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  • Highlighting Colorado’s Research Labs! Speaker Nancy Pelosi & Rep. Joe Neguse visit NCAR

    CO-LABS is grateful for the consistent recognition and engagement with the federally-funded research labs in Colorado's District 2 by U.S. Representative Joe Neguse. "Highlighting Colorado’s Research Labs!" was the subject line of his September 9, 2022 announcement that included details of the August 31 visit to the National Center for Atmospheric Research by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that included discussions with scientists and comments on the recent Inflation Reduction Act that will leverage a range of energy science and climate change mitigation research across the country's laboratory system, with Colorado's labs being a crucial resource to this effort. Photo: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) President Antonio Busalacchi, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse & Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Read more from Rep. Neguse>>> and further details from NCAR>>>

  • Participate in a New NIST PSCXR Experience Study

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Public Safety Communications Research UI/UX study team invites you to participate in a research study about users’ experiences with extended reality (XR). Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire related to your experience with XR. The deadline to participate is Tuesday, October 4, 2022. The purpose of this study is to understand user experience with, and beliefs about, extended reality (XR) technology, including the application of these technologies. In addition, this study aims to learn from users whose work includes or addresses public safety. Click here for an anonymous link to participate.

  • NEON at Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau Conference

    Sept. 12 - 15: The 16th Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona. The conference theme is "Creating Hope through Action: Advancing Solutions to Rapid Environmental Change." National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Field Ecologist Katie Matthiesen will be giving a talk focusing on NEON data and resources available in the Southwest. NEON’s field sites are essential to continuing the most extensive ecological data collection and monitoring program in the United States. See more info and the Abstract of her presentation. The conference is a forum for bringing together resource managers and scientists to discuss finding and management needs associated with Southwest's natural and cultural resources. The National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility operated by Battelle and designed to collect long-term open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing. Read more>>>

  • Oct. 24: The Front Range Industry and Postdoc Summit

    The Front Range Industry and Postdoc Summit (FRIPS) 2022 welcomes over 100 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from throughout the Front Range attend to network, learn about careers in industry, and to develop long-lasting relationships and collaborations in the area. Industry representatives are requested to participate! Members of the postdoctoral and early-career associations across the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have requested your participation. This survey is the best way to indicate your level of interest & official sponsors of FRIPS are being sought. See the FRIPS 2022 website with more information.

  • Aug 30 - 31 DARPA Forward Conference at CSU

    Colorado State University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a two-day conference in Fort Collins on Aug. 30-31, the first such event in a series at six universities around the country. The DARPA Forward conference at CSU will energize and unite innovators across the Rocky Mountain region to develop new breakthrough technologies for national security. Attendees will hear from world-renowned scientists, accomplished innovators and senior defense leaders on a wide range of issues connected to national security. For CSU, it is an opportunity for experts across the university to showcase research achievements in agricultural biosecurity, pandemic prevention and response, bio-cybersecurity, One Health disease prevention and environmental protection, clean energy technology and climate change solutions. “As a former DARPA program manager, I am delighted that our campus will share in the unique DARPA culture of sharing new ideas to help solve today’s grand challenges to protect the country,” said Alan Rudolph, vice president for research at CSU. “I am glad CSU is the first stop for the DARPA Forward conference series, and I look forward to showcasing the thriving innovation ecosystem here.” Info and RSVP>>>

  • The First Responder Network Authority’s Innovation Lab

    Did You Know? The First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet Authority) tech headquarters in Boulder, Colorado include the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab (FirstNet Lab) - a state-of-the-art laboratory in which the FirstNet Authority tests public safety functionality and features unique to the FirstNet network, including quality of service; priority; preemption; enhanced situational awareness technologies and applications; and future public safety functions, services and applications. Located at FirstNet’s technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, the FirstNet Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory in which the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and its future partner will test public safety functionality and features unique to FirstNet’s mission-critical broadband network, including quality of service; priority; pre-emption; and other future mission-critical services and applications. The FirstNet lab is a premier telecommunications technology innovation and test lab, built with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards in mind. Read more>>>

  • $20M to CU: NSF Launches ESIIL: Environmental Data Science Innovation and Inclusion Lab

    Understanding the impacts of climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and predicting and preparing for extreme environmental disturbances such as wildfires, floods and drought, require combining and synthesizing data sets that provide information at varying scales. To support the analysis and integration of these data and advance the use of data-intensive approaches and training in environmental science, the National Science Foundation has announced the creation of the Environmental Data Science Innovation and Inclusion Lab, or ESIIL (pronounced "easel"), through a $20 million, five-year award to the University of Colorado Boulder. Scientist Jennifer Balch is the principal investigator. The new synthesis center is funded jointly by NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. ESIIL's open Collaborative and Scalable Environment cyberinfrastructure will lower barriers to scientific collaboration by connecting to data sources such as NSF's National Ecological Observatory Network, Long-Term Ecological Research Network, Ocean Observatories Initiative and Critical Zone Collaborative Network. It will also provide tailored user experiences as well as analytics and cloud computing. By hosting open education resources on a learning and research portal, ESIIL's impact will scale to a global audience. Read more>>>

  • NREL’s Johney Green Appointed Chairman of National GEM Consortium

    Johney Green, associate laboratory director for Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was appointed Chairman of The National GEM Consortium Board of Directors on July 18, 2022. The National GEM Consortium is a 45-year-old national nonprofit organization whose vision is to make scientific impact through underrepresented minority STEM talent in the United States. GEM enhances the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. At NREL, Green conducts research and development to enable technology innovations in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power. He oversees the transportation, buildings, wind, water, geothermal, advanced manufacturing, concentrating solar power, and Arctic research programs, which encompass a portfolio of over $200 million and more than 550 employees. Read the full announcement>>>>

  • NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory Director Speaks at Congressional Science Hearing

    Dr. Ariel Stein, Acting Director, Global Monitoring Laboratory and Director, Air Resources Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder testified on June 23 to the combined House Subcommittee on Research and Technology and House Subcommittee on the Environment regarding Federal programs focused on monitoring, measuring, and verifying sources (emissions to the atmosphere) and sinks (removal from the atmosphere) of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Chairwoman Rep. Haley Stevens said " be global leaders, we need accurate and consistent greenhouse gas data. And that is where our Federal science agencies come in. Many of our agencies, including those represented by the experts before us today, are engaged in tremendous research and development work to improve our measurements of greenhouse gas emissions. This work spans the whole range of greenhouse gas measurement activities from fundamental measurement science and technology development, to operation of space-based, airborne, and ground-based sensors and observation platforms, to maintaining greenhouse gas emissions inventories. "These agencies do not do this work in a vacuum. Each of the agencies represented here today cooperate on vital interagency work to improve greenhouse gas measurement, both on individual projects and as part of an interagency working group. This cooperation is essential to the success of our greenhouse gas measurements. So much can be accomplished when our federal science agencies leverage their respective expertise in support of a common goal. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this work from our witnesses today and to discussing what we here in Congress can do to support and improve these programs. Read more and watch the hearing>>>>

  • 60 Years of Quantum Research at CU Boulder

    “To borrow a phrase, we’re going where no one has gone before,” says quantum physicist Ye, a fellow at JILA, a joint research institute between CU Boulder and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Today, scientists at JILA and NIST are developing some of the world’s most precise and accurate atomic clocks. They build off decades of work by Nobel laureates Jan Hall, Dave Wineland and Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman. Check out the stories and videos of the vast quantum research efforts over the decades at CU Boulder>>> Child wears a helmet made up of more than 100 OPM sensors. (Credit: FieldLine) First, researchers collect clouds of atoms and chill them down, then trap those atoms in an “artificial crystal” made of laser light. Next, they hit the atoms with yet another laser. Like pushing a pendulum, that laser beam starts the atoms “ticking,” causing them to oscillate between energy levels at a rate of quadrillions of times per second. These clocks are also incredibly sensitive. Ye, for example, demonstrated an atomic clock that can register the difference in Earth’s gravity if you lift it up by just a millimeter. Ye, who’s also the director of CUbit, leads a center on campus funded by the National Science Foundation called Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE). Read more awesome details of quantum research as CU>>>>

  • Natural Hazards Center at CU Boulder: Principles of Risk Communication

    PRINCIPLES OF RISK COMMUNICATION: A Guide to Communicating with Socially Vulnerable Populations Across the Disaster Lifecycle This document is intended to be used as a high-level guide for advancing risk communication best practices. It synthesizes academic research and available guidance on the topic of hazards and disaster risk communication. It draws from an array of evidence-based recommendations for effectively communicating risk across the disaster lifecycle and synthesizes them into three overarching principles: 1) Communicate Through Familiar and Trusted Messengers (pages 5-11) 2) Provide Clear, Actionable Information (pages 12-17) 3) Tailor Message and Information Pathways for Target Audiences (pages 18-23) Additionally, this guide integrates key insights that can be applied to communication involving socially vulnerable populations. Social vulnerability influences the capacity to anticipate, cope with, resist, and recover from the impact of a disaster. Socially vulnerable populations are thus more likely to experience disproportionate negative impacts from disasters including emotional distress, loss of property, temporary or permanent displacement, illness, and death. Rather than generate a different set of rules for engaging these groups, this document aims to highlight how general, widely accepted risk communication principles can be thoughtfully applied to populations that are often marginalized, overlooked, or difficult to reach. This guide was prepared by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder with supplemental support to the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Office of Homeland Security.

  • Terra Opens: 2nd Building at the New CSU Spur Campus in Denver

    June 8 - The science of food is sprouting in Terra – the second of three buildings to open at the new CSU Spur campus in Denver – and the public can get a taste of new programming at the unique, urban setting starting in early June including the celebratory ribbon cutting on June 8. Terra is a 60,000-square-foot building dedicated to food and agriculture. Visitors will find features including food research and development labs; an expansive test kitchen that doubles as a site for community cooking classes; a rooftop greenhouse and green roof gardens; learning labs for K-12 students; and high-tech chambers that produce vegetable crops indoors. Many offerings in Terra are led by CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, based on the flagship campus in Fort Collins. Even more, Terra will help connect urban and rural communities around food and agriculture, with the goal of encouraging people from all backgrounds – and with a variety of perspectives – to work together to feed the world. Program leaders hope CSU Spur will enable Colorado State University and the CSU System to better serve a diverse community of stakeholders. They expect the campus to become a convening place, where academia, government, and industry come together to co-create solutions for grand challenges. Read the full article by Coleman Cornelius>>>

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