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In high school, Tavis Reed earned an ACT-SO gold medal for devising a technique, now patent pending, that efficiently produces ethanol. Reed has explored a wide range of research fields, from microbes to batteries, via Argonne’s Student Research Participation Program. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Stairway to science

The ACT-SO program launches high school student on path to Argonne’s student research program, a provisional patent and the pursuit of degree at Washington University in St. Louis.

October 2, 2017
Argonne and the University of Chicago partnered to help these Chicago high school students study different kinds of alternative energy. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
After-school energy rush

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory partnered with the University of Chicago to sponsor “All About Energy,” a six-week program that gives Chicago public high school students an up-close look at careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a chance to learn what it means to be a scientist.

September 28, 2017
This shows the HACC cosmology simulation, which combines high spatial and temporal resolution in a large cosmological volume. The high temporal resolution tracks the evolution of structures in great detail and correlates formation histories to the environments in which the structures form. (Image courtesy of Silvio Rizzi and Joe Insley/Argonne Leadership Computing Facility/Argonne National Laboratory.)
Cartography of the cosmos

There are hundreds of billions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, interspersed with all manner of matter, from the dark to the sublime. This is the universe that Argonne researcher Salman Habib is trying to reconstruct, structure by structure, combining telescope surveys with next-generation data analysis and simulation techniques currently being primed for exascale computing.

September 25, 2017
This summer, NAISE offered its inaugural summer research program at Argonne for 12 Northwestern undergraduate science and engineering majors. Here, Jordan Fleming examines a sensor from Argonne’s Array of Things project, while Ethan Trokie and Renee Zha work in the background. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Sensing their way to the future

The Northwestern Institute of Science and Engineering this summer offered its inaugural summer research program for 12 undergraduate science and engineering majors. During the 10-week program, the students worked on projects of mutual strategic importance to Argonne and the university in machine learning, environmental sensing, synthetic biology, materials synthesis and characterization, and energy storage.

September 20, 2017
University of Minnesota Engineering Professor Joe Nichols is working with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to create high-fidelity computer simulations to determine how jet turbulence produces noise. (Image courtesy of University of Minnesota.)
The Sublime Challenge of Jet Noise

Joe Nichols, of the University of Minnesota, is using ALCF resources to create high fidelity simulations of jet turbulence to determine how and where noise is produced. The results may lead to novel engineering designs that reduce noise over commercial flight paths and on aircraft carrier decks.

September 18, 2017
Argonne Neuroscientist  Bobby Kasthuri is using Argonne’s supercomputer to map the intricacies of brain function at the deepest levels. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Small Brain, Big Data

Using a multi-lab approach, Argonne researchers are tapping the laboratory’s vast arsenal of innovative technologies to map the intricacies of brain function at the deepest levels, and describing them in greater detail than ever before through advanced data analysis techniques. The brain connectome project is supported by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s new Data Science Program, a new initiative targeted at big data problems.

September 11, 2017
In August, nearly two dozen seventh and eighth grade girls learned about the importance of computer programming at Argonne National Laboratory. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Middle school girls on a coding mission

The two-day “CodeGirls at Argonne” camp seeks to immerse the girls in computer science before they enter high school. The camp helps break down the typical stereotype of coding being a solitary and male activity. At Argonne, computer scientists work as part of interdisciplinary teams that focus on solving problems.

September 8, 2017
In these high-speed x-ray images, the 3-D printer is using a laser to melt metal powder, which causes a ‘keyhole’ defect within the cooled material. Researchers at Argonne are studying this process and developing guidelines to avoid such errors. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Argonne efforts accelerate 3-D printing journey

Argonne scientists’ first glimpse inside additive manufacturing process yields important advancements

September 6, 2017
A simulated sky image of galaxies produced by running Argonne-developed high-performance computing codes and then running a galaxy formation model.  Argonne has collaborated with the University of Illinois, teaming up two supercomputers to perform simulation and data analysis of extremely large-scale, computationally intensive models of the universe. (Image by Lindsey Bleem, Nan Li, and the HACC team/Argonne National Laboratory; Mike Gladders/University of Chicago.)
Big Bang – The Movie

In a new approach to enable scientific breakthroughs, researchers linked together supercomputers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

August 24, 2017
Students practice new skills taught in the 2017 coding camp. Participants explored how Argonne scientists use computers in diverse disciplines and were introduced to up-to-date programming tools. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Widening horizons for high schoolers with code

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory hosted a five-day Coding Camp for more than two dozen high school juniors and seniors, teaching new programming skills and how computer science is an integral part of an Argonne researcher’s life.

August 23, 2017