Governor's Awards recognize researchers
Last Updated: 15:43 October 11, 2013
Their research has led to breakthroughs in the creation of a long-term record of global greenhouse gases, Colorado drought planning, new approaches to diagnose and treat arboviral infections, and ultra-miniature precision devices.
The event is the nonprofit CO-LABS' annual event to showcase Colorado's research facilities. CO-LABS is an acronym for Colorado leveraging assets for better science.
Categories and award recipients were:
Atmospheric Science: Dr. Pieter Tans and his team of researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division, developed the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, a collection of atmospheric observations to create a long-term record of atmospheric trace gases that is helping scientists around the globe understand how humans are changing the dynamics of the climate.
Sustainability: Dr. Klaus Wolter, a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint institute of the University of Colorado-Boulder and NOAA, discovered connections between El Nino and drought that will support water-resource management and drought planning in the Colorado and throughout the Southwest. El Nino refers to warmer than normal sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean that impact global weather patterns.
Public Health: Research by Dr. John T. Roehrig and his colleagues at the Center for Disease Control's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, has led to new ways to diagnose and treat human arboviral infections. Arboviral infections are transmitted by arthropods, such as mosquitoes and ticks that lead to West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue and Japanese encephalitis. His lab developed reagents that are commercially available to produce diagnostic tests.
Foundational Technology: The team of Drs. John Kitching, Svenja Knappe and Elizabeth Donley from the National Institute of Technology's Chip-Scale Atomic Device Team made discoveries that bring the precision associated with atomic clocks to a wide range of applications, from time-keeping to magnetometry to medical imaging using atoms to create ultra-miniature devices.
An honorable mention in Foundational Technology was awarded to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics for the work of Dr. Daniel Baker and his team in uncovering new structures in a planet's radiation belts.
And an honorable mention in Sustainability was awarded to the National Center for Atmospheric Research for the work of its Wind Power Forecasting Team for the development of a wind power forecasting system to optimize integration of renewable energy into the power grid.
Ken Lund, executive director of the state's Office of Economic Development & International Trade, presented the awards on behalf of Gov. John Hickenlooper who praised the winners via a video message.
The event was held at the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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