Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will honor research achievements from six of the state's laboratories at the annual CO-LABS event set for Thursday evening at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Teams from Colorado research facilities and labs will be recognized at the 2012 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research event at 5:30 p.m. at the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, 3415 Colorado Ave.  

For more information on the CO-LABS event, which costs $45, visit: www.co-labs.org/news_events.

Awards recipients include:

Deepwater Horizon Atmospheric Science Team (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CU's cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) — Assessing the risks from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere/Advanced Technology Source (Colorado State University) — Creating advanced software to improve forecasts of hurricane intensity.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Fort Collins) — Discovering a gene that prevents the Lyme disease-causing bacteria from producing an infection after a tick bite.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service —
Using a computer model to improve crop production.

Bureau of Reclamation — Developing methods to help reservoir managers prepare for a potential infestation through the early detection of Zebra and Quagga mussels. 

U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory — Detecting heat loss and determining efficiency in the large batteries used to power electric vehicles.