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


The holiday season in Telluride officially kicks off tomorrow with Noel Night, a festive evening with holiday cheer and discounts at the shops and boutiques in town.


Snow is in the forecast for the next two weeks, which is perfect timing for our new Ski Sessions with Telluride Science. These informal ski dates (more details below) will be a great way to get some fresh air, make some turns, and catch up on the chairlift. 


We have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Renovations are underway at the Depot. The crews have been working on demolition of the bottom level, which will see the biggest transformation. The lower level is currently very disjointed and divided into smaller rooms. This level will be transformed into one large classroom/flex space with lots of natural light from the Solarium. A catering kitchen will also be installed in the lower level, making the Depot a very attractive rental option for community events and meetings.


'Tis the season for giving, so please consider Telluride Science in your year-end giving plans.

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Renovations at the Depot are underway but our work is not done. We need to raise an additional $4.5M to transform a 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.


Gabe and his Dad, Peter Waldor, at a Town Talk this summer.

Sixteen year-old Gabe Waldor is not at the height of his career but at the very beginning. With his intelligence, passion, and love of science, Gabe could very likely be making headlines in the future as a scientist and innovator in climate sustainability. Gabe recently interned with a regular attendee of Telluride Science workshops, Dr. Leo Liu, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Utah State University. Gabe worked alongside Dr. Liu in the lab on developing redox flow batteries that will help address global energy challenges.

“Harnessing renewable energy in an effective and efficient manner is a daunting but meaningful task for scientists and engineers. Training the next generation not only drives society toward this goal, but also creates opportunities to solve other problems such as environmental pollution and food shortage,” said Liu. "It was a wonderful experience to have Gabe working in my lab. He is a diligent, sweet, smart boy, and was one our most productive junior internship student researchers in my group.”

Gabe in the battery lab at Utah State University during his summer internship.

Gabe, a lover of science since the age of two, wants to major in chemistry, engineering, and climate sustainability to obtain a multidisciplinary perspective that will help him solve some of our world’s grand challenges. He is especially interested in reducing the amount of plastics through bioremediation by using special types of engineered cells or mushrooms to eat away plastics.


Gabe is such an advocate of Telluride Science that he donated his Bar Mitzvah money to the organization. “We moved to Telluride not knowing there would be an organization that every year brings leading scientists together from all across the world. This was such a wonderful surprise. When you get a Nobel Laureate speaking at a Town Talk, that is incredible!” exclaims Gabe.

Now more than ever, the world needs budding scientists like Gabe. Keep an eye out for him, as he just might join the ranks of the five other Nobel Laureates associated with Telluride Science.

Check out the Q & A with Gabe.

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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 or next summer, 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


Dr. Horia Metu, Professor of Chemistry at UCSB believes Telluride Science workshops are better than any other scientific conferences or meetings




Join us every Friday for an informal ski date with Executive Director Mark Kozak. Many know Mark as the face of Telluride Science, but he also has an extensive background in skiing.

Prior to his time in Telluride, Mark was an instructor for the American Avalanche Association, member of Jackson Hole Ski Patrol, a heliski guide and snow safety director in Alaska. Mark truly enjoys skiing and sharing tips. Join us every Friday to make some turns for an hour or so. This will be a very casual and informal ski date. 

If you know that you will be skiing with us, please text Annie at 970-729-0713 or email on Friday morning by 10 am. 

The first ski date will be Friday, December 16. Meet at 11 am at the sun dial next to Tomboy Tavern in Mountain Village. Look for Mark who will be wearing a dark blue jacket and pants with a gray helmet.


December 7

Noel Night

December 9 & 11

Telluride Choral Society

December 10-11

Mountain Village Prelude

December 16

Telluride Science Ski Date

December 23

Telluride Science Ski Date

December 30

Telluride Science Ski Date

December 24

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

December 31

New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade

Telluride Inside & Out has a robust event calendar with an abundance of information on events and things to do in Telluride and Mountain Village.

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