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  • NIST Blockchain and Manufacturing Supply Chain Report: Your

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has published NIST Internal Report (NISTIR) 8419, Blockchain and Related Technologies to Support Manufacturing Supply Chain Traceability: Needs and Industry Perspectives. Supply chains are increasingly complex, making the origins of products difficult to discern. Efforts are emerging to increase traceability of goods by exchanging traceability data records using blockchain and related technologies among relevant supply chain participants. NISTIR 8419 explores the issues that surround traceability, the role that blockchain and related technologies may be able to play to improve traceability, and several industry case studies of efforts in use today. The publication covers: existing factors that inhibit manufacturing supply chain traceability analysis of emerging blockchain-enabled manufacturing supply chain traceability initiatives in progress recommendations for future research topics to improve manufacturing supply chain traceability, enabled by blockchain and related technologies READ MORE>>>

  • March 31 Webinar: Marshall Fire Research Update

    Please join CO-LABS as we collaborate with an upcoming CONVERGE Virtual Forum dedicated to research conducted in the aftermath of the December 30, 2021 Boulder County Fires. (Also called the Marshall Fire.) March 31, 2022 2:00 -3:00 pm MST Free Registration RSVP HERE. Researchers from all disciplines and practitioners from any organization or institution are welcome to attend, as are interested members of the community and general public. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The third forum in this series on the 2021 Boulder County Fires will be co-convened by the leadership of CO-LABS and will highlight progress in research coordination and new studies led by researchers in federal scientific research labs located in Colorado. Each of the research teams will take 10 minutes to present the preliminary findings from their research on the fires. The remaining time will be dedicated to questions from the audience as well as resource sharing and research coordination efforts. Research presentations include details of the atmospheric flow and the potential impacts on the fire spread, and the weather preceding and during the fire events and the fire environment factors influencing fire behavior at the scale of coupled atmosphere-wildland fire environment (CAWFE) by scientists from NCAR - The National Center for Atmospheric Research, plus details to a survey that will assess evacuation decisions, impacts on property and animals (pets and livestock), air and water quality perceptions, perceived physical and mental health, rebuilding and relocation decisions, and support for recovery policy options. CONVERGE Virtual Forums bring together researchers and research partners to more effectively communicate, coordinate, and collaborate after major disaster events. These forums focus on identifying research needs and priorities, discussing ethical considerations, and learning about the early effects of disasters. The National Science Foundation-supported CONVERGE facility was established in 2018 as the first social science-led component of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for the nation. CONVERGE brings together networks of hazards and disaster researchers from geotechnical engineering, the social sciences, structural engineering, nearshore systems, operations and systems engineering, sustainable material management, and interdisciplinary science and engineering. READ MORE>>>

  • UNAVCO Webinar: Mentoring Undergraduates: Techniques And Best Practices

    Establishing a mentoring relationship typically falls upon the mentee, which can leave individuals who could benefit the most (non-traditional & first generation students or individuals from marginalized groups) out in the cold. As educators and potential mentors what can we do to bridge the gap, and ease the burden? Graduate programs require students to have advisors and committees, which can provide multilayered mentoring. How can we establish a similar relationship with undergraduate students? UNAVCO Education Specialist Anika Knight presented this webinar on techniques and best practices for establishing, maintaining, or improving mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. It was presented to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers; while the topics covered will directly target undergraduate mentors they may also be useful for those working with high school or graduate students. See more details and watch the presentation.

  • Department of Energy Releases 2022 Technology Commercialization Fund Solicitation

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is calling for applications for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). Note: Only national laboratories are eligible for funding from this lab call. SEE MORE DETAILS>>> The joint lab call is the result of a collaborative effort between the DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), eight DOE program offices, and participating national lab stakeholders. This year’s TCF reflects new flexibilities stemming from modifications to the TCF authorizing language passed in the Energy Act 2020. Each funding office was able to follow the approach that maximized the ability of TCF funding to “pursue promising energy technologies for commercial purposes.” DOE expects to make approximately $13.6 million-$16.7 million in federal funding available for awards under this multi-office lab call, issued jointly by OTT; the Office of Electricity; the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Geothermal Technologies Office, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, and Wind Energy Technologies Office; and the Office of Nuclear Energy. The FY22 TCF collaborative solicitation focuses on Core Lab Infrastructure for Commercialization. Submissions under this new funding solicitation go beyond technology-specific projects to propose programs and activities aimed at streamlining the path to market by addressing barriers, gaps, and root causes of commercialization challenges. Additional funding offices will release their customized TCF programming in the coming months.

  • APHIS Extends Application Deadline for the Saul T. Wilson Jr. Internship Program

    Do you have a passion for agricultural and public health? Are you a student who is currently applying to or enrolled in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program? If so, an internship with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) may be right for you! APHIS is accepting applications for the Saul T. Wilson Jr. Internship program: Through this program, you will gain valuable, real-world experience in promoting and protecting the nation’s agricultural animal health. For example, on any given day, you might work in a pasture collecting statistical information, spend time in a laboratory analyzing data, or conduct routine tests alongside seasoned veterinarians, among many other tasks. UNDERGRADS APPLY HERE GRAD STUDENTS APPLY HERE Selected Saul T. Wilson, Jr. interns receive tuition assistance from USDA―up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies and $15,000 per year for graduate studies. After you successfully complete the program and have your DVM degree, you may be eligible for a permanent position as a Veterinary Medical Officer.

  • ISART 2022, tentatively planned for June 13, 2022

    The International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART)™ is a U.S. government-sponsored conference hosted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (NTIA/ITS). ISART is a science and engineering discussion-based conference that brings together government, industry, and academic leaders (both domestic and international) for the purpose of forecasting the development and application of advanced radio technologies. For over two decades, ISART has contributed to encouraging sound, forward-looking spectrum management and regulatory policies that rely on careful engineering and ground-breaking research. The current goal for ISART 2022, now planned for the week of June 13, 2022, is to chart a roadmap and gain consensus for specific data-, science-, and technology-driven means to evolve and expedite spectrum-sharing analyses and decision making. To assist in planning, ITS has issued a call for input, particularly in the form of abstracts, recent publications, articles, or papers, relevant to the goal of ISART 2022. The call for input describes the background and concerns that led to defining that goal. A number of possible topics are described and some open questions presented under each topic. Ideas for creative solutions needn’t be fully developed to be submitted in an abstract form. Submissions could lead to an invitation to participate or present in some fashion at ISART 2022, or to have a publication, article, or paper included in a bibliography for the symposium. See more details>>>

  • Feb 10: USFWS ClimateToolbox.org Webinar

    Field biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service develop climate information for species status assessments of potentially endangered species using data from ClimateToolbox.org. In this webinar, we will discuss the data needs for these assessments and will provide an overview of the data and tools in the Climate Toolbox with specific examples of how biologists currently utilize the Toolbox for assessments. Hosted by the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. RSVP for the webinar Thursday, February 10, 2022, 11a -12p MST The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is a partnership between the US Geological Survey, the University of Colorado Boulder and five consortium partners. The NC CASC fosters innovative and applied research in support of tribal, federal, state, and local natural resource management and decision-making. The North Central center is one of nine regional climate centers in the national CASC network created to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country. It serves Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. About the speakers: Katherine Hegewisch is a project scientist at the University of California Merced where she works as a climate data provider, analyst and web tool developer. She is the developer of the Climate Toolbox, a series of web tools for visualizing climate data. She received her PhD in physics from Washington State University in 2010. John Guinotte is a spatial ecologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in its Ecological Services Program, based out of the legacy region 6 office in Lakewood Colorado. John assists FWS field offices across regions 5 and 7 with analytical, geospatial and statistical needs for listing or delisting species under the Endangered Species Act’s Species Status Assessments. In addition to informing listing decisions, John’s work supports habitat conservation plans, recovery, critical habitat, climate vulnerability and mitigation. John has PhD in Tropical Environmental Studies and Geography from James Cook University in Australia. Alex Kasdin is a Species Assessment Team Project Manager with the Ecological Services Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; she works out of the Regional Office in Lakewood, Colorado. She leads teams of biological experts crafting Species Status Assessments to inform classification decisions under the Endangered Species Act. She also helps decision-makers apply the standards in the Act to determine if species warrant listing. Alex has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Master’s in Public Affairs, both from Princeton University.

  • NESDIS 2021 Year in Review

    Every year is a busy year for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and 2021 proved no different. As the world continued dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued working hard to carry out our mission, providing the nation with the most accurate and timely environmental observations available. For example, NOAA satellites helped us keep careful watch over 2021’s record-breaking weather events, such as the third-most active Atlantic hurricane season on record and devastating wildfires across the country. All together, there were a total of 20 weather and climate disasters in the U.S. with losses exceeding $1 billion. They also resulted in the deaths of 688 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. These events included drought, floods, severe storms, tropical cyclones, wildfire, and a major winter storm. The total dollar-cost of these events was roughly $145 billion—the third highest price tag for the year since records began in 1980. See the full report>>>

  • NOAA and NASA are Looking at Societal Impacts of Earth Data

    NOAA’s Earth-observing data play an integral role in our everyday lives—from understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts, to conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. However, there is still an enormous potential to improve how we understand, value, and use this essential environmental information. Recognizing this, NASA and NOAA are co-sponsoring a Call for Proposals for Socioeconomic Assessments (SEA), which seeks to expand the research, methodologies, tools, and capacity for assessments of the socioeconomic value from Earth science information for real-world decisions and operations. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) serves as a collaborator to this activity and will host the outputs, materials, and results of the awarded groups in their international Societal Benefits Repository. The scope of this call for proposals focuses on broad types of Earth science information, especially satellite-based Earth observations from NASA, NOAA, and USGS, as well as from commercial and international sources. READ MORE>>>

  • Jan 19 Marshall Fire Research Workshop by NSF's CONVERGE Center

    Please join us on Wednesday, January 19, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm MST for the CONVERGE Virtual Forum focused on research needs of the community and proposed research in response to the Boulder County Fires that ignited on December 30, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to: Learn from emergency management and long-term recovery officials about emergent research needs and available data and resources. Hear from researchers who have already launched or are planning to initiate research focused on the Boulder County Fires. Identify possibilities for ethical and effective cross-disciplinary coordination and collaboration. Participants from all disciplines and from any organization or institution are welcome to attend this research forum - you can register via this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope you will take part in this forum if you are: a locally-affected researcher in Colorado who has been impacted by or involved in the response to the Marshall or Middle Fork Fires; a researcher who has been conducting research on wildfires in Colorado or other regions of the U.S. or internationally; interested in establishing social science and interdisciplinary research priorities for perishable data collection, discussing ethical considerations, or learning more about the early effects and social impacts of the fires; a researcher considering launching a post-event investigation or joining a team; and/or planning to apply for funding to collect perishable data. We will record this online meeting and post written updates, questions, and comments on the CONVERGE Virtual Forum page. If you are new to hazards or disaster research, we hope you will access resources available through CONVERGE, including our online Training Modules and Extreme Events Research Check Sheets. You can sign up for updates and other information through our CONVERGE website. Our thoughts are with the many thousands of people who were recently evacuated, those who remain displaced and have lost their homes as a consequence of these devastating fires, and the Boulder County community as a whole. https://converge.colorado.edu/virtual-forums/converge-2021-boulder-county-fires/

  • DOE Office of Technology Transitions Seeks Ideas to Improve Commercialization Programs

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) seeks information to help it refine the scope and structure of its commercialization programs. These programs are intended to address specific challenges in the commercialization process as ideas move across the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) continuum. OTT would like to learn: Your feedback on its programs Commercialization challenges that its programs do not currently address Ideas for programs that are applicable to a variety of technologies Ways to better promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all programs. OTT has provided a single list of questions to consider for all programs. If you have general comments on these subjects, you may submit them via Section 3. If you would like to offer feedback on specific programs, please navigate to program-specific questions using the sections below. Stakeholders from, but not limited to, the following domains are encouraged to respond: industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurs, and investors. READ MORE>>>

  • Merry Christmas! Today Ball Aerospace's Optics & Mirrors Launched on James Webb Telescope

    Ball Aerospace is celebrating today's launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) from French Guiana. The Colorado-based company designed and built the advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system that will enable Webb to detect light from the first stars and galaxies. "It is truly an honor to be such an integral part of the next great space observatory," said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. "Today's launch is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a closely integrated team that spanned across multiple mission partners and NASA. We are tremendously eager to see the science the new observatory captures." Once on orbit, Webb will capture faint light from the very first objects that illuminated the universe after the Big Bang. To make this possible, Ball Aerospace worked with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Northrop Grumman, the prime industry partner, to innovate the 25 square-meter (~269 square feet) mirror system consisting of 18 beryllium mirror segments working together as one mirror. It will be the largest mirror and the first segmented telescope ever deployed in space, operating at the extremely cold space temperature of -406⁰ F (30K) necessary for infrared imaging of distant stars and galaxies. Ball also developed the cryogenic actuators mounted on each segment to control individual mirror positioning and curvature radius within one ten-thousandth the width of a human hair. To align the mirror segments, Ball also designed the 22 electronic flight control boxes to operate in a deep-freeze space environment to individually control each of the 132 actuators that keep the telescope segments properly aligned on orbit. (Note: Ball Aerospace is a Champion Member of CO-LABS and Dr. Makenzie Lystrup is a Board Director) Read More>>>

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