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March 5, 2014
June 20, 2014 SEAB Meeting


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

9:15-9:30 AM
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.
Photo of the Week: Getting a Head Start for Women in STEM

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February 10, 2014
Illinois: High-Energy, Concentration-Gradient Cathode Material for Plug-in Hybrids and All-Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Batteries' Cost and Size

Batteries for electric drive vehicles and renewable energy storage will reduce petroleum usage, improving energy security and reducing harmful emissions.

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).

January 15, 2014
EIS-0460: Record of Decision

FutureGen 2.0 Project, Morgan County, Illinois

December 16, 2013
EA-1950: Draft Environmental Assessment

EA-1950: Grand Coulee-Creston Transmission Line Rebuild; Grant and Lincoln Counties, Washington

November 21, 2013
This week, the Energy Department's digital team has been focusing on the rivalry between two of history's most important energy-related engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison and Tesla's developments in electric power generation and distribution made possible many later breakthroughs. This 1951 photo shows a simple string of four 100-watt light bulbs powered by the first useful electricity ever produced by nuclear power, generated on December 20, 1951, by Argonne's Experimental Breeder Reactor 1. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Bright Ideas

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November 13, 2013
In 1958, Argonne National Laboratory began the construction of several zero-power reactors (ZPRs), which are nuclear fission reactors that don't actually generate any power. Scientists developed ZPRs to assess the performance of various reactor core configurations before actually building a full nuclear reactor. A series of ZPRs were built leading up to the construction of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II, a sodium-cooled fast reactor power plant. 
In this 1970 photo, an Argonne scientist is loading the matrices of the ZPR-VI reactor prior to its first operation using plutonium fuel. | Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.
Photo of the Week: The Sixth Zero Power Reactor

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November 1, 2013
EIS-0460: EPA Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement

FutureGen 2.0 Project, Morgan County, Illinois

October 25, 2013
EIS-0460: Final Environmental Impact Statement

FutureGen 2.0 Project, Morgan County, Illinois