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June 18, 2014
Katherine Riley manages a team of computational scientists at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
Women @ Energy: Katherine Riley

"Computational science is an immensely powerful tool. Proving high performance computing power for the best computational science work in the world is inherently exciting. We engage these researchers and collaborate on all aspects of solving high impact science problems with novel, forward-looking methods on the most advanced computing hardware."

June 18, 2014
Computer scientist Sreeranjani (Jini) Ramprakash says she became hooked on computers in childhood. Her team at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility helps scientists worldwide use the facility’s supercomputers.
Women @ Energy: Sreeranjani (Jini) Ramprakash

"Don't let the quest for perfection prevent you from entering STEM fields. You do not have to be tough as nails to be in computer science or engineering. You don’t need to know all the answers, either. Initiative is the key to success."

June 18, 2014
Argonne internet project manager Pam Richmond designs websites and e-learning to support programs in environmental remediation.
Women @ Energy: Pam Richmond

"I think we need to encourage failure, not for the sake of failure, but to discover how to learn from it and succeed in spite of it. So many people don’t take a chance because they think they won’t succeed. I think we also need to show that STEM careers can be very rewarding in many ways."

June 18, 2014
Metallurgical and Materials Engineer Ozgenur “Ozge” Kahvecioglu Feridun works on scaling advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries at Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility.
Women @ Energy: Ozgenur Kahvecioglu Feridun

"Diversity in background always helps. No matter what you end up doing, a diverse set of skills will provide you with the ability to approach problems in novel ways that perhaps help you find a solution more quickly."

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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February 10, 2014
EERE Success Story—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).