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Alexei Abrikosov (center), a distinguished scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and a Nobel Prize recipient, recently received the Gold Medal of Vernadsky of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine. Abrikosov’s wife, Svetlana Yuriyevna Bunkova, was on hand when Argonne Director Peter B. Littlewood (right), presented the medal during an informal ceremony at the lab. (Click photo to view larger.)
Abrikosov receives Ukrainian Gold Medal

Alexei Abrikosov, a distinguished scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and a Nobel Prize recipient, has been recognized again for his groundbreaking work. Abrikosov has received the Gold Medal of Vernadsky of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine.

July 28, 2015
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and Brandeis University may have found a way around an infectious bacterium’s natural defenses. To watch an illustration of the process, click the video below.
Sweet spot: Disabling antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and Brandeis University may have found a way around an infectious bacterium’s natural defenses.

June 17, 2015
Chemist Mercouri Kanatzidis of Argonne National Laboratory received the Eni Award for Renewable Energy for his work with thermoelectrics. (Click photo to view larger.)
Argonne chemist receives Eni Award for work with thermoelectrics

Chemist Mercouri Kanatzidis of Argonne National Laboratory has received the Eni Award for Renewable Energy.

June 15, 2015
Argonne mentors stand beside students from Chicago-area schools. Argonne’s ACT-SO STEM Research and Mentoring Program provides mentors and facilities to help students prepare their research for ACT-SO’s STEM competition. Photo by Justin H.S. Breaux; click to view larger.
Argonne mentors students for the next generation of scientists

On May 6, the accomplishments of seventeen Chicago-area high school students that had been mentored by staff at Argonne National Laboratory were honored for their performance at this year’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition, held at the College of DuPage in March.

May 28, 2015
Argonne's Energy Sciences Building has been certified LEED Gold. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne Energy Sciences Building achieves LEED Gold

Argonne’s Energy Sciences Building has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

May 21, 2015
Lab-Corps is a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at improving the rate of commercialization of technologies created at national labs that are in line with the mission of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (Click image to view larger.)
Two Argonne teams win pitch competition, advance to national Lab-Corps training program

On April 17, the judges chose these two technologies from a pool of six finalists to participate in the national Lab-Corps training program.

April 24, 2015
Argonne microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert (foreground) and Sparkling Pointe winemaker Gilles Martin take samples of the microbes living on the leaves, flowers, soil and roots of grapevines as part of a study on how microbes affect plant health. (Photo courtesy Kristin West (FMC Corporation) and Jack Gilbert. Click to enlarge.)
Researchers study grapevine microbiota

A new study of the microbes growing in and around grapevines, led by researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, surveyed microbes on the plants and their influence on the plants' health.

March 26, 2015
In a simulated collision, two cells deform as they bounce off each other. Many small such collisions can lead to a group of cells moving together in tandem, as modeled by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. Image by Igor Aronson.
Modeling how cells move together could inspire self-healing materials

A paper published in Nature’s Scientific Reports by a team led by Argonne physicist Igor Aronson modeled the motion of cells moving together. This may help scientists design new technologies inspired by nature, such as self-healing materials in batteries and other devices.

March 18, 2015
Argonne director Peter Littlewood testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 17, 2015.
Congressional Testimony: Peter Littlewood

On March 17, 2015, Argonne director Peter Littlewood testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the future of the U.S. electric grid.

March 18, 2015
Scientists at Argonne proposed theoretical evidence for a new superconducting fluctuation, which may lead to a way of measuring the exact temperature at which superconductivity kicks in and shed light on the poorly understood properties of superconducting materials above this temperature. Above: Sharp peaks are visible as the temperature nears Tc, the temperature at which superconductivity kicks in. Illustration courtesy Alexey Galda. (Click image to enlarge.)
Study proposes new way to measure superconducting fluctuations

A study published last month by researchers at Argonne provides theoretical evidence for a new effect that may lead to a way of measuring the exact temperature at which superconductivity kicks in and shed light on the poorly understood properties of superconducting materials above this temperature.

March 10, 2015