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Governor's Awards 2017

CO-LABS Announces Winners of

2017 Governor's Awards

for High-Impact Research

Ninth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s
Top Scientists and Engineers
for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017
5:30- 9:00 PM

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Hosted By

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Just Announced: Keynote Speaker James Balog!

James Balog Chasing Ice    
Photographer of Chasing Ice and Founder, Extreme Ice Survey

From the quantum realm of bioscience to the vanguard of atmospheric physics, from the technology advancing brilliant manufacturing to crucial new assessments of severe weather – come join the premier scientific research recognition event in Colorado with over 200 researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials as we celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs. 

Now in its 9th year, the event gathers scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials to celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutions.

In addition - CO-LABS is pleased to announce James Balog will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Governor’s Awards for High Impact Research event, speaking on “The Value of Scientific Research in the Anthropocene.” Mr. Balog is the world-renowned photographer featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Chasing Ice and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey. His insight into global environmental and societal trends, and the crucial role research plays in assessing complex factors shaping our world make him a compelling addition to this year’s CO-LABS Awards ceremony. 

“I've always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception,” says Mr. Balog.  “I look forward to joining the esteemed guests at the Governor’s Awards to discuss and share imagery that highlights the power of art and science to not only reveal incredibly profound forces in nature but also to be a source of inspiration and solutions to our most prevalent and pressing societal challenges.”  (Read more about Mr. Balog below.)

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper CO-LABS science awards 2016

“The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight what makes Colorado a leader in innovation It’s terrific to see research advance its partnerships with the private sector. The range of crucial and profound discoveries coming from these labs are a national asset,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.  “I congratulate the scientific teams for their groundbreaking work and am excited to see the mark they will leave on our state and society as a whole.”

2017 winners:

• JILA and Dr. Tom Perkins' New twists in the molecules of life details
• NIST  - Seeing More with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) details 
• NOAA/CU-Boulder/UCAR -  GPS Reflections: Innovative Techniques details
• CIRA - GOES-16 the New Generation of Geostationary Weather Satellites details

Also for 2017 there are three Honorable Mentions:

USDA ARS - Sugar Beet research with High Impact in Colorado, the USA and the World details 
CIRES - Snow Research Improves Avalanche Safety, Water Resource Management details 
NOAA ESRL - Science on a Sphere and SOS Explorer visualization systems details
 

Thank you to our sponsors of Colorado's ecosystem

of brilliant research and discovery:

PLATINUM SPONSORS: 

University of Colorado Boulder

NREL

 


GOLD SPONSORS

  Boulder Economic Council    Boulder Chamber

UCAR   Xcel Energy

US Department of Agriculture Research Services  

RASEI   Ball Aerospace & Technologies


SILVER SPONSORS

     Colorado State University

City of Boulder    Colorado SBDC

Brian Payer & Family


BRONZE SPONSORS

SU Group

Colorado BioScience Association

WilmerHale

More announcements on speakers, program agenda and more to come!

Read more about James Balog 

“Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation, with renowned scientists whose research has global impact in a range of fields including agriculture, climate and weather, earth science, materials science, natural resource management, renewable energy, space physics and telecommunications,” said CO-LABS Executive Director Dan Powers. “This prestigious event provides a unique opportunity to connect with leading scientists, lab directors, business leaders and policymakers in an informal and celebratory setting, as we highlight the labs’ role in innovation and their significant contribution to the state economy.”

Started in 2009 by then-Governor Bill Ritter, this recognition effort starts with CO-LABS convening a special committee of academic researchers, technology transfer experts and science and engineering professionals to review nominations from the more than 30 federally-funded labs and research institutes in Colorado. Through a thoughtful and thorough process this group 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.

(Read about the 2016 winners and see videos of their amazing science.