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  • Vanda Grubišić named director of NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory

    Vanda Grubišić, Ph.D., a research meteorologist and experienced scientific leader, has been named the director of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Grubišić will join one of the world’s preeminent research institutions for monitoring long-term changes in the atmosphere, including those caused by climate change. She starts on March 27. Read more>>> Grubišić has led major international observational field campaigns to study the atmosphere. She is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of mesoscale meteorology, which is the study of atmospheric phenomena with typical spatial scales between 6 and 600 miles, including thunderstorms, downslope windstorms, land-sea breezes and squall lines. Grubišić previously served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory, where she was responsible for its scientific strategy, administrative processes and procedures and budgetary planning for more than 10 years. The laboratory’s accomplishments under her leadership include the successful development of novel observational technologies, reconstruction of the NCAR aviation building and safely returning to field campaign operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also managed NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility, which supports airborne scientific investigations with two aircraft based at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Boulder in Jefferson County.

  • Winners Announcement: 2022 Governor's Awards for High Impact Research

    Twelfth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society November 14, 2022: CO-LABS has announced the four winners of the 2022 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research. Returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the event gathers scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials to celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutions. The winners will be formally recognized and celebrated on Wednesday, December 14 from 4:30 pm -9:00pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard in Denver, Colorado. Winners’ information and registration details are available at “Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation, with renowned scientists whose research has global impact in a range of fields including agriculture, climate and weather, earth science, materials science, natural resource management, renewable energy, space physics and quantum technologies,” said CO-LABS Executive Director Dan Powers. “This prestigious event provides a unique opportunity to connect with leading scientists, lab directors, business leaders and policymakers in an informal and celebratory setting, as we highlight the labs’ role in innovation and their significant contribution to the state economy.” There are four Awards this year, which recognize brilliant and impactful partnerships, technologies and research across a spectrum of scientific fields: • The Pathfinding Partnership Award recognizes research that engaged four or more distinct research entities in Colorado (with at least two being federally-funded labs) whose results leveraged the resources and strengths among partnering organizations – and demonstrate the power of collaboration. The winning project includes scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), CU Boulder’s Mechanical Engineering and Geography departments, the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory, the NOAA Global Systems Laboratory, the NOAA National Weather Service, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) – these groups rapidly coordinated risk assessment, outreach and extraordinary real-time data during the devastating Marshall Fire in Louisville and Superior, Colorado. They “helped ordinary people make extraordinary decisions”, and their ongoing research promises to help guide wildfire response and mitigation long into the future. For more info reach Katy Human, CIRES Communications Director, 303-522-8961 • The Technology Transfer Award recognizes research that resulted in a technological solution with widespread and/or significantly measurable societal utilization, with related impact on a global challenge or issue. The winners include scientists led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Weather Service whose space weather research has led to a first-of-a-kind Whole Atmosphere Model and Ionosphere Plasmasphere Electrodynamics Model (WAM-IPE) which allows forecasters to provide better information to the public about potential impacts from solar storms. Collaboration with CIRES, CU Boulder, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, and NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center has brought this new model forward to provide crucial insight to various economic sectors—including communications, satellite and airline operations, human space flight, and navigation and surveying to mitigate damages. For more info reach Maureen O'Leary, NWS Deputy Director of Public Affairs, 202-578-5257 New for 2022 are these two categories: • The Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award spotlights the discoveries and remarkable work of someone having more recently started on their path of scientific discovery. We look for significant demonstration of initiative, Inspiration, collaboration skills, and other skills and attributes, including the ability to inform and inspire others. The winner is Dr. Rosimar (Rosi) Rios-Berrios, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Dr. Rios-Berrios is recognized internationally as an expert in the topics of mesoscale meteorology, tropical meteorology, and in tropical cyclones. She is engaged in significant leadership, outreach, and mentorship; she has published 17 articles and served as investigator and/or mission scientist on four field campaigns and two major awarded grants. She is frequently interviewed by major news outlets regarding her expertise and she is a founding member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) “Forging Allies and Connections for Equity in Stem” (FACES) employee resource group and currently serves as a spokesperson for “Science Moms” (and is the only early career science mom). For more info reach David Hosansky, Media Relations Manager, UCAR/NCAR 303-497-8611 • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes discoveries with impacts that have developed over more than 15 years, that have revealed profound new understandings of foundational science and/or theories within a given field and the resulting impact on society. The winner is Dr. Michael E. Himmel. As a biofuels researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Dr. Himmel has redefined his field with insights on designing, modifying, and harnessing enzymes to turn such non-food biomass into a thriving sustainable fuels industry. Dr. Himmel has led hundreds of scientific studies in protein biochemistry, recombinant technology, enzyme engineering, microorganism discovery, macromolecules physico-chemistry, and all unit operations in biofuels production. These include comminution, thermal chemical pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and fermentation. Individually, each brought important insights on how to overcome biomass recalcitrance. Together, they have helped facilitate a phase change in the U.S. bioeconomy—pulling discoveries and technologies from the covers of scientific journals right up to the cusp of commercialization. For more info reach David Glickson, Media Relations Lead, 303-275-4097 Regarding the Pathfinding Partnerships Award, University of Colorado Boulder Acting Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Institutes Massimo Ruzzene said “These two award-winning teams exemplify the best of the CU Boulder and NOAA collaboration. This high-impact work could not have happened without all contributors: federal, university, and other key experts.” The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) was recognized in two of the Awards, prompting this enthusiastic comment: “I am delighted to see CIRES researchers and our federal and university colleagues honored with two awards. Our scientists are extraordinarily collaborative and we work on research problems that can really make a difference in people’s lives,” said Waleed Abdalati, Director of CIRES at CU Boulder. “So it is especially meaningful to me that we’ve earned these honors for both ‘pathfinding partnerships’ and ‘technology transfer.’ Congratulations to our teams!” Regarding the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award: "Dr. Rios-Berrios is a shining example of what it means to be a great scientist,” said her nominator Dr. Gretchen Mullendore, Director of the Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). “She is equally passionate about improving our understanding of weather and climate and about improving the research community to be more inclusive and representative." Regarding the Lifetime Achievement Award: “Michael Himmel has truly shaped the field of biofuels in a career spanning more than four decades. His groundbreaking, influential research has brought us ever closer to turning plant waste into sustainable fuel on a commercial scale, a significant achievement in the quest to decarbonize the aviation and maritime sectors,” said NREL Laboratory Director Martin Keller. “Michael's discoveries have served as a foundation for further innovation and application well beyond the laboratory. He is truly deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award and we are incredibly proud to have him as a senior research fellow at NREL.” Numerous technology, research, economic development and engineering organizations with an interest in having a robust innovation ecosystem in Colorado are sponsoring the Awards; including Presenting Sponsor the Alliance for Sustainable Energy. Other major supporters include Colorado State University Office of the Vice President for Research, the University of Colorado Boulder Research and Innovation Office, Ball Aerospace, Xcel Energy, WinterWinds Robotics, Fennemore, Manufacturers EDGE, the Colorado School of Mines, and many more. Additional speakers and special guest announcements to come. Full details of the winning teams and their projects can be seen at About 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 Colorado communities. Over the years Colorado Governors Bill Ritter, John Hickenlooper and Jared Polis have presented and/or spoken in support of the winners with these awards, recognizing their impact on our country's leadership in science. On November 12, 2019 we celebrated brilliant discoveries from the realms of atmospheric science, nanotechnology and laser physics, extreme weather and flood dynamics, global greenhouse gas tracking, and tax-payer funded grants enabling commercialization of Nobel-Prize winning technology to track methane leaks - and all projects were the result of amazingly creative, complex and necessary multi-agency partnerships. The 2019 event gathered 250 scientific, economic development, technology and civic leaders at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for an evening of inspiring recognition. See video spotlights from 2019.

  • Nov. 9: Tour the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

    On Wednesday, November 9, 2022 CO-LABS has arranged a tour of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU Boulder on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. This event has only 12 spots left, RSVP today. (See info below about Google registration forms.) LASP is at the forefront of the development of new technologies and approaches to advance space-based research. This institute is part of the University of Colorado Boulder, the #1 public university recipient of NASA research grants and one of America’s leading aerospace universities. With a dozen or more flight programs in development at any time, the capability to build multiple instruments simultaneously, and the demonstrated experience to concurrently operate more than 100 space instruments, LASP is a leader in space exploration. LASP offers extensive engineering facilities to develop and test spacecraft on site. Their state-of-the-art test and calibration facilities allow engineers to work in tandem with scientists, mission operators, and software developers to create “test-like-you-fly” scenarios. Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm (optional social hour off-site) Location: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, CO (details send to attendees) Info: Cost: free for CO-LABS members and guests Regarding Google Form signups: RSVP at this link. Note: It may show "Sign in to Google to save your progress. Learn more" You don't have to have a Gmail account to RSVP, click on the "Learn More" link and you can RSVP without logging in.

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  • CO-LABS: Federal Research Labs in Colorado Science

    Championing Colorado's World-Class Research Ecosystem We Connect Colorado's Scientists, Universities & Businesses Federal lab internships & jobs #ScienceMatters CDC News: COVID-19 Info DID YOU KNOW? Colorado Has Over 30 Federal TaxPayer-Funded Scientific Research Labs From agriculture to aerospace, geology to GPS, extreme weather to quantum physics, even wildlife biology to ice cores (and more!) the range of crucial, world-class research in our state is astounding. Nurturing this network is our mission. We aim to keep these labs funded , and keep them here . ​ We connect technologists to help manifest scientific discoveries improving the world - Let us connect you with brilliance! PROMOTE We get into the numbers, the ROI, answer the "who cares " question. We promote the economic and intellectual value of taxpayer-funded research through reports, studies and media coverage. ​ EDUCATE We spotlight incredible work by Colorado's world-class scientists. ​ We communicate the value of Colorado's federal research labs with newsletters, podcasts, social media and interviews. CONNECT We connect smart, curious people with scientific research labs. ​ We host lab tours, conference calls, workshops and special gatherings to connect you with brilliance. “CO-LABS does outstanding work for Colorado’s science community, supporting research labs that advance the frontiers of knowledge as well as sustain Colorado’s diverse economy. Its mission strengthens productive connections among research facilities and vital stakeholders across the state. I deeply appreciate the dedication of CO-LABS and look forward to continuing collaborations with this important organization.” ​ - Antonio J. Busalacchi President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) NEWS Vanda Grubišić named director of NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory Winners Announcement: 2022 Governor's Awards for High Impact Research Nov. 9: Tour the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Congratulations to Our Winners! Check out the 2022 Winners highlight videos below! 2022 Governor's Awards Play Video Play Video 04:13 Co-Labs, 2022 Pathfinding Partnerships Award Play Video Play Video 04:35 Co-Labs, 22 Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award Play Video Play Video 03:30 Co-Labs, 22 Technology Transfer Award Play Video Play Video 04:17 Co Labs, 22 Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by: Hosted by: For the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), m any of our members are small and medium businesses who may not understand the value of the labs that are in our own backyard - CO-LABS provides tours and opportunities for sharing information that allows our membership to tap into the work of amazing scientists and create new partnerships. I believe it is important to keep these lines of communication and opportunity open for all.” Alires Almon, Founder, Deep Space Predictive & Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable

  • Join CO-LABS

    Join CO-LABS Do You Believe Science Matters? ​ Imagine connecting with the spectrum of brilliant researchers shaping the future of Colorado's leadership in science - and supporting this network with your organization and personal involvement. Prepare to make inspiring, relevant connections as a CO-LABS member. ​ The CO-LABS consortium includes Colorado federal research laboratories, research universities, state and local governments, economic development organizations, private businesses and nonprofit organizations. Plus, individuals with a savvy and principled support for science. ​ Your support includes funding for COLABS’ Economic Impact studies that quantify the significant contributions of federally funded labs to Colorado’s economy. You can also access special events, tours, reports and connections with Colorado’s innovative scientific resources. ​ "I have worked for companies that spun out of both NREL and JILA. These companies provide scientific equipment to a global community working on solving some of our most important problems. CO-LABS is doing a great service to the scientific community and the Colorado economy by bringing people from a wide variety of backgrounds together and highlighting the activities that take place here. My participation in events hosted by CO-LABS has helped foster strong connections with other participants and together, through our networks, we have made each other more successful business people, better communicators, and more involved in the political process.Thanks for all you do!” - Orri Jonsson, Sales & Marketing Manager, ColdQuanta Membership Levels: ​ CHAMPION Our top level membership. ​ Includes exclusive gatherings, presentations and access to Awards, tours, luncheons and conference calls and curated introductions with VIPs $3000/year Click for Info PROMOTER Special access to tours, reports and gatherings, including significant exposure within CO-LABS communications ​ and more ​ $1250/yr Click for Info SUPPORTER Engaging your organization with tours, presentation, networking and CO-LABS communications ​ and more ​ ​ $600/year Click for Info INDIVIDUAL ​ Basic membership for event and lab tour access, and support for CO-LABS ' mission and activities ​ $100/year Click for Info EVENT SPONSOR Options for ​ your organization to be highlighted at the annual Awards event, special workshops and gatherings Click for Info FRIENDS OF CO-LABS In-kind support for CO-LABS includes legal, administrative and communications projects, with access to events and other mutual benefits Click for Info

  • Labs & Institutes | CO-LABS

    RESEARCH LABS AND JOINT INSTITUTES Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federally-funded science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation. Over 30 federally-funded scientific research laboratories and institutes in our state are home to renowned scientists whose work has global impact in a number of areas including natural resource management, climate change, agriculture, bioscience, renewable energy, photonics, and astrophysics. ​ Click on the logos below to go to their sites. ​ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory ​ Boulder, CO Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Vector Borne Diseases ​ Fort Collins, CO National Renewable Energy Laboratory ​ Golden, CO National Institute of Standards and Technology ​ Boulder, CO UNAVCO ​, Inc. ​ Boulder, CO National Solar Observatory ​ Boulder, CO Bureau of Reclamation ​ Denver, CO National Center for Atmospheric R esearch ​ Boulder, CO National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) ​ Institute for Telecommunications Sciences Boulder, CO National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) ​ Boulder, CO National Ice Core Research Lab ​ ​ Lakewood, CO U.S. Geological Survey ​ Water Mission Area Laboratories ​ Boulder, CO University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) ​ Boulder, CO U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station ​ Fort Collins, CO U.S. Dept of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Fort Collins, CO U.S. Dept of Agriculture National Wildlife Research Center ​ Fort Collins, CO First Responders Network Authority ​ Boulder, CO U.S. Dept of the Interior National Invasive Species Council Secretariat ​ Fort Collins, CO Federal Railroad Administration Transportation Technology Center Pueblo, CO National Integrated Drought Information System Boulder, CO Space Weather Prediction Center Boulder, CO National Park Service ​ Continental Divide Research Learning Center ​ ​ Estes Park, CO NIST Public Safety Communications Research Boulder, CO National Weather Service Boulder, CO Joint Institutes

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