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Bill Farland and Scott Sternberg
September 30th, 2013

Guest Commentary Posted in the 9/27/2013 Denver Post 

Even though other states have larger facilities that account for more in economic output, what sets Colorado apart is the number and diversity of its federally funded laboratories. (Andrew Burton,Getty Images)
Colorado's economy is on the upswing. According to just about every economic status report released recently, 2013 has been marked by growth in employment, population, and job creation, placing our state's economic health well above that of other states, both regionally and nationally.

Office of Economic Development & International Trade Executive Director Ken Lund will present the annual awards for “High-Impact Research” on Oct. 10 to teams from four Colorado-based research centers for breakthroughs in the creation of a long-term record of global greenhouse gases, Colorado drought planning, new approaches to diagnosing and treating arboviral infections, and ultraminiature precision devices.

CO-LABS, the nonprofit that informs the public about the breakthroughs and impacts from the 30 federally funded labs and research facilities in Colorado, is sponsoring the 2013 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research, to be held at the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado Boulder beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Report Showcases the Need for the Nation to Continue to Support Research Innovation

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 5, 2013 -- As the nation continues to look for solutions on the types of investment it should make for long-term economic growth, a report released today out of Colorado underscores the importance of sustained funding for research at the federal laboratories and the resulting impact on the economy.

The report from CO-LABS, a consortium organized to establish Colorado as a global leader in research, technology, and their commercialization, shows that the economic impact of the state's federally funded laboratories was $2.3 billion and directly employed nearly 8,000 people in 2012.

WINDCAP® Ultrasonic Wind Sensor WMT700 Now Available for Cold Climate Operations

Helsinki, Finland - August 26, 2013 - Vaisala is pleased to announce the release of its WINDCAP® Ultrasonic Wind Sensor WMT700, which now includes an option for full-body heating of the unit, making it a top choice for monitoring wind conditions in extremely cold climates with heavy snow and ice conditions.  Vaisala's WMT700 is a professional meteorological instrument that utilizes ultrasonic sound to determine wind speed and direction.  The measurement is based on the ultrasonic sound wave traveling time from one transducer to another, which varies with wind speed.  The sensor is highly accurate, reliable, and proven to measure wind conditions in demanding climates, with optimal results.  There are no moving parts, allowing for low maintenance and providing the sensor with a long and low cost operational life cycle.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2013 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) today announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent (US 8,407,931 B1) to USDA for a live snake trap that utilizes two trip pans for the humane capture of larger, heavier snakes, such as the invasive Burmese python.  Each pressure trip pan has an independent release mechanism so that both must be depressed simultaneously in order to spring the trap, an important feature designed to reduce if not eliminate capture of nontarget animals. Called the Large Reptile Trap, this device was developed by a scientist at the NWRC Florida Field Station in Gainesville, Florida, in conjunction with Tomahawk Live Trap LLC.

“Though the trap is based on a standard live trap design, the Large Reptile Trap is the first to require two trip pans to be depressed at the same time in order to close the trap door. The pans are spaced such that non-target animals are unlikely to trigger the trap,” said NWRC wildlife biologist and trap inventor John Humphrey. “This trap was developed with the invasive Burmese python in mind. It capitalizes on their larger length and weight.”