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  • Dec 10: CSU Hosts Dr. Matthew Hepburn, M.D.; Operation Warp Speed Leader

    December 10, 2021, 3:30 - 5:00 PM - join in person or online via Zoom: Dr. Matt Hepburn is an infectious disease physician who has served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps since 1996. He has had a distinguished career in military medicine treating patients and leading innovations to improve the health of those serving in the Department of Defense. With his expertise in operational medicine, research and response, Dr. Hepburn served in the White House and the Pentagon during the H1N1 and Avian Influenza pandemics; helping to develop policy in detection and treatment during outbreaks. During his tenure at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dr. Hepburn expanded diagnostic and therapeutic countermeasures, including mRNA vaccines delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic and predictive analytical tools for enhanced medical outcomes. Dr. Hepburn led Operation Warp Speed to hasten the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Dec. 7: CO-LABS ROI on Research Series - Dr. Robert Sievers

    In 2009 Dr. Robert E. Sievers was recognized for his leadership on research to create dry, inhalable vaccines and pharmaceuticals in the category of Public Health for the inaugural "Governor's Award for High-Impact Research" event hosted by CO-LABS and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. His team innovated a dry delivery technique for the measles vaccine to eliminate the need for injections, liquid storage, refrigeration and other challenges. For more than 40 years Dr. Sievers has studied analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical science, aerosols, microparticles and nanoparticles, inhalable vaccines and antibiotics, and supercritical fluids. In this webinar Dr. Sievers will be joined by a few current researchers and scientists who have built on his work and also provide fascinating recent details of the scope of his research devoted to the development of evidence based knowledge regarding the medical benefits of hemp. This session is part of the CO-LABS "ROI on Research" Series providing updates and inspirational insights to the longer-term impacts and ways brilliant research from scientists in Colorado has manifested over the years. This Series highlights the previous winners of the Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research beginning in 2009. About the Governor's Awards: Since 2009 the Governor’s Awards for High-Impact Research has honored Colorado scientists and engineers from the state’s federally funded research laboratories for outstanding achievements. Each year a special committee appointed by the CO-LABS Board of Directors reviews nominations from Colorado’s labs and selects projects that have had a significant global, national or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy or development of a new technology.

  • AI Risk Management Framework Workshop Oct 19-21

    Registration is open for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s virtual AI Risk Management Framework workshop from Oct 19-21. At this kickoff event you can help to develop an AI Framework to manage risks to individuals, organizations, and society. NIST will share feedback from the earlier Request for Information (RFI). You will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear about future plans for the AI RMF. For more information please visit the NIST AI RMF website.

  • CO-LABS Statement on Possible Govt. Shutdown

    The value of scientific research and the continuous operations of our federal government research laboratories cannot be overstated. This is a statement sent by our Executive Director to U.S. Representative Joe Neguse based on feedback from our network and the concerns over the deeply negative impacts of another (possible as of Sept. 29) federal government shutdown. (Note: a similar message was sent to other Colorado elected federal representatives) September 29, 2021 Dear Representative Neguse, I’m reaching you on behalf of the CO-LABS network of federally-funded research laboratories and our broad membership spectrum of science- and technology-focused companies, universities and professionals in Colorado. We are deeply concerned about the possible federal government shutdown beginning Friday, October 1, 2021. Your engagement and support of the federal research laboratories in our state is well known among our membership, and we are grateful for all the efforts you are undoubtedly making to ensure an agreement for continued funding is achieved. As perhaps helpful context to share with your colleagues in Congress, recall that the scientific research projects and data coming from the federal labs in Colorado and across the entire country ensure our most basic societal needs are provided for, such as clean water, food production, extreme weather mitigation and public health programs. Our country’s more aspirational goals such as quantum computing, renewable energy provision and aerospace technologies are ultimately also matters of national security and any kind of government shutdown profoundly impacts our global competitiveness. More acutely, a shutdown causes massive upheaval to federal employees’ lives, their research and all of the hobbled projects with their academic and private-sector partners - it is a self-inflicted setback that our country cannot afford. The range of research within more than 35 federally-funded research laboratories and joint institutes in Colorado is a crucial part of our nation’s ability to function responsibly and equitably on behalf of all our citizens. We truly appreciate your efforts to ensure the federal government remains funded, and that taxpayer-funded laboratories continue to manifest the positive and inspiring benefits of science! Sincerely, Dan Powers Executive Director CO-LABS, Inc.

  • Oct. 1 CSU Cyber-biosecurity 2021 Symposium

    During the past year, there have been reports of increasing cyber threats to research databases and manufacturing operations. These follow an increasing frequency of ransomware threats to hospital systems and known vulnerabilities to operating systems for research and industrial equipment used in critical life sciences discovery and manufacturing. These threats apply across all areas of the bio-economy, including production of therapeutics, vaccines, chemicals, energy, and agriculture. REGISTER AND INFO>>> Hosted by Colorado State University, the purpose of this symposium is to bring together experts from multiple sectors to discuss the current vulnerabilities and opportunities for collaborative solutions in the emerging field of cyberbiosecurity. "CSU is uniquely positioned to explore the vulnerabilities of life sciences and the bio-economy to increasing cybersecurity threats and to develop solutions. We have unique assets in biomanufacturing and large databases of discovery research in infectious disease, climate, and agriculture. Addressing these challenges will require multidisciplinary research collaboration and new educational efforts." - Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research, Colorado State University

  • NEON Joins Forces with the Environmental Data Initiative

    The National Ecological Observatory Network (run by Battelle, headquarters in Boulder, CO) has joined forces with the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) to promote data accessibility and usability in the environmental sciences. The joint initiative will create tools, templates, and standards that will make it easier to synthesize data from the NEON program, the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), and other networks and organizations. It also provides a place for individual researchers to publish derived data and to search and discover data sets submitted by other researchers. One of the primary goals of the joint initiative is to facilitate the creation of an inclusive and diverse community of environmental data providers and users. EDI brings together data scientists, environmental researchers, and software developers to develop standards and software tools to enable FAIR data, as outlined by the GO FAIR initiative. GO FAIR seeks to make scientific data more open and inclusive for individuals and organizations. Read more>>>

  • Aug 5 webinar: FirstNet During the Pandemic: An Inside Look

    Join the FirstNet Authority on August 5 at 2 p.m. ET for a webinar focused on how public safety has utilized the FirstNet Network to support COVID-19 pandemic response. In this webinar they will discuss: how FirstNet supported agencies managing the combined impact of wildland fires and pandemic response, leveraging FirstNet devices and deployables to overcome challenges at mass testing centers and mass vaccination sites, utilizing LMR and Push-to-Talk to integrate response talk groups. Register here so you don’t miss out on these important topics and the opportunity to ask questions to first responders. Speakers include: William Chapman, State of Oregon Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Michael Nix, Georgia Emergency Communications Authority Executive Director Benjamin Bass, Florida Division of EM, Telecommunications Administrator/Statewide Interoperability Coordinator The FirstNet innovation and test lab headquarters are located in Boulder, Colorado: see more about their activities>>> This webinar is intended for public safety and other government personnel and will be recorded and may be distributed to attendees and other stakeholders upon request.

  • Aug 12 Webinar: NSA Seed Fund for SBIR/STTR

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites you to attend a virtual question and answer session, "Intro to America's Seed Fund at NSF" on Thursday, August 12, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. In this session, a Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program Director will answer questions about how to get started, the basics of eligibility, and what we look for when we review Project Pitches. You may have attended or registered for a similar session in the past, but we want to give you every opportunity to have your questions answered​​​​​. CLICK FOR INFO

  • Aug 4 DOE SBIR STTR Webinar with Colorado SBDC

    On August 4, the Colorado Small Business Development Center presents a webinar to learn about the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs directly from Outreach Program Manager, Eileen Chant, PhD. You will gain an understanding of all of the resources available to you for the highest likelihood of success in applying for one of these non-dilutive funding opportunities. DOE offers more than 60 technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in: Energy Production Energy Use Fundamental Energy Sciences Environmental Management Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation The webinar will end with a live Q&A session. RSVP and info>>>

  • Sept 12-17, 2021 NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences

    This hybrid workshop is a continuation of the NOAA series of workshops on “Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences.” The third event continues the successes of previous workshops and encourages participation by scientists, program managers, and leaders from the public, academic and private sectors who work in AI and environmental sciences. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” As a hybrid event, in-person capacity at Boulder will be limited in accordance with the most recent public health guideline while the virtual event will be open broadly to the public. SEE MORE INFO>>> Call for Abstracts The workshop is currently accepting abstracts relevant to the theme of this year’s workshop until June 18, 2021. The major topics that will be covered by this workshop include: AI for Weather & Climate: Using AI to advance the understanding of weather and climate systems and improve the capability to predict extreme events and future changes. AI for Blue Economy: Using AI to enhance all sectors of the American Blue Economy, such as fishery stock assessment, efficient marine resource surveys, automated data acquisition and analysis, image processing, coastal resilience planning, and protection of the marine ecosystem. Workforce Development & Education: Development and educational activities to promote workforce proficiency and increase workforce diversity around AI. Research-to-Operation/Commercialization (R2X) for AI: Examples and lessons learned on how to transfer AI-based research into operational and/or commercial products. Trustworthy & Responsible AI in Environmental Sciences: Tools and case studies to address the ethical concerns of AI applications in environmental sciences and their societal impacts, such as explainable AI and risk communication. Seamless AI Systems: Development of end-to-end AI-based systems that provide workflows, products, and/or services to build customized AI applications for end-users. Community of Practice: Strategies and examples of how to organize communities of practice around AI in environmental sciences to accelerate the adoption of AI and the collaborations with communities of practice that are relevant to other NOAA’s Science and Technology focus areas. Tools, Resources & Datasets: Development of open source tools, resources, and datasets to improve the efficiency and efficacy of AI applications in environmental sciences, such as deep learning tools, reference datasets for AI application benchmarking, and AI-ready data development.

  • Watch: USDA RMRS - A West-Wide Rangeland Wildfire Fuel Assessment

    Reading the Tea Leaves is a monthly recorded series with Dr. Matt Reeves - a USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Research Ecologist specializing in remote sensing and ecological modeling. Dr. Reeves analyzes current rangeland fuel conditions across the west, with emphasis on emerging hotspots. New episodes will be posted on the first Monday of every month and more frequently as the summer progresses. Projections are based on Reeves' Fuelcasting system, a new program that provides projections of expected fuel conditions this grazing season. It is an important component of the Rangeland Production Monitoring System. Check out the series on-demand here. Projections are based on Reeves' Fuelcasting system, a new program that provides projections of expected fuel conditions this grazing season. It is an important component of the Rangeland Production Monitoring System. June 3, 2021 - A special live edition of Reading the Tea Leaves with Dr. Dan McEvoy, Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center, and Iric Burden, Range/Weeds/Botany Program Manager, Kaibab National Forest. See the series here.

  • The LandPKS App Provides Soil Insights for Better Land Management

    Several years ago, a group of USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists saw great potential for apps in agriculture. Their foresight led them to develop “LandPKS,” an app that allows users anywhere in the world to access, collect, store, interpret and, if they wish, share soil, vegetation cover, and management data via a smart phone or tablet. The goal of LandPKS is to provide global access to knowledge for sustainable land management. Short for Land-Potential Knowledge System, LandPKS has four input modules that can be used individually or together to customize the app to the user's needs: LandInfo LandManagement LandCover SoilHealth Using GPS for pinpoint location, LandPKS allows access to vast amounts of existing, open-source data on soil, ecology, climate, and more. Much of the U.S. data is from ARS and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and each time users input data on their own soils, the app's soil identification accuracy improves. Herrick pointed out that users have the option to keep their information private if desired. So, what can it do? help users discover the value and potential of their land based on its characteristics allow access to soil information from anywhere accurately identify soil type help users track planting and harvest dates and management efforts Researchers evaluate the LandPKS mobile app for vegetation monitoring at the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range. (Shawn Salley, D4424-1)LandPKS is not just for farmers and ranchers; anyone can use it. It's a handy tool for gardeners, who can use it to help determine the soil type of their garden. Teachers are also using a curriculum unit based on the app that aligns with Next Generation Science Standards used by many states by promoting an understanding of how soils and topography determine the land's potential to support crop production. Read more and get download info

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