Our mission as a Department – to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions – touches Indian Country in many ways. Our Nation’s tribal communities are neighbors to the Department’s National Laboratories and sites, participants in energy programs, and producers and consumers of energy development and innovation. While Indian land comprises 5 percent of the United States, it contains an estimated 10 percent of all our energy resources.
Of the elite twenty teams that have been selected from across the country and around the world to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, four are Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), showcasing the talent of our nation's MSIs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Congratulations are in order to these MSIs - and their partners - for making it to the Solar Decathlon:
The Energy Department recently announced the first step toward manufacturing small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in the United States, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to advancing U.S. manufacturing leadership in low-carbon, next generation energy technologies and restarting the nation’s nuclear industry.
Last night, the President presented his vision for an economy that's built on American energy. The Energy Department took to Twitter to share his blueprint for an economy that's built to last - check out the @ENERGY and @EnergyPressSec tweets here and go to twitter.com/ENERGY to follow the full conversation.
Chicago Business has the scoop about Kawtar Hafidi, an Argonne National Laboratory nuclear physicist who just snagged the Association for Women in Science's 2011 Innovator Award for her research in the field of the color of quarks. Hafidi is one of many women in science who's changing the equation to accomplish the Department's mission. At Argonne, she leads their Women in Science and Technology (WIST) program, providing mentorship and resources for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Argonne.
The Small Business Administration has long worked in partnership with its fellow agencies to support small businesses across the country. Today they've announced yet another point of access for small businesses seeking to work with the federal government - apps. The brainchild of SBA's "Apps for Entrepreneurs Challenge," these apps can be downloaded straight to your smart phone or tablet device, and navigate their way through several websites at once to find the best resources for small businesses looking for grants, loans, or pathways to doing business with the federal government.