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August 4, 2016: 

CO-LABS' mission includes helping to connect the public with the resources within the federal research labs in Colorado; the Divison of Vector-borne Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, Colorado is on the leading edge of research into the Zika virus. 


At the link above you will find this info and much more: ABOUT ZIKA: Overview of Zika and top questions about Zika answered… SYMPTOMS, TESTING, & TREATMENT: Most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes… PREVENTION: No vaccine exists…Prevent Zika by protecting against mosquito bites… PREGNANCY: Zika and pregnancy, travel information and how to protect yourself if pregnant… TRANSMISSION & RISKS: Transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito… AREAS WITH ZIKA: Countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission... MOSQUITO CONTROL: Prevent mosquito bites, integrated mosquito management, potential range in US, aerial spraying... HEALTH EFFECTS & RISKS: Birth defects, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome…

A new U.S. Geological Survey publication entitled “A Field Ornithologist’s Guide to Genomics: Practical Considerations for Ecology and Conservation” was published on July 27, 2016 in the journal The Auk: Ornithological Advances.

In this review paper, researchers Dr. Sara Oyler-McCance, Mendenhall Fellows Dr. Kevin Oh and Dr. Kathryn Langin, and Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU cooperator) provide a guide for field ornithologists interested in incorporating genomic approaches into their research program, with an emphasis on techniques related to ecology and conservation.

The International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) is a US government-sponsored conference that brings together government, academia, and industry leaders for the purpose of collaborating on groundbreaking developments and applications of advanced radio technologies. ISART 2016 is the 15th in the series of high quality symposia bringing together the world's experts on advanced radio systems development, happening August 1-3, 2016 in Westminster, Colorado.

The theme of ISART 2016 is spectrum forensics, that is, spectrum measurements that support interference monitoring, investigation, and enforcement.  As more and more spectrum users are pressed to operate in shared bands, effective spectrum sharing will require an entirely new legal and regulatory environment, as well as sophisticated technologies that can reliably thread the three parameters of time, frequency, and location to deliver acceptable service in shared bands without interfering with other users of the same or adjacent bands.  Spectrum forensics will help build and maintain good fences to make good neighbors. 

NOAA’s first space weather satellite, DSCOVR, has completed instrument validation and will go operational on July 27, when it will take over the role of monitoring potentially damaging space weather storms as they approach Earth. DSCOVR, which stands for Deep Space Climate Observatory, brings improved measurements and higher quality data than currently available, giving forecasters better information with which to issue critical space weather warnings and alerts.

“Even though the sun is 93 million miles away, activity on the surface of the sun can have significant impacts here on Earth,” said Tom Berger, director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “Severe space weather can disrupt power grids, marine and aviation navigation, satellite operations, GPS systems and communication technologies. DSCOVR will allow us to deliver more  timely, accurate, and actionable geomagnetic storm warnings, giving people time to prevent damage and disruption of important technological systems.”

NREL has issued its annual open call for requests to use the lab's high-performance computing (HPC) resources. NREL provides HPC and related capabilities to support the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Research and development projects that are funded by EERE offices or aligned with the EERE mission are eligible to use these resources.

On behalf of EERE, NREL coordinates the allocation of its HPC resources each fiscal year. For fiscal year 2017 (FY17), the allocation period runs November 1, 2016, through October 31, 2017. Allocation requests are due August 1, 2016. Resources to be allocated include approximately 21 million node hours (nodes have 16 or 24 cores), 750 terabytes of shared data storage, and up to 1 petabyte of long-term data storage.