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CO-LABS Announces Winners of 2019 Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research

Eleventh Annual Event Honors Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers

CO-LABS has announced the four winners of the 2018 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research. Now in its 11th year, the event gathers scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials to celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutions.

The winners will be formally recognized and celebrated on Tuesday, November 12. 2019 from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard in Denver, Colorado. Winners information and registration details are available at

There are three winners this year, which include brilliant, complex and impactful partnerships and research:

A technology based on Nobel Prize-winning research on lasers from JILA at the University of Colorado-Boulder that has been ruggedized and commercialized here in Colorado for use in the field and can detect methane a quarter of a human breath from over a mile away;

A data sleuthing effort that revealed violations of Montreal Protocol emissions standards that has resulted in China recognizing and taking steps to address this flaw; and

A multi-agency, public-private collaboration to estimate probable maximum precipitation and frequency of extreme events above dams In Colorado and New Mexico, to enhance safety and community resilience efforts and inform the Colorado and New Mexico State Engineers' priorities and urgent projects.

While each project has a distinct winning team, collectively the awardees include scientists, researchers and professional technologists from over 20 entities, including The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (several Divisions), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (several Divisions), the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, the Renewable And Sustainable Energy Institute, LongPath Technologies, Inc., the University of Colorado Boulder, United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United States Geological Survey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Applied Weather Associates, MetStat, Inc., Acclivity Associates and the Colorado Division of Water Resources.

Full details of the winning teams and their projects can be seen at