A monthly newsletter that includes a collection of important news and updates from Telluride Science.


Attendees of the Siemens Digitalization and Innovation Summit

It is Valentine's Day, and we are feeling the love in Telluride. We are grateful to our construction crew who is keeping the Depot renovation on track and to all of our donors who continue to support us in our efforts.

Our winter workshops are in full swing. The first week of February, we welcomed the Siemens Digitalization and Innovation Summit with participants from Tesla, Google, Proctor & Gamble, Bechtel Energy, Rapta AI, Körbor Supply Chain, Hanwha, and Forge Nano. The group was exploring all that is possible in enterprise digitalization, AI, industrial metaverse, STEM, and improving sustainability through digitalization. Other upcoming workshops include Physical Genomics and Transcriptional Engineering which examines the possibility of reprogramming cells to prevent and treat diseases like cancer or Alzheimer’s. The Decarbonization of Cement Innovation Workshop kicks off in early March and focuses on innovations on reducing the carbon footprint of cement manufacturing, which is a huge source of carbon dioxide emissions globally.

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Telluride Foundation on a new three-event series, Healthy People, Healthy Planet. The first event in March is a panel discussion on the “Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector.” The panel will feature Plamen Atanassov, an expert on hydrogen fuel cells which can be utilized as clean energy to power larger vehicles like buses and trucks, as well as Iryna Zelynak, a material scientist who researches fuel cell technologies for the heavy-duty transportation sector, aviation, and shipping, as well as next-generation lithium-metal batteries with potential to decarbonize light-duty vehicles. Rounding out the panel is Chris Arndt, a local activist with a background in sustainability and finance and a passion for decarbonizing transportation. The talk will be moderated by Anne Andrews, a former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica and entrepreneur focused on sustainability and clean energy. The event is March 8, 4-6 pm at the home of Chris & Patty Arndt. We are extremely grateful to the Arndts for hosting the event.

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The entire Depot building is gutted and framing has begun in a few areas of the building. A new roof is being installed (between snow storms).

Renovations at the Depot are on track for a summer 2024 opening. Latest progress includes installing a new roof. When completed, the roof will be covered in 50-year, fire-resistant shingles. While we are making great progress, we still need to raise an additional $4.35M to transform this historic building into the state-of-the-art Telluride Science & Innovation Center. If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in supporting the Telluride Science & Innovation Center, please email Annie Carlson.



Professor & Howard Reiss Chair Physical Sciences


Prineha Narang, a regular attendee and organizer of Telluride Science workshops, is a force to be reckoned with. The energy contained in her lithe but uber-strong 5’8” frame could generate enough clean energy to power a small city. Pri, as her friends and colleagues call her, balances her career as Professor and Howard Reiss Chair in Physical Sciences at UCLA (where she leads the Narang Lab, an interdisciplinary group in quantum science and technology) with her passion for the outdoors. An avid hiker, climber, mountaineer, and triathlete (yes, she regularly does FULL Ironman triathlons) spends her very limited free time in the great outdoors.

Her presence is dynamic and does not go unnoticed. She recently caught the attention of the US State Department who selected Pri to be one of the seven distinguished scientists to serve as a U.S. Science Envoy. This group of scientists and engineers will leverage their expertise and networks to forge connections and identify opportunities for sustained international cooperation to advance solutions to shared challenges, to champion innovation, and to demonstrate America’s scientific leadership and technical ingenuity.

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How is Telluride Science different from other scientific conferences and what makes it unique?

Telluride draws the top people in their fields. When people are Telluride, they are very engaged. The ability to interact outside of the classroom in such an inspirational setting, on a hike or a walk on Main Street, creates a

unique environment for brainstorming and problem-solving that does not happen at typical scientific conferences. Telluride draws the right set of people. It's the right location. It’s the right amount of time and offers a good balance between presentations, open talks, and time to brainstorm out of the classroom.

Could you tell us more about what you will be doing as a U.S. Science Envoy?

I was selected as the inaugural envoy in quantum science and engineering, and I am truly honored. This speaks to the fact that quantum science and engineering is very important on a global scale and is a critical piece in solving some of the challenges facing our world today. Being a part of the envoy program is an amazing opportunity to make international collaborations in my field possible on behalf of my university and the broader scientific community. There is a need to set up these collaborations at the highest levels because we want to engage with as much of the scientific community across the world that is working on grand challenges and frontier topics.

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If you are interested in hosting a scientist for five or six nights at an affordable rate in your guest house, condo, or home this winter, summer, or fall, please email Annie Carlson.


Finding affordable lodging for our scientists is a big challenge. We are so grateful to the following people for offering to host a scientist:

  • Andi Alexander
  • Vadim Backman & Luisa Marcelino
  • Meg & Jay Bodnar
  • Miles & Nicole Cook
  • Sally Puff Courtney & Jim Harley
  • John & Sueanne Kim
  • Dave & Kelly Jemison 
  • Jim & Joanne Steinback


Many of the attendees of the March 2022 Telluride Science workshop on biomolecular condensates co-authored a perspective piece on the field that was recently published in the Journal of Molecular Biology.




New Approaches to Eliminating Cancer

by Dr. Vadim Backman

February 22, 4-6 PM

Nearly every family in the US has been affected by cancer. For centuries, cancer patients have had limited treatment options. Today, however, we are witnessing a revolution in our understanding of cancer and our ability to fight it. Dr. Vadim Backman, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Genetics and the Associate Director of the Cancer Center at Northwestern University, will talk about how new technologies are putting us on the brink of eliminating cancer as a major disease.


Email Annie for more information and location details by February 16.



February 16-19

Telluride Comedy Festival

February 19

Mountainfilm Winter Shorts

February 22

Innovation at Elevation Salon Talk:

New Approaches to Eliminating Cancer

February 23-25

Telluride Aids Benefit Fashion Show

Telluride Science ski dates are on pause until March. See you March 3rd for an informal ski session with Executive Director Mark Kozak.

Mark Your Calendars: Thursday, March 16, 5:30 pm. Best-selling science writer David Quammen will be at the Wilkinson Public Library for an in-person talk and book signing about his new book, Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus.

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