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Published by Dr. Jeffrey Salmon
OSTI’s Cool Roof

 

The Office of Science occupies many buildings around the country, but it owns only two of them.  One of them is making some news. The 134,629 sq. ft. (about 3 acres) roof of  the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) building in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is now officially a Cool Roof, that is, it’s energy efficient in ways that darker roofs are not.  Cool roofs are light in color, so reflect rather than absorb sunlight.  Oak Ridge gets lots of sunlight.  The previous roof was black, but worse, it was leaky and those leaks, controlled for years in some very innovative ways by the OSTI staff, were going to cause significant problems if not addressed.  OSTI needed to invest in a new roof to ensure employee safety, protect the structural integrity of the largest federal office building managed by the Office of Science and safeguard its databases and historical collection of scientific and technical information documents, some of which date back to the Manhattan Project and which exist nowhere else. 

[Detail of OSTI's "before" roof]

Published by Kate Bannan
ScienceEducation.gov

 

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.

Published by Kate Bannan
National Chemistry Week

 

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.

 

The Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Energy Biosciences Division (CSGB) in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science supports chemistry. CSGB is also involved in DOE’s exciting new Energy Frontier Research Centers and Innovation Hubs. DOE funds approximately 20% of fedderally-funded chemistry research and is the largest source of funding for chemical engineering, sponsoring 40% of all federally funded research in that field in 2007.  Over the years, 26 researchers associated with DOE have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work.

Published by Karen Spence

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.

Published by Doug Bales
Mobile Web

Ever wonder what innovations OSTI is developing to keep you informed while you are on the go? No need to ever wonder while you wander.

Now you can get DOE R&D full-text reports, OSTI news, videos and more while you’re on the move.

The new OSTI.gov mobile web page allows you to:
• Get full-text DOE R&D from Information Bridge 
• Read the latest news in our RSS feed (see image);
• View our YouTube videos;
• Read our award-winning blog
• Visit us on Facebook and Twitter

Visit http://m.osti.gov/ to test drive or take it on the road with your mobile device.

Doug Bales
OSTI