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The Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, Space Weather Workshop has evolved into the Nation's leading conference on all issues relating to space weather. The event is April 26 - 29 in Broomfield, Colorado. See more details. 

The conference addresses the remarkably diverse impacts of space weather on today's technology. The program highlights space weather impacts in several areas, including communications, navigation, spacecraft operations, aviation, and electric power. The presentations and discussions at the Space Weather Workshop also focus on identifying the highest priority needs for operational services that can guide future research and identifying new high-value capabilities that can be transitioned into operations. The conference fosters communication among researchers, space weather service providers, and users of space weather services. 

The history-making New Horizons mission, which launched in 2006, was led by SwRI's Alan Stern, who is based in Boulder, and it has ties also to Ball Aerospace & Technology Corporation and the University of Colorado. Fran Bagenal, in charge of the particles theme for the New Horizons Mission, is a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

"We've observed the solar wind before with Voyager, but what's interesting, what we're seeing with the SWAP data is, we're actually seeing the material from interstellar space that has been coming into the solar system," Bagenal said. Read more. 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program—Energy Execs.

Energy Execs provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning.

Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program. The program requires travel to Golden, Colo., June 15–17, July 20–22, Aug. 17–19, and Sept. 14–16.

Key factors that can combine to produce a Zika virus outbreak are expected to be present in a number of U.S. cities during peak summer months, new research shows.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is spreading the virus in much of Latin America and the Caribbean, will likely be increasingly abundant across much of the southern and eastern United States as the weather warms, according to a new study led by mosquito and disease experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Summertime weather conditions are favorable for populations of the mosquito along the East Coast as far north as New York City and across the southern tier of the country as far west as Phoenix and Los Angeles, according to computer simulations conceived and run by researchers at NCAR and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Erik Mitisek, Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Technology Association, as the state’s new Chief Innovation Officer and as the Chair of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) board. The appointment is effective immediately.

"We're thrilled to have Erik Mitisek on board as our new Chief Innovation Officer,” said Hickenlooper. “Erik brings different strengths and a new energy to our efforts to grow Colorado as a global leader in innovation and technology. His strong background in tech will catalyze the partnerships between public and private sectors that will make Colorado the best place for innovation."