analyze the many, and often complex, ways that emerging transportation technologies interact with the climate. Electric vehicles, for example, are far heavier than traditional gas-powered vehicles, which has implications for the durability of roads and bridges as storms and heat waves become more extreme. In addition, higher temperatures will affect the batteries that power motor vehicles, and adverse weather conditions will pose challenges for the safety of self-driving cars. Read more>>>
- Cassandra Moseley Named CSU Vice President for Research
Colorado State University President Amy Parsons has announced that Cassandra Moseley has been appointed as CSU’s next vice president for research, beginning Jan. 8. The appointment follows a six-month nationwide search. Moseley has served for more than 20 years as an accomplished administrator and research professor at the University of Oregon. “Colorado State University continues to see record-breaking numbers in sponsored project expenditures, totaling $498 million in the last fiscal year,” said Parsons. “With Dr. Moseley’s strategic leadership and outstanding track record of campus collaboration, we can look forward to the continued expansion of CSU’s research portfolio and to the advancement of the university as a top-tier research institution.” As vice president for research at CSU, Moseley will oversee the university’s research, discovery and creative artistry portfolio. She will work in partnership with the president, provost, deans, vice presidents and the campus community to advance the university’s reputation as an internationally recognized R1 institution. Moseley will report directly to the provost and executive vice president position, and she will serve as a member of cabinet and the executive leadership team. “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Colorado State as the next vice president for research,” said Moseley. “I am so looking forward to working with the campus community to develop initiatives that advance this fantastic university’s research and innovation goals.” Read more about Dr. Moseley's background and about the OVPR at Colorado State University.
- Nov 7 - 8: ENSCO Announces First Annual TTC Conference and Tour
ENSCO, Inc. (ENSCO) and Wheel Rail Seminars are pleased to announce the 1st Annual TTC Conference and Tour on Nov. 7 and 8, 2023 in Downtown Pueblo and at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC). At the event, ENSCO will host engaging, interactive, and informative sessions that highlight the latest advancements in rail safety, emerging alternative energy, and research funding opportunities. Attendees can look forward to hearing from a variety of presenters from multiple rail organizations including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), railroads, and suppliers. For the first time ever, conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an expanded tour of the TTC testing and training facilities. This guided tour will feature on-track displays from multiple rail organizations and provide attendees with insights from rail experts. For more information, visit ttc-conference.com or contact Acacia Reber, Director of Business Development & Marketing, at Reber.Acacia@ensco.com. ABOUT ENSCO For more than 50 years, ENSCO has led the rail industry worldwide in developing new and advanced technologies to improve the safety, security, and quality of their operations. ENSCO is a trusted provider of automated and autonomous inspection systems, web-based data management systems, vehicle dynamics analysis and simulations, and large-scale systems integration projects. ENSCO’s engineers have pioneered the use of advanced technology and data analytics paired with leading railway subject matter experts to increase railway safety while also ensuring operating efficiency and productivity. Learn more about ENSCO. ABOUT WHEEL RAIL SEMINARS Wheel Rail Seminars creates forums for track and mechanical professionals to meet, exchange ideas, and share experiences in the critical area of the wheel/rail interface. Founded in 1994, they host the longest-running WRI conference and offer courses that provide in-depth examination into aspects from both the rail transit and heavy haul industries. Learn more about Wheel Rail Seminars.
- NIST & CU Boulder launch Quantum Engineering Initiative Lab
A new state-of-the-art laboratory and collaboration space in the Engineering Center will connect quantum researchers across campus with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and local industry around quantum communications, sensing and computing. The effort is part of the Quantum Engineering Initiative in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the campuswide CUbit Quantum Initiative to support research into an area of distinctive strength for CU Boulder and an increasingly important field globally, said Massimo Ruzzene, CU Boulder vice chancellor for research and innovation and dean of the institutes. “Opening a dedicated space for this research is the result of a lot of hard work by many people on campus over the last five years,” he said. “This new lab will greatly extend the university’s quantum footprint and expand on a successful partnership between the university and NIST that is now over 60 years old.” The new lab space will host three collaborative projects starting this summer: The first—Quantum Links—will establish a high-quality quantum network between the Quantum Engineering Initiative Lab space and NIST. This will be the first link of a larger Boulder Quantum Network. The research will be essential for advancing quantum communications, as well as fundamental science tests of quantum mechanics metrology. Shared detector infrastructure will begin immediately for this project. Another project deals with the development of ultra-precise optical clocks for use outside of a controlled lab space. These devices are the most accurate measurement tools ever made. However, their use on Earth and in space is severely restricted by their complexity and current state of engineering. Bringing the technology out of the lab would benefit communications networks and could be used for deep space navigation, among other applications. The final project will explore quantum microwave devices, which have shown great potential for quantum information processing. Work on this project will enable semi- and superconducting quantum computing. This work will be done with researchers in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, and seeks to develop novel mechanical sensors and novel qubits. Read more details>>>
- Celebrating Dr. Alan Rudolph! Past CO-LABS Chair Leaves HUGE Legacy
On May 18 we joined the celebration with 150+ people at Colorado State University to recognize the profound impact of Dr. Alan Rudolph across realms of science, careers of his colleagues and mentees and programs that have and will continue to shape the best outcomes for research, society and the world. Dr. Rudolph is leaving CSU in July, and we want to give all of CO-LABS members and friends a glimpse into his amazing path that we're fortunate included a leadership role with us. Dr. Alan Rudolph: Revolutionizing Research and Innovation at Colorado State University CO-LABS is grateful to recognize the importance and impacts of Dr. Alan Rudolph, an exceptional leader and visionary, who has made an indelible mark on Colorado State University (CSU) during his tenure as the Vice President for Research. With his entrepreneurial spirit and relentless dedication, Rudolph transformed the Office of the Vice President for Research into a hub of interdisciplinary collaboration and groundbreaking research. Under his guidance, CSU's research enterprise has flourished, achieving unprecedented growth and national recognition. During Rudolph's tenure, CSU experienced remarkable expansion in research activities and funding. The university's total sponsored expenditures soared to $456.9 million, representing a 46% increase over the course of Rudolph's leadership. This remarkable growth has placed CSU among the top-tier research universities in the United States. Rudolph's strategic vision and commitment to interdisciplinary research paved the way for the establishment of numerous centers and institutes, including the Center for Healthy Aging, One Health Institute, and Data Science Research Institute. These collaborative initiatives have enhanced CSU's research capabilities and positioned the university at the forefront of scientific innovation. Dr. Rudolph's impact extended far beyond the boundaries of CSU. Recognizing the significance of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, he fostered partnerships with business, government, academia, and foundations across the nation. Through these collaborations, CSU researchers have expanded their reach to dozens of countries worldwide, creating a global network of scientific inquiry. Furthermore, his commitment to the university's land-grant mission led to the establishment of the Coalition for Epi Response, Engagement, and Science. This consortium of land-grant universities focused on safeguarding U.S. agriculture and food systems from disease threats, exemplifying his dedication to community-focused research. Perhaps most profoundly, under Dr. Rudolph's leadership, CSU played a pivotal role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Vice President for Research spearheaded various programs aimed at protecting public health and supporting students during these challenging times. CSU researchers developed innovative testing methods, including the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in sewer samples and widespread testing for nursing facility staff. These efforts propelled CSU to the forefront of national recognition for its contributions to combating the coronavirus crisis. Dr. Rudolph's commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation extended to the establishment of new initiatives and research centers. The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Drone Core Research Center, Center for Healthy Aging, One Health Institute, and Data Sciences Research Institute are just a few examples of his visionary contributions. Through these initiatives, Rudolph encouraged the study of team formation and dynamics, fostering a collaborative research environment that accelerated scientific breakthroughs. Moreover, Rudolph recognized the importance of bridging the gap between academia and industry. The partnership between CSU and Zoetis, a leading animal health company, resulted in the establishment of a research lab on the CSU Foothills Campus. This collaboration has facilitated innovative advancements in livestock animal health, exemplifying his commitment to driving real- world impact through research. Dr. Rudolph's dedication to national security and defense-related programs has also been instrumental. By launching the Office of Defense Engagement, Rudolph facilitated collaborations between CSU, technology companies, and other universities to address cybersecurity threats. CSU hosted the prestigious DARPA Forward conference, which attracted national security experts, researchers, and innovators seeking innovative solutions to protect the nation. At CO-LABS, Dr. Rudolph was a Board Director starting in 2014 and led the organization as Board Chair for 3 years, including during the years of the COVID pandemic. His vision for expanding CO-LABS’ engagement with federal elected officials and convening scientific agency leadership to leverage research across a spectrum of data and research regimens helped grow CO-LABS as the most credible hub of federal research connections among scientists, academics, economic development experts and civic leaders across Colorado. We are indebted to his thoughtful guidance, before, through and now after the pandemic as CO-LABS moves into a new stage of nurturing connections between labs and innovative industries and entrepreneurs turning discoveries into companies and into solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. As Dr. Rudolph prepares to leave CSU in July 2023, his departure marks a significant transition for the university's research enterprise. His visionary leadership, unwavering commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, and relentless pursuit of scientific excellence have transformed CSU into a research powerhouse. The impact of his tenure will continue to shape the future of research and innovation at CSU for years to come. Cheers with appreciation to Dr. Alan Rudolph! We were happy to join the huge celebration of Dr. Rudolph at Colorado State University on May 18 and hear stories of how he shaped the paths of so many colleagues; his love of tardigrades, and how much he inspired the success of others. Sincerely, on behalf of the entire CO-LABS Board of Directors Chris McKay, Board Chair Dan Powers, Executive Director, CO-LABS ALSO: You can view and leave a video or audio comment to Alan on the virtual board created by CSU. Lots of wonderful comments there!
- May 18: Celebration for Dr. Alan Rudolph!
Dr. Alan Rudolph has been CO-LABS' visionary and impactful Board President for the last four years and with a bittersweet congratulations and thank you we share this invitiation from the Colorado State University: Please join us virtually or in person for a farewell celebration for Colorado State University’s Vice President for Research, Alan Rudolph on May 18. He finishes his tenure at the university on July 1. May 18, 4-6:30 p.m. (MT) Translational Medicine Institute Grand Event Hall 2350 Gillette Drive Fort Collins, CO 80523 If you cannot attend in person, the speaking portion of the event will be available virtually via Zoom. Please RSVP for in-person or virtual attendance at your earliest convenience. Space is limited. Contact Ande Wahl if you require further information. To share your well-wishes and congratulations with Alan record a video or write your message here.