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July 9, 2014
At Argonne National Laboratory, computational biologist Nicole M. Scott studies the relationship between patterns of microbes and diseases or environmental contaminants.
Women @ Energy: Nicole Scott

"I think people should see STEM as the best thing they could do for themselves. For one thing, even in the current economic climate, jobs are available. Second, STEM careers create value. What’s more, STEM jobs offer good salaries, and give women independence and freedom to pursue the lives they want."

July 3, 2014
June 20, 2014 SEAB Meeting

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board met at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Il.

June 27, 2014
Yuki Hamada has more than 10 years of experience in remote sensing and geospatial information technologies with a focus on terrestrial ecosystem sciences.
Women @ Energy: Yuki Hamada

"If my parents and I had not been fortunate enough to have our collective eyes opened to all of the opportunities available in higher education, I would not be working as a scientist at a national lab today. I am living proof that it is important, as a society, to encourage anyone from any walk of life who has the will and determination to pursue their chosen field of study to the highest level possible."

June 20, 2014
Energy Department Invests $3.2 Million to Support Clean Energy Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Secretary Moniz today announced $3.2 million to launch the National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy, which will create a national support network to serve the clean energy small business and entrepreneur community, providing critical technical assistance and training services in order to bring these businesses and entrepreneurs closer to market readiness.

June 19, 2014
Energy Secretary Moniz Announces New Energy Initiative and Joins Congressman Bobby Rush for Minorities in Energy Roundtable

Join Secretary Moniz and Congressman Bobby Rush, Ambassador in the Minorities in Energy Initiative, on Friday June 20, 2014 at the Wrightwood-Ashburn Library in Chicago to discuss needs of underrepresented communities in energy.

June 6, 2014
Chemical engineer Jennifer B. Dunn is an active supporter of women interested in entering STEM fields. An avid nature lover and environmentalist, she leads the Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Team at Argonne National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Jennifer B. Dunn

"My work requires a technical background and also relies heavily on communication and collaboration skills, which many women have in spades and enjoy using. My advice to young women interested in a STEM career: stay well-rounded!"

April 4, 2014
On Feb. 18, 2014, Argonne hosted its 19th annual regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at the Chicago Children's Museum. This year, the competition called on teams to build a complex machine that took at least 20 steps to zip a zipper. Pictured here are students from Reavis High School of Burbank, Illinois, who defeated nine other teams in the contest with their Super Mario-themed Rube Goldberg machine.

By winning Argonne's contest, these students will compete in the National High School Rube Goldberg Machine Championship this weekend, on Saturday, April 5, at Waukesha Country Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/sets/72157642213177065#" target="_blank">View more photos from the competition here<a/>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
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March 5, 2014
June 20, 2014 SEAB Meeting

AGENDA

8:30-9:15 AM
Welcome & Response to March 2014 SEAB Reports
Secretary Ernest J. Moniz

9:15-9:30 AM
Comments
SEAB Co-Chairs John Deutch and Persis Drell

9:30-10:00 AM;
Updates from SEAB Task Force Chairs
Shirley Jackson/Michael McQuade
Albert Carnesale
Richard Meserve
John Deutch

10:00-10:45 AM
Light Sources Overview (download)
Patricia Dehmer, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

February 28, 2014
 Last week, 79 Chicago-area high school students visited the Energy Department's Argonne National Lab for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," an educational outreach program designed to give 8th-grade girls an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 
While at the Lab, the girls participated in tours to explore different aspects of the Lab's work -- from learning about the organisms that live in soil to floating small objects in mid-air with an acoustic levitator. In the afternoon, the girls were given a car chassis with a motor and challenged to figure out the types of wheels and pulleys needed to build a battery operated transmission. At an engineering expo, the girls were able to learn about the inner workings of various scientific concepts -- from tornadoes to magnets and beyond. Throughout the day, the girls heard from scientists in a number of fields, including keynote speaker Joanne Manaster, a faculty lecturer in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

In the photo above, two students work with an Argonne National Lab scientist to complete the "Automotive Tycoon" challenge. | Photo courtesy of Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory.
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January 15, 2014
Record of Decision Issued for the FutureGen 2.0 Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to provide financial assistance to the FutureGen Industrial Alliance (the Alliance) for the FutureGen 2.0 Project. DOE will provide approximately $1 billion of in cost-shared funding (the majority of which was appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) through cooperative agreements with the Alliance, as described in DOE's Record of Decision (ROD).