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Leah Guzowski Talks About Rethinking Energy at TEDxNaperville

Leah Guzowski is an energy policy scientist in the Decision and Information Sciences division at Argonne, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. She currently leads the Argonne's multidisciplinary Energy Security team creating innovative, integrated systems approaches to inform global energy security solutions that are affordable, reliable, safe, sufficient and sustainable. Watch the video of Guzowski's TEDxNaperville talk on "Rethinking Energy."

Einstein's Letter, Chicago Pile 1, and the Dawn of the Atomic Age

On August 2, 1939, Albert Einstein signed a highly sensitive letter addressed to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The most famous scientist in the world, Einstein spoke for fellow physicists Leo Szilard, Edward Teller, Eugene Wigner, and others who feared Nazi plans to develop an atomic bomb. Read the story.

Argonne Partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to Study Chicago River Microbe Population

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial communities in Chicago-area waterways. For the MWRD-sponsored project, Argonne scientists will analyze samples taken monthly from the Chicago River during the recreational season — between March and November — and run them through a DNA sequencer to identify and count the microbes in the river. Read more.

Macal Named 2013 Recipient of Wolfram Innovator Award

Wolfram Research has named Charles "Chick" Macal of Argonne's Decision and Information Sciences division as one of the 2013 recipients of the Wolfram Innovator Award. Macal is Director of the Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation at Argonne National Laboratory. Read the story.

Pixelligent Technologies Working with Argonne to Develop Nanoadditives for Use in Lubricants

Pixelligent Technologies has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant by the Department of Energy (DOE). Under the grant, Pixelligent will work with a team of leading tribology experts including Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, with support from Afton Chemical, a leading lubricant additive company. Read more.

The Security Fallacy: Seven Myths About Physical Security

The high-tech access control device was secure, sophisticated, and complex; it was intended to protect nuclear materials and other important assets. But security experts at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory defeated it with parts from a Bic pen. Read the story.

IAEA Coordinates Research on Fast Reactor Safety Features

Experts from 11 member states participating in an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project have presented first results from their simulation and modeling work on how well sodium-cooled fast reactors would withstand a severe accident. Read more.

First Nuclear Test in History

The Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum" program visited Argonne National Laboratory's nuclear exhibit recently to help tell the story of how Enrico Fermi and his team of scientists created the world's first self-sustaining nuclear reaction in 1942 on the campus of the University of Chicago. Watch the video.

What is EcoCAR 3?

EcoCar 3 is the U.S. Department of Energy's new collegiate Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. Find out what it's all about. Watch the video.

Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources (WATER) Tool Released

September 17, 2013 -- Argonne National Laboratory recently released an open access online tool called WATER (Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources), which quantifies water footprint of fuel production stages from feedstock production to conversion process for biofuel with county, state, and regional level spatial resolution. Learn more.

Cristina Negri Talks About Creating Sustainable Urban Landscapes

September 13, 2013 -- Cristina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory agronomist and senior fellow of the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute, has spent much of her career looking at how plants can restore polluted soils and waterways over time. Working in collaboration with Argonne, the University of Chicago, and recently with professor Ehud Meron of Israel's Ben Gurion University, Negri is examining several ways to make urban environments safer, healthier and more enjoyable. Read the story.

Dileep Singh to Receive Prestigious Lee Hsun Award

September 9, 2013 -- Dr. Dileep Singh Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, has been selected to receive the 2013 Lee Hsun Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences-Institute of Metals Research, Shenyang, China. Read more.

Ask Argonne - Dave Grabaskas, Nuclear Engineer, Part 1

August 22, 2013 -- Dr. Dave Grabaskas, Nuclear Engineer at Argonne, takes a lighthearted look at the Lab's Nuclear Engineering Program, and asks for questions that will be answered in future videos. Watch the video.

Kirsten Lauren-Kovitz Receives 2013 Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society

August 16, 2013 -- Dr. Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz, manager of Argonne's Technical Nonproliferation Policy Support Program, has been honored by the American Nuclear Society with the 2013 Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award in recognition of her great efforts to advance national and international nonproliferation objectives. Read more.

Chicago Lakeside Development to Benefit from Computation-Enabled Design

August 13, 2013 -- Rapid urbanization around the world is leading to the construction of real estate developments at a scale and pace far beyond human experience. Among these efforts is Chicago Lakeside Development, a 600-acre development on the coast of Lake Michigan on the city's South Side that will eventually be home to 50,000 people and millions of square feet of retail, commercial and public space. Planning for Chicago Lakeside will necessitate augmenting traditional tools with data and scientific computation, allowing developers to model the complex interplay between energy, waste and water infrastructures. To address this need, a collaboration between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, the Computation Institute, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and McCaffery Interests will develop a prototype computational framework for Chicago Lakeside Development, called LakeSim. Read the story.

Argonne Battery Research Featured in CBS News Video

July 29, 2013 -- Argonne Battery Researchers Christopher Johnson, Michael Thackeray and Jeffrey Chamberlain were featured in a CBS News video about "Powering the Future." Watch the video.

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Famed Climate Change Scientist Jim Hansen Shares His Viewpoint on Nuclear Energy

July 22, 2013 -- Take a look at this fascinating interview with Jim Hansen, the former head of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Watch the video.

Amine, Wang and Elgowainy Honored by DOE for Innovative Vehicle Research

July 10, 2013 -- Argonne Distinguished Fellow Khalil Amine (Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division [CSE]), Senior Scientist Michael Wang (Energy Systems Division [ES]) and Principal Energy Systems Analyst Amgad Elgowainy (ES) were recently recognized by the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO). Read more.

Roger Blomquist Talks to CNET about Chicago Pile-1

July 3, 2013 -- Roger Blomquist of Argonne's Nuclear Engineering Division spoke with CNET's Daniel Terdiman about the history of Chicago Pile-1 and the dawn of the nuclear age. Read more.

Don Hillebrand Discusses the Future of Transportation

June 27, 2013 -- Don Hillebrand, Director of Argonne's Energy Systems division, spoke about "The Future of Transportation" in a recent Argonne OutLoud lecture. Watch the video.

Ann Schlenker Participates in Consumers Union Panel

June 13, 2013 -- Ann Schlenker, Director of Argonne's Center for Transportation Research, served as a panelist in the Consumers Union event "Fuel Economy: Now in the Future." Read more.

Ali Erdemir Joins STLE Executive Committee

May 27, 2013 -- Argonne Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir has been elected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), beginning his one-year term on May 5. Read the story.

White House Women's Leadership Summit on Climate and Energy recognizes Argonne scientists

May 23, 2013 -- Three Argonne researchers – Robin Graham, Leah Guzowski and Ann Schlenker – are part of a select group of women experts being recognized by The White House Women's Leadership Summit on Climate and Energy. Read the story.

AVTCs Celebrate 25 Years

May 22, 2013 -- For more than 25 years, the U.S. Department of Energy has sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the North American auto industry. Read the story.

Meet Leah Guzowski

May 10, 2013 -- As an energy policy scientist at Argonne, Leah Guzowski applies a systems perspective in support of two core areas of the lab's mission: energy and national security. Read the story

Argonne, UChicago and Ben-Gurion Water Partnership

May 1, 2013 -- The University of Chicago (UC) and Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a research partnership in discovering and creating new water purification, procurement and production technologies. Read the story

Al Sattelberger to lead DOE Fuel Cycle R&D Subcommittee

April 29, 2013 -- Al Sattelberger, Argonne's Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis (EESA), has been appointed as the chair for the Fuel Cycle R&D Subcommittee of the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory (NEAC) Committee. Read the story

Graphene layers reduce wear and friction on sliding steel surfaces

April 25, 2013 -- Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory discovered that they could substitute one-atom-thick graphene layers for oil-based lubricants on sliding steel surfaces, enabling a dramatic reduction in the amount of wear and friction. Read the story.

Meet J'Tia Taylor

April 25, 2013 -- Argonne's J'Tia Taylor analyzes emerging nuclear technologies to assess their nonproliferation implications. Read the story.

Yung Liu Wins RFID Award

April 24, 2013 -- AIM, the industry association and worldwide authority on bar code, RFID, RTLS and mobile computing, has selected Argonne National Laboratory to receive the 2013 Active RFID Award. Read the story.

Women @ Energy: Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz

April 22, 2013 -- Dr. Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz has nearly twenty years of experience in nuclear reactor analysis, nuclear material safeguards and nuclear nonproliferation. Read the story.

Women @ Energy: J'Tia Taylor

April 11, 2013 -- J'Tia Taylor currently works as a Technical Nonproliferation Specialist in the National Security Department at Argonne National Laboratory assessing proliferation concerns associated with nuclear technology to support the interpretation and creation of United States policy. Read the story.

The Spirit of Innovation

April 10, 2013 -- A key to America's rise as a nation was the ingenuity and boldness its citizens showed when faced with challenges. President Obama is calling on us to continue that tradition when it comes to our energy future. Watch the video.

Where Are They Now Update: Henning Lohse-Busch

March 27, 2013 -- Henning Lohse-Busch, a Research Engineer at Argonne's Advance Powertrain Research Facility, talks about his experience as an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) alumnus. Watch the video.

Meet Ann Schlenker, Director of the Center for Transportation Research

March 20, 2013 -- Ann Schlenker, Director of Argonne's Center for Transportation Research, talks about advanced vehicle research and mentoring. Watch the video.

President calls for new Energy Security Trust during Argonne visit

March 15, 2013 -- President Barack Obama announced a major energy proposal during a visit to Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, March 15. Read the story.

Argonne's Hussein Khalil quoted in ANS news release supporting SMRs

March 1, 2013 -- Hussein Khalil, director of the NE Division at Argonne National Laboratory, is quoted in an American Nuclear Society news release supporting small modular reactor research. Read the story.

Argonne and CalBattery strike deal for silicon-graphene anode material

February 25, 2013 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, located outside of Chicago, and California Lithium Battery, Inc. (CalBattery), a Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator portfolio company, announced today that they have signed a licensing agreement for an Argonne-developed, silicon-graphene composite anode material for high-energy lithium batteries. Read the story.

Johnston, Warner receive award for VAT

February 13, 2013 -- Argonne Nuclear Engineering Division researchers Roger Johnston and Jon Warner have received the 2013 CSO40 Award from CSO (Chief Security Officer)Magazine for outstanding business value and security thought leadership in their work with Argonne’s Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT). Read the story.

High-Performance Computing Enables Huge Leap Forward in Engine Development

January 29, 2013 -- When we turn the key in our car's ignition, we usually don't think about the combustion process that takes place inside the engine that enables the car to go. We just know that it works. Read the story.

Nanoscale 'Goldilocks' phenomenon could improve biofuel production

January 15, 2013 -- Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have discovered a new path to the development of more stable and efficient catalysts. Read the story.

Donald G. Hillebrand Elected SAE International President

January 10, 2013 -- SAE International's voting membership elected Donald G. Hillebrand, PhD, as its President. Dr. Hillebrand is Director of Argonne National Laboratory's Energy Systems Division. Read the story.

Forrest Jehlik answers transportation questions on Facebook

January 8, 2013 -- Forrest Jehlik participated in a live Facebook chat to discuss different aspects of vehicle technology. View the chat.

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