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November 28, 2012
Hanford Site Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month with Educational Workshops

*Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in the Office of Environmental Management's EM Update, Volume 4, Issue 11, November 2012.

November 20, 2012
Inaugural C3E Symposium Fosters Collaborative Discussions and Celebrates Achievements

The C3E initiative is a network of national-level actions that strive to increase women’s participation in clean energy careers worldwide. Learn more here about the Inaugural Women in Clean Energy Symposium, held with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this September.

November 20, 2012
The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) -- currently the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the Eastern United States -- generates enough renewable energy to power approximately 4,500 homes. LISF is located at Brookhaven National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Opportunities for Minority Students in the Solar Industry

Solar industry jobs are increasing along with the rapidly expanding solar industry. As reported this month by the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census, jobs in the industry are increasing by 13.2 percent annually, six times faster than the overall job market.

November 15, 2012
Students and faculty participating in AIREI gather at the one-week Energy Summer Institute, held at NREL last summer.
Celebrating our work with Native American Students in STEM During National Native American Heritage Month

Throughout November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month as a country, honoring the first people who lived in the United States and the ways that American Indians and Alaska Natives enrich our Nation. 

November 9, 2012
Franklin High School students working on their online map of gas and charging stations. | Photo courtesy Dayana Bustamante
Students Innovate to Address Gas Shortages Following Hurricane Sandy

The Energy Department is working closely with other federal partners, state and local authorities, and private industry partners to get generators and fuel to gas stations that need it.

November 7, 2012
(From Left) Stuart Harris, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Director of the Department of Science and Engineering, Dave Huizenga, Senior Advisor for the Office of Environmental Management, and Tracey LeBeau, Director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the groundbreaking of a field station in Oregon.
Helping STEM Education Take Root: Breaking Ground on a Field Station in Indian Country

Improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States can provide a path forward for national defense, economic prosperity and international competitiveness.  Looking to the future, the Office of Environmental Management is partnering with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to help STEM education take root in the Pacific Northwest.

October 15, 2012 Try

If you laid out 200 million pieces of paper in a line, you’d travel the length of 508,000 football fields – which may give you some sense of the vastness of the amount of content that was translated into Spanish from this week.

The 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information can now be accessed on, home of the Spanish version of research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies, 55 scientific databases, and 2,100 scientific websites.

October 12, 2012
NNSA Awards $4M for STEM Education, Launches New Partnership with HBCUs

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has awarded $4 million in grants to 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and six Department of Energy sites in key Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. This funding launches NNSA’s new Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program, a consortium program organized to build a sustainable STEM pipeline between Energy Department plants and laboratories and HBCUs.

October 10, 2012
Dr. Karina Edmonds, the Department's Technology Transfer Director, speaks with Joan Michelson of Green Connections Radio about women in STEM last July. This week she is receiving a Career Achievement Award from Women of Color Magazine.
Hispanic Heritage Month - Honoring a Heritage and Individual Success

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 - October 15, honoring the generations of Hispanics who have shaped and strengthened the fabric of our Nation. The tradition of observing Hispanic Heritage as a federal government and as a nation was started in 1968, under President Lyndon Johnson. Twenty-two years later it was expanded from a week of observance to a full month.

October 9, 2012
Third Annual Science Alliance Takes Place in Ohio

Students from across Ohio joined Energy Department staff for a hands-on learning experience at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.