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  • 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>>>

  • 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 "...to 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>>>

  • CIRES Spheres Magazine Highlights Findings in Environmental Research

    The 2022 edition of CIRES' Spheres magazine is out! Explore recent work around wildfire’s impact, space-weather forecasting, the possibility of climate intervention, how to use cartoon characters to engage hikers with field research, & more. Read more>>> CIRES is the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, more than 800 scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has been a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and CU Boulder since 1967. Read more>>>

  • June 8: Grand Opening of Innosphere's newest Laboratory Facility

    Innosphere Ventures, the Colorado-based incubator and commercialization program that accelerates business success of science and technology-based startup companies, is having a Grand Opening event on June 8, 2022 for their new 7,500 square foot laboratory facility in North Fort Collins. Hear from speakers including the City of Fort Collins Mayor. RSVP required, see more info here>>> Innosphere’s newest bioscience building aims to be an affordable option for bioentrepreneurs in Northern Colorado. The facility will offer shared equipment, as well as business education programming specific to the needs and challenges of science-based companies. The new bioscience building includes ten private wet laboratory spaces that will be the future home to startup companies operating at a biosafety level 1 and 2. As a wet laboratory, the facility will accommodate life science activities that include tissue culture, cell and molecular biology, and experiments that involve liquid substances, as opposed to a “dry lab” that typically only focuses on computer-assisted experiments.

  • UNAVCO Leads Tests On Alternate Way to Measure Earthquakes

    Tracking the movement of tectonic plates with GPS stations is possible - and (relatively) slow. Collecting multiple position measurements over time shrinks the error bars and improves precision. However the network of GPS (or multi-constellation GNSS) stations also have an important role to play in earthquake early warning systems, and here the luxury of time evaporates. Stations need to detect and help characterize an earthquake in a matter of seconds in order to assist in generating timely warnings. A UNAVCO team led by Tim Dittmann, along with Jade Morton of the University of Colorado Boulder have been working on a velocity-based geodetic processing technique is complementary to existing approaches to characterize earthquake motions. Read more below and here. Currently, GPS/GNSS earthquake motion assessment is done by applying real-time corrections to the data. This involves using estimates of current satellite positions and clock errors, along with calculations of the ionosphere’s impact on the satellite signal, to greatly improve precision to within a few centimeters. But there’s another way to approach this problem, and that’s to directly measure the station’s velocity as it moves during an earthquake—which has the advantage of working without relying on external correction information. The basic principle is that when precise measurements of the oscillating satellite signal are made in rapid succession, most sources of measurement error (like atmospheric conditions or satellite positions) aren’t changing much between consecutive datapoints. Additionally, the velocity of an orbiting GPS satellite is predictable. So instead of calculating the station’s absolute position, you can simply calculate the apparent amount of position change—its velocity—based on the change in the signal. A motionless antenna will measure very little change, but a moving antenna will measure much more. Read more>>> The GAGE Facility supports cutting-edge geoscience discoveries, applications, and education with geodesy for broad societal benefit. GAGE provides the foundation and infrastructure to support research on every continent across a broad spectrum of geosciences. GAGE is operated by UNAVCO Inc. in support of the UNAVCO and broader geophysics community. Read more>>>

  • NOAA WWA Report on Significant Weather and Climate-Related Events

    Over the last six months, Western Water Assessments' team of scientists have been updating the High-Impact Events Database for recent and missing historical high-impact weather and climate events in our region. The database is not a scientific dataset, but rather a collection of significant weather and climate-related events in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The types of events included are: avalanches, cold waves, dam failures, droughts, floods, hail, high winds, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms. They searched federal, state, county, and local databases, library archives, news accounts, and other sources for the collection. Read more about this>>> They are currently working on additional features that will make the database more usable and engaging, and hope to finish these features during the summer. In 2015, WWA began a new research focus on extremes that is designed to place high-impact events in the context of historical climate variability and projected climate change, assess how the risk of these events varies over time and space, and examine how high-impact events interact with place-based vulnerability. The first activities in this new research theme have been to build a database of 160+ historical high-impact weather and climate events in the three-state region, and to generate a complementary set of regional event maps showing how risk varies seasonally across the region for different types of weather and climate events. The WWA team is comprised of researchers in multiple disciplines—climatology, hydrology, ecology, social sciences, and law—at the University of Colorado Boulder and several other institutions in the region. WWA is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Their primary source of funding is NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program, and they are one of 10 RISA teams operating across the U.S. Read more about WWA>>>

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