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October 21, 2011
The Savannah River Site Recovery Act Program workforce stands in front of the P Reactor, which was deactivated and decommissioned as one of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects across America. |  Photo courtesy of the Office of Environmental Management.
Celebrating Successes of Environmental Management Recovery Act Projects

The Office of Environmental Management marked a milestone at the end of last month as they completed 84 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects across America.

October 20, 2011
President Barack Obama greets the 2010 PECASE recipients in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 14, 2011.  | Courtesy of the White House Photo Office
Celebrating Achievement and Potential at the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Thirteen winners were recently announced — 11 supported by the Energy Department’s Office of Science and two supported by the Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

October 17, 2011
LiveChat Thurs, 10/20, 2pm ET: Clean Tech Markets

Please join Richard Kauffman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, for a live discussion about the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy innovation and deployment.

October 17, 2011
An illustration of the 2011 Chevy Volt, whose lithium-ion battery is based on technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory. | Image courtesy of General Motors.
From the Lab to the Showroom: How the Electric Car Came to Life

In the U.S., businesses tend to invest in research that will pay off in the short term. National laboratories are filling a gap by conducting the essential research that will change the game 10 to 20 years down the road. Learn more about how years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors led to battery technology that made electric cars possible.

October 14, 2011
Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric’s PrimeStar in Arvada, Colorado | Image courtesy of <a href="http://edelman.com/">Edelman</a>.
Another SunShot Success: GE to Make PrimeStar Solar Panels at New Colorado Plant

General Electric (GE) announced that it will build a new thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar panel manufacturing facility based on innovative technology originally developed at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
GE expects that the plant will produce enough solar panels annually to provide electricity to 80,000 homes and to create 355 jobs in Colorado over the next three to five years.

October 13, 2011
Combined Federal Campaign Opening Event Hits a High Note

Energy Department Combined Federal Campaign organizers hope to raise $1.5 million this year to aid local, national and international charities.

October 7, 2011
SunShot Initiative Researcher Wins National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Last week, President Obama recognized Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, who is currently a researcher with the Department's SunShot Initiative, with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

October 6, 2011
Dr. Saul Perlmutter, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It was this team along with the High-z Supernova Search Team which found evidence of the accelerating expansion of the universe.
National Lab Scientists Win Nobel Recognition

This week, Secretary Chu congratulated two scientists for their trailblazing work: Dr. Saul Perlmutter in the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who was recently named the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Daniel Shechtman, who is currently an associate scientist at the Energy Department's Ames Laboratory, for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery of quasicrystals.”

September 29, 2011
Volunteer Alison Mize demonstrates how to build an electrical circuit using a string of lights and battery at the Vehicle Technologies Program booth at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. | DOE photo, courtesy of April Saylor
2011 Solar Decathlon – The Volunteer's Perspective

The Solar Village has been open to the public on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park for seven days now, which means the 2011 Solar Decathlon is fully underway.

September 22, 2011
Bill Picciano tells us about his job at the Energy Department's Savanna River Site. | DOE Photo
Two Years Later: Bill Picciano of DOE's Savannah River Site

We checked back in with Bill Picciano, who we last spoke to in October 2009 after he'd recently been hired at the Savannah River Site (SRS) through the Recovery Act. Now he's permanently employed at the Site as an Associate Engineer/Technical Support Specialist - a job he's proud to have.