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Upcoming Events

2017 Tours: 

      See the list to the right

2016 Tours: 
CO-LABS Tour of LASP
     Tuesday, March 15, 2016 
CO-LABS Tour of NOAA 
     Monday, March 28, 2016  (special event with Rep. Jared Polis, limited space)
CO-LABS Tour of UNAVCO
     Thursday, April 28, 2016
CO-LABS tour of NREL ESIF
     Tuesday, May 10, 2016 
CO-LABS tour of NCAR Mesa Lab 
      Wednesday, June 29, 2026
CO-LABS tour of CIRA
      Thursday, Sept. 1 216
      Thursday October 6, 2016
CO-LABS Tour of USDA National Wildlife Research Center
       Thursday, October 27, 2016 

Coming soon:  USGS, NEON, USTPO lab tours

 

Upcoming CO-LABS Events

DID YOU ATTEND? October 6, 2016 Governor's Award

for High-Impact Research event - details here!
 

2017 Tours Announcement!

As part of our mission supporting the scientific research community in Colorado, we have arranged several insider’s tours of research facilities during 2017. Leaders from our network of scientific, business, political and academic backgrounds will be gathering, please join us!

Space is often limited due to the protocols of various labs, please RSVP early to dan@co-labs.org.
(NOTE: More tours are still being confirmed)

COMING UP NEXT: 


Xcel Energy Trading Floor
1800 Larimer St. Denver
Monday, April 10, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 pm
From the 10th-floor trading desks at its Colorado headquarters in downtown Denver, Xcel trades in power, as well as renewable-energy credits, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using computer models based on wind prediction research by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, traders figure out how much electricity customers are going to use the next day, where they can get it most cheaply via Xcel’s wind turbine portfolio. Come see the state-of-the-art in real-time weather prediction and renewables integration at utility scale. Prepare to be astounded.

 

USDA ARS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation

1111 S Mason St, Fort Collins
April 12, 2017
3:00 – 6:00 pm w/social hour
The mission of the Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Unit is to acquire, preserve, and evaluate genetic resources from plants, animals, microbes, aquatic organisms and insects; coordinate their availability, conservation, and utilization; and to provide optimum access to desirable genes and gene complexes. The informal description: this is the Fort Knox of seeds, designed to safeguard the American food supply from the numerous threats posed by a rapidly changing planet.

 


Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
430 N College Ave., Ft. Collins
Monday, April 24, 2017
3:00 – 7:00 pm w/social hour
The Collaboratory is a research consortium of four research institutions: Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Colorado State University (CSU), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) & University of Colorado Boulder (CU). The Collaboratory is located in the recently expanded and transformed 1936 power plant facility – the Powerhouse Energy Campus. This 100,000 square-foot. LEED Platinum Certified research complex was completed in 2014 and includes 65,000 square-foot of innovative laboratory, office, meeting, classroom and business incubator space. Come see what innovations are being nurtured in this compelling structure!

 

UNAVCO
6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
3:00 – 7:00 pm w/social hour
UNAVCO’s scientists perform cutting-edge research in the geosciences and space sciences that focuses on the structure and dynamics of the crust, hydrosphere, cryosphere, oceans, and the atmosphere. On a global scale, their efforts support defining Earth’s shape, gravity and rotation and understanding the global influences of plate tectonics.  UNAVCO’s collective precision and nearly ubiquitous, constant analysis of the earth helps with preparedness, forecast, response and mitigation of earthquakes, volcanic unrest, landslides, wildfires, flooding, severe weather, hurricanes, tsunamis and space weather. UNAVCO’s GPS stations provide 1 to 2 centimeter real-time positions for survey-grade GPS work. DID YOU KNOW: About 50% of the users of UNAVCO’s real-time GPS data are from the private sector. Come look behind the scenes of this mighty global effort, located conveniently across from Avery Brewery, where we will have a subsequent tour and social hour.

 


U.S. Geological Survey
National Ice Core Laboratory

Denver Federal Center
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
3:00 – 7:00 pm w/social hour
The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world. NICL provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations. Over 8000 samples from around the globe attract world-class scientists and researchers; we’ll also visit the adjacent Core Research Center.

 

Previous 2017 Tours:

NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s
Energy Systems Integration Facility

15013 Denver W Pkwy, Golden
Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:00 – 10:00 am
The Energy Systems Integration Facility houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities that supports the development, evaluation, and demonstration of innovative clean energy technologies. Specialty research capabilities include: Systems integration; Prototype and component development; Manufacturing and material diagnostics & High-performance computing and analytics. You have to see this to believe it - the science in the ESIF is astounding.

JILA
JILA - The Joint Institute of CU-Boulder and
the National Institute of Standards and Technology

440 UCB, CU-Boulder campus
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2:15 – 6:00 pm w/social hour
JILA scientists conduct innovative research in quantum information with a goal of better understanding the tiny, cold world where the laws of quantum mechanics apply. In quantum simulation, JILA scientists have built two quantum simulators that probe the quantum mechanical behavior of cool, lattice-confined Sr atoms and ultracold KRb molecules. Last October CO-LABS recognized JILA with the Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research for their quantum machines work – come see just how the foundations of the known physical universe are researched and applied to work in atomic, molecular, and optical physics, nanoscience, and precision measurement.

 

2016 Tours:

 

CO-LABS Membership Tour 

USDA National Wildlife Research Center

Thursday, October 27, 2016

3:00 - 5:00 PM & offsite social hour

The USDA's National Wildlfe Research Center website

The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is a major facility within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Wildlife Services (WS) program.

The National Wildlife Research Center is the federal institution devoted to resolving problems caused by the interaction of wild animals and society. The Center applies scientific expertise to the development of practical methods to resolve these problems and to maintain the quality of the environments shared with wildlife. NWRC is headquartered on the Foothills Research Campus of Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO. Approximately two-thirds of NWRC's 150-person staff is located in Fort Collins; the remainder of the highly specialized staff are located throughout the United States, and address regional wildlife damage management issues. Further, NWRC routinely conducts international consultancies in this specialized area. 

 

The National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Laboratory

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

3:00 - 6:30pm 

    NCAR’s research produces impressive advances in our understanding of fundamental atmospheric processes and how the atmosphere interacts with and is influenced by other components of the Earth and Sun system. NCAR incorporates advanced observing facilities for field studies, powerful supercomputing capabilities, valuable research data sets that describe the Earth and the Sun, and widely used state-of-the-science community models that are providing improved capabilities for predictions of weather (including catastrophic events), air quality, hydrology, climate variability and change, and space weather. In 2014 NCAR won the Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research presented by CO-LABS for their Wind and Solar Power Forecasting System.

Guests at our June 29, 2016 visit to NCAR's Mesa Lab in the Damon Room


We’ll hear from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Interim President Michael Thompson about the strategic plans for NCAR, tour labs in small groups, see demonstrations of their Visualization Lab and be among the first to see their new weather and climate science exhibit. We’ll have time to tour the exhibit and enjoy a social hour in the beautiful Damon Room facing the Flatirons.

A highlight will be the new multimedia displays, believed to be the region’s largest permanent exhibit dedicated to climate change. The exhibit will highlight the workings of our climate system, how scientists study it, and the potential impacts of warming temperatures and altered precipitation patterns on society and the environment. The exhibit will be divided into five sections, each designed with input from NCAR scientists. The sections provide an overview of our climate system, the influence of greenhouse gases, the techniques that scientists use to study climate, the impacts of climate change on society and ecosystems, and strategies for reducing our carbon footprint and adapting to a changing climate.
 

Tour of NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

7:30 - 9:30 am 

The Energy Systems Integration Facility houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities that supports the development, evaluation, and demonstration of innovative clean energy technologies. Specialty research capabilities include: Systems integration; Prototype and component development; Manufacturing and material diagnostics & High-performance computing and analytics. You have to see this to beileve it - the science in the ESIF is astounding. 

Guests at the NREL ESIF tour May 10, 2016: 

CO-LABS tour of NREL ESIF May 10, 2016

 

 

Tour of UNAVCO

Thursday, April 28, 2016

3:00 - 4:30 pm  

 
"Just Exactly Where Am I?"
The best way to answer that question is with Geodesy –
the science of the shape, size, gravity, motion and related nuances of the earth. Join CO-LABS for an insider's visit to UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium of more than 200 universities, ​facilitating and supporting scientists and researchers using geodesy technologies.
We’ll hear from UNAVCO’s Director Meghan Miller plus other scientists whose cutting edge research in the geosciences and space sciences focus on the structure and dynamics of the crust, hydrosphere, cryosphere, oceans, and the atmosphere.
On a global scale, their efforts support defining Earth’s shape, gravity and rotation and understanding the global influences of plate tectonics.
 
Some of the guests at our April 28 tour of UNAVCO: 
 
CO-LABS tour of UNAVCO 4.28.16 group A


UNAVCO’s collective precision and nearly ubiquitous, constant analysis of the earth helps with preparedness, forecast, response and mitigation of earthquakes, volcanic unrest, landslides, wildfires, flooding, severe weather, hurricanes, tsunamis and space weather. UNAVCO’s GPS stations provide 1 to 2 centimeter real-time positions for survey-grade GPS work. About 50% of the users of UNAVCO’s real-time GPS data are from the private sector. UNAVCO maintains an extensive and freely accessible archive of data, data products, and data tools. We provide technology development, technical support, geophysical training, workforce development, student internships and educational materials. See more.


PLUS:
Join us for a tour and catered Social Hour immediately afterwards,
right across the street at the new Avery Brewery
5:00 – 7:00pm-ish
4910 Nautilus Ct, Boulder MAP

 

Tour of the Laboratory for

Atmospheric and Space Physics

Tuesday March 15, 2016

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Guests at the March 15 tour of LASP: 

 

Did you know there is only one research research institute in the world to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto? It's located on CU-Boulder campus: the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. LASP projects range from investigating the atmosphere of Mars, the impacts of solar storms on satellites and managing instruments on space probes orbiting the sun to the New Horizons spacecraft investigating Pluto and building tiny cube satellites the size of a loaf of bread.

Join CO-LABS for an insider's tour of LASP with comments by lab Director Dan Baker. Dan is a CU-Boulder Distinguished Professor, Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and 2015 awardee of the prestigious Shen Kuo Award from the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy.

We will view models of different spacecraft and satellites, a class-10,000 clean room, a machine shop for building instruments, and the Mission Operations Center from which LASP scientists and students operate satellites.

Leaders from our network of scientific, business, political and academic backgrounds will be gathering, please join us!

PLUS: Following the LASP tour, you can drive over to the Fiske Planetarium - at 5:30pm Planetarium Director Doug Duncan will provide details on their recent NASA grant and how Fiske is used in teaching and community outreach. CU-Boulder assistant professor David Brain and aerospace students will talk about CU's MAVEN mission to Mars' atmosphere, recent findings and why NASA is extending their mission. As you may know, the MAVEN mission was recognized in October by CO-LABS with the Governor's Award for High Impact Research. Details.

View a short overview video of LASP and the spotlight video on the MAVEN project from the October 8, 2015 Governor's Awards event: