Washington D.C. — Leading the drive for inclusion and diversity in America's three trillion dollar energy industry is the charge of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity within the U.S. Department of Energy. The Director of the office is appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. It is the only office of its kind in the entire federal government.
James E. Campos, its current Director appointed by President Trump, is leading Equity in Energy on behalf of the Department of Energy.
IN THE ARMS OF T-REX: The extremely bright X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source, a giant synchrotron light source nearly a mile around, will give scientists an unprecedented look inside the arm bones of SUE, which is the largest and best-preserved T. rex skeleton ever found.
FIRST VIDEO GAME?: More than 50 years ago, before either arcades or home video games, visitors waited in line at Brookhaven National Laboratory to play “Tennis for Two,” an electronic tennis game that is unquestionably a forerunner of the modern video game.
THE ART OF FERMILAB: The interplay of art and science has been an essential part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab throughout its 50-year history. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the work of the legendary Angela Gonzales, the laboratory’s 11th employee and first and only full-time artist.
NUCLEAR PIONEERS: The technology for the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine was pioneered in the desert of Idaho. Today, the lab’s Advanced Test Reactor supports a wide variety of government and privately sponsored research.
MATERIALS MAGIC: Berkeley Lab’s Materials Project is using supercomputers to calculate the properties of every existing inorganic compound on Earth -- along with many more that don’t exist yet -- to spark a materials science revolution.
PLANETARY DEFENDERS: Asteroids headed for a collision with the Earth, if found early enough, can be acted upon to prevent the potentially devastating consequences of an impact. One way to do that? With a nuclear explosive.
WILDFIRE WIZARDRY: Understanding and predicting wildfire behavior is a difficult scientific problem, but Rod Linn’s team is tackling research that could save lives using Los Alamos supercomputing power.
FREEING REEs: Contrary to their name, Rare earth elements aren’t actually very rare, but they’re incredibly useful. Cell phones, computers, satellites -- all kinds of things use rare earth elements. And one place you can find them is in coal.
SUPER HEATING: NREL teamed with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Intel to develop the innovative warm-water, liquid-cooled Peregrine supercomputer, which not only operates efficiently but also serves as the primary source of building heat for NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility offices and laboratories.
POWERING SPACE EXPLORATION: For the first time in decades, Oak Ridge scientists are producing plutonium-238, a specialized radioactive fuel that will provide power for NASA and other missions into deep space.
SOUND OF SCIENCE: In the 1970s, PNNL invented a technique called optical digital recording that stores information as a track of dots about one micron in diameter. This innovation served as the critical design element for compact discs and DVDs.
A STAR ON EARTH: Fusion is created using plasma, the fourth element of matter, and it’s the process that powers the sun and the stars. PPPL is working to create and harness the power of a star right here on Earth.
ROBOT RODEO: Welcome to the annual Western National Robot Rodeo, a thrilling four-day event where civilian and military bomb squad teams get practice using robots to defuse diverse, dangerous situations.
VIRTUAL REACTOR: How do you decommission a Cold War-era production nuclear reactor that’s more than 60 years old? With virtual reality, Savannah River Lab scientists have found a powerful tool to help with this sensitive work.
Develop and cultivate relationships and resources to advance the next generation of STEM educated professionals.
Enhance the productivity of the energy sector supply chain by identifying areas where diversity can add meaningful value
Maximize the efficiency and vibrancy of the energy sector, which provides jobs to millions of Americans, and fuels our continued economic prosperity and security
Enhance and promote the efficient and sustainable production and delivery of energy, especially to vulnerable and under-served communities.
Provide practical hands-on workshops and seminars to assist businesses and individuals to gain access to the opportunities within the energy sector.
Equity in Energy aims to establish critical linkages to bridge the gap to ensure everyone can participate in the energy economy.
In under-served communities, there is often a disconnect when it comes to generating interest in entering the energy sector and then in the awareness and the ability to access the opportunities available.
St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission reaffirmed its approval for Enbridge's Line 3 Pipeline replacement project today. The Commission upheld the project's certificate of need, route permit and the project's environmental impact statement.
The Commission approved the project two years ago but was challenged in court. Another challenge is possible.
The new multi-billion-dollar Line 3 Replacement Program will comprise the newest and most advanced pipeline technology and support Canadian crude oil production growth. The Canadian component is set at $5.3 billion and $2.9 billion for the American component. The project plans to employ 4,200 workers beginning later in 2020 and will take two years to build.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, presumed presidential nominee for the Democrat Party, is vetting up to ten women to be his running mate. Although, mentioned occasionally by the media, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is the first Latina to be seriously considered for this position by the Party. However, several formidable women are being considered and we ask our readers to select their favorite candidate. The results will be reported on July 7.
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