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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.

Colorado is a global leader in natural resource management, climate science, renewable energy, photonics, materials science, astrophysics, telecommunications and earth science. “Researchers in Colorado’s federal laboratories continue to lead the nation with valuable research addressing some of today’s most pressing problems. CO-LABS and the Governor’s awards recognize this work and celebrate its impact,” said Bill Farland, chair of CO-LABS.

The annual reception is the major CO-LABS event to showcase Colorado’s research facilities and the work of the CO-LABS organization. Award recipients include:

“Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network,” NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division

Honored for his work in Atmospheric Science is Dr. Pieter Tans and his team of researchers who have developed and sustained the careful and continuous collection of atmospheric observations to create a long-term record of atmospheric trace gases that is helping scientists around the globe understand the Earth system and how humans are changing the dynamics of the climate on the Earth.

“Helping Colorado Plan for Drought,” Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES): A joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Honored for his work in Sustainability is Dr. Klaus Wolter for his research into connections between the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and drought, and applying his expertise to support water resource management and drought planning in the state of Colorado and throughout the Southwest.

“Developing New Approaches to Diagnosing & Treating Human Arboviral Infections,” Centers for Disease Control, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Fort Collins

Honored for their work in Public Health are Dr. John T. Roehrig and his colleagues at the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases for discoveries in virus biology that have guided the development of new approaches to diagnosing and treating human arboviral infections. His lab developed reagents that are commercially available in limitless supply permitting construction of standardized and reproducible diagnostic tests worldwide. These tests are recognized as the industry standard for producing consistent results. In turn, diagnostic tests developed by CDC are used worldwide in doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals when responding to disease outbreaks like West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue and Japanese encephalitis.

“NIST Chip-Scale Atomic Device Team,” National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder

The team of Drs. John Kitching, Svenja Knappe and Elizabeth Donley are honored for their work in Foundational Technology for their research and development program for ultraminiature devices.  Their work brings the precision associated with atomic clocks to a wide range of applications, from time-keeping to magnetometry to medical imaging.  The team demonstrates extraordinary scientific leadership, innovation, and people leadership in combining the diverse technical fields of laser physics, atomic physics, and microelectromechnical systems (MEMS) to pioneer new measurement science and technologies.

Honorable Mention in Foundational Technology was awarded to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for the work of Dr. Daniel Baker and his team in “Uncovering New Structures In Our Planet’s Radiation Belts.”

Honorable Mention in Sustainability was awarded to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for the work of their Wind Power Forecasting Team for the development of “A Wind Power Forecasting System to Optimize Integration of Renewable Energy Into the Power Grid.”

CO-LABS advances awareness of Colorado’s federal research laboratories’ scientific resources and resulting research impacts. Colorado boasts 30 federally funded scientific research laboratories with a high concentration of renowned scientists whose work has global impact in a number of areas including natural resource management, climate change, renewable energy, photonics and astrophysics. The laboratories work closely with Colorado’s research universities on basic research and development as well as the deployment of technologies.  The CO-LABS consortium includes Colorado federal research laboratories, research universities, state and local governments, economic development organizations, private businesses and nonprofit organizations.   It conducts economic analysis, encourages technology collaboration and provides education programming. 

Established in 2007, CO-LABS is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.  For more information and to register for the event, go to

Media May Contact:
CO-LABS - Meg Collins,, 720-201-2870
NOAA – Carol Knight,, 303-497-6401
CIRES – Katy Human,, 303-735-0196
CDC - Judy Lavelle,, 970-225-4220
NIST – Jim Burrus,, 303-497-4789