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Boulder scientists honored for research

Two groups of scientists and researchers in Boulder were recognized for their work in atmosphere science, foundational technology, public health and sustainability at the Seventh Annual Governor’s Awards for High Impact Research Thursday.

Bruce Jakosky and his team from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics received honors for their work on a spacecraft that is orbiting Mars to explore its upper atmosphere.

And a team of geomagnetic experts from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be recognized for its work creating representations of Earth’s magnetic field. These fields are used for cell phone and other navigational needs from Google and Apple. Their research will ultimately help detect tsunamis.

“These projects highlight the diversity and impact of the science and technology coming out of Colorado’s labs that make our state and the world a better place,” Gov. John HIckenlooper said in a press release. 

CU Boulder opens second pollinator garden

The University of Colorado, Boulder campus welcomed a new 5,000-square-foot pollinator garden near the intersection of 28th Street and Colorado Avenue in September, The Daily Camera reported Sunday.

The garden is the second of its kind on campus and was paid for by a student-fee funded grant program. The initiative cost $140,000.

According to The Daily Camera, pollinator gardens are meant to provide a safe habitat for insects like bees and butterflies and encourage their presence on campus. Garden workers installed plant varieties like barberry, currant, monarda, spirea, rudbeckia and lavender, as well as other flowers and bushes.

Boulder scientists to examine moon dust

In other scientific developments, Boulder scientists will get the chance to study lunar dust and how sunlight reflects from lunar surfaces, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

Edward Garboczi and Ann Chiaramonti Debay, both affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will examine lunar dust from the Apollo 11 and 14 missions.

The NIST scientists will join Jay Goguen, a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. who works with NASA to interpret measurements of how light scatters from the surface of the moon.

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