OSTIblog Articles in the Science Communications Topic

OSTI’s Committee of Visitors, An Update

by Dr. Jeffrey Salmon 23 May, 2011 in Science Communications

"The unexamined life is not worth living."  So says Plato's Socrates in the Apology.   His self-examination led to extreme humility (or to an extreme irony) when Socrates confessed to his accusers that the only knowledge he had was knowledge of his own ignorance.  No one we know of came away from a Socratic cross-examination in one piece, but they would at least have known their own limits.  And in knowing their limits, or their ignorance, they would somehow be better.

Related Topics: CoV, Digitize Legacy Collection, DOE STI, metrics, Scientific and Technical Information Program Website


Clean Energy to Out-Innovate the Rest of the World

by Kate Bannan 12 May, 2011 in Science Communications

President Obama recently visited a clean energy company that manufactures hybrid vehicle transmission technology, and spoke about his long term plan to protect consumers against rising oil prices and decrease oil imports while ensuring a cleaner, safer and more secure energy future for our country.  The President saidthat investments in a clean energy economy are the only solution to high gas prices in the long term.

Related Topics: clean energy, DOE Green Energy, obama


Department of Energy Releases 2011 Strategic Plan

by Kate Bannan 10 May, 2011 in Science Communications

Plan lays out the Department’s leadership role in transforming the energy economy through investments in research, development of new technologies and deployment of innovative approaches


DOE recently released its 2011 Department of Energy Strategic Plan, which outlines the broad, cross-cutting and collaborative goals, and will serve as a blueprint for DOE to help address the nation’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

Related Topics: clean energy, nuclear security, Science Accelerator, Strategic Plan


Join OSTI for Earth Week

by Kate Bannan 15 Apr, 2011 in Science Communications
Banner with DOE letters and bright green theme

Forrestal:  April 18-22

Germantown:  April 25-29

The U.S. Department of Energy will be celebrating Earth Week April 18-22 in the Forrestal Building and April 25-29 in Germantown. 

Many of the program offices, including the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will have displays, plus there will be activities such as environmental films, green bag lunches, speakers, nature walks and talks, tree plantings, Bring Sons and Daughters to Work Day activities, farmers marketand community days.  The Earth Week activities are sure to be fun, and to see how the Department is “Changing Behavior to Reduce DOE’s Carbon Footprint.”

Related Topics: bioenergy, DOE Green Energy, Earth, geothermal, green energy


Strengthening America’s Energy Security

by Kate Bannan 06 Apr, 2011 in Science Communications

Energy continues to be much in the news these days; rising gas prices affect all Americans – families feel the pinch at the pump, and businesses and farmers see the increased costs impact their bottom line.

Related Topics: America, energy, Science Accelerator


Celebrate National Engineers’ Week 2011 – February 20-26, 2011

by Dr. Walt Warnick 17 Feb, 2011 in Science Communications

The celebration of National Engineers’ Week started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers.  The week occurs in February, in conjunction with President George Washington's Birthday; our first President is considered by many engineers to be the nation's first engineer because of his survey work.

Related Topics: Engineers, Science Accelerator


Join OSTI at the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 17-21

by Dr. Walt Warnick 01 Feb, 2011 in Science Communications
Picture showing progression of federated search tools

 The Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will be at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2011 Annual Meeting. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Science without Borders.”

OSTI will have a booth (#201 floor plan) at the meeting. Our central theme is “Ensuring Global Science Access.” 

Related Topics: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Accelerator, Science.gov, ScienceEducation.gov, WorldWideScience.org (WWS)



by Kate Bannan 19 Oct, 2010 in Science Communications

You need information about the environment, or physics, or chemistry, or the earth and don't know where to go. You want the information quickly, and from an authoritative source.  No problem.


Related Topics: ERIC, nasa, NOAA, NSDL, osti, USGS


Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2010 – October 17-23

by Kate Bannan 15 Oct, 2010 in Science Communications

Chemistry has made countless contributions to enhancing modern life by making it more comfortable, safe and prosperous.

Chemistry is a physical science that studies atoms, molecules, crystals and other aggregates of matter.  Understanding the basic properties of matter and learning how to predict and explain changes are what chemistry and chemists are all about.  Chemistry can be very specialized, dealing with the composition, behavior, structure and properties of matter, as well as changes that occur during chemical reactions.

Related Topics: Chemical Sciences Geosciences and Energy Biosciences Division, Chemistry, CSGB, Science Accelerator


DOE Connects with Higher Education Community

by Karen Spence 16 Sep, 2010 in Science Communications

When you think of the U.S. Department of Energy  (DOE), what do you think of?  The national laboratories?  DOE’s leadership role in reliable, clean and affordable energy?  Scientific discovery and innovation?  Nuclear security?  DOE has a role in all of these things, and more.  Now, do you think about DOE’s connection with higher education?  Probably not, but we want to change that. 

EDUconnections is a year old project, and through it we celebrate our university partners, spotlighting a different higher education institution every month.

Related Topics: .EDUconnections, education, MSU