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These annual CO-LABS awards recognize achievements at Colorado's 24 federal labs and other research facilities.  Presented by the Governor, these awards highlight breakthroughs in “High Impact Research”.  The 2012 awards honor breakthroughs in hurricane forecasting, oil-spill air quality assessment, Lyme disease prevention, energy efficiency, detection of aquatic invaders, and crop science. Colorado is a global leader in natural resource management, climate science, renewable energy, photonics, materials science, astrophysics, telecommunications and earth science. “Researchers in Colorado laboratories are working together and finding solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, which is reflected in the Governor’s awards and the commitment that Colorado has to its federal and state organizations,” Bill Farland, chair of CO-LABS