Cathey Daniels, (865) 576-9539

August 27, 2007

Accelerating Science Discovery: From the '40s to the Future

Oak Ridge, TN — It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI, was born.

On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary.

The public is invited to share in OSTI's celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE. Dr. Eugene Garfield will present "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy." Dr. Garfield is a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index. He is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

The Friends of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is co-sponsoring the lecture with OSTI. The reception following the lecture is hosted by Information International Associates, Inc., NCI Information Systems, Inc., and Deep Web Technologies.

As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is also participating in the museum's Places & Spaces Mapping Science exhibit ( OSTI's Mapping Astrophysics from DOE R&D Results will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI's display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge (

OSTI's mission is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the American people. OSTI is located in Oak Ridge at 1 Way.

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