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CO-LABS Announces Winners of the 

2016 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research

Eighth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s Top Scientists

and Engineers for Projects

Having a Significant Impact on Society


DENVER, CO - August 29, 2016: From the furthest reaches of space to the smallest quantum particles to measurements of atmospheric gases and assessment of human B cell antibodies – CO-LABS has announced the four winners of the 2016 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research. Now in its 8th 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 federal research labs.

August 23, 2016:  Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  After successfully miniaturizing both clocks and magnetometers based on the properties of individual atoms, NIST physicists have now turned to precision gyroscopes, which measure rotation. 

The NIST team has demonstrated a compact atomic gyroscope design that could, with further development, be portable, low power, and accurate enough to be used for navigation. Gyroscopes, traditionally based on mechanical components that spin or vibrate, are common in navigation applications and are increasingly used in consumer electronics such as smartphones. The new NIST device might find uses in applications requiring ultra-precise navigation with extreme size, weight and power limits, such as on spacecraft or submarines.

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.