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Prior to joining Argonne, Forrest Jehlik worked in research and development for General Motors. Click to enlarge.
Head of Argonne's Green Racing team takes part in White House's 'Extreme STEM' Hangout

In honor of National Science Week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted an "Extreme STEM" Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, April 22. Argonne National Laboratory engineer Forrest Jehlik, who leads the lab's Green Racing program, was among the participants.

April 22, 2014
The release of wastes associated with nuclear reprocessing from storage facilities into the underlying sediments and groundwater is an important environmental concern. Scientists working with two national laboratories have found evidence that iron-bearing minerals naturally abundant in some sediments can react with and immobilize contaminants such as technetium. Image courtesy Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. Click to enlarge.
Iron-bearing minerals in sediments naturally reduce contaminant levels

The release of wastes associated with nuclear reprocessing from storage facilities into the underlying sediments and groundwater is an important environmental concern. Scientists working with two national laboratories have found evidence that iron-bearing minerals naturally abundant in some sediments can react with and immobilize contaminants such as technetium.

April 8, 2014
Argonne Gender Diversity Specialist Erin Thomas (right) accepted the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Golden Family Award on behalf of the laboratory at a recent SWE award presentation. SWE Chicago Regional Section President Jennifer Sciullo (left) presented the award. Click to enlarge.
Argonne receives 2014 SWE Golden Family Award

On June 5, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chicago Regional Section presented Argonne National Laboratory with its 2014 Golden Family Award. The award recognizes an organization that best supports families in the workplace.

April 7, 2014
In 1979, Walter Massey became the first African-American to assume the post of Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago. Click to enlarge.
A Director’s Profile: Walter Massey

Walter Massey became director of Argonne National Laboratory at a time of distrust of science and directly after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. This is his story.

February 27, 2014
Members of the AMF2 launch team and scientists from the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Meteorological Institute launch a weather balloon at the kickoff meeting in Hyytiälä, Finland. The mobile facility will take climate data in Hyytiälä for eight months to study, among other things, how the boreal forest interacts with the atmosphere. Click to enlarge.
Mobile climate station heads to Finland

Mobile climate station hits Finland in its latest quest to gain valuable knowledge about world’s climate and atmosphere.

February 13, 2014
Beijing's Tiananmen Square enveloped by heavy fog and haze. Argonne scientists help track air pollution worldwide. In China, a quantifiable amount of air pollution was attributed to products created for export to the U.S. In India, rising levels of sulphur dioxide were discovered by analyzing satellite data. Click to enlarge. Image credit: Shutterstock
Tracking air pollution aids policy makers

Recently, Beijing and the nearby Chinese provinces were veiled in smog that reduced visibility, induced health problems, and reached levels described as “beyond index.”

January 30, 2014
In a 3D structure of the protein, the binding site is shown in pink, representing a potential drug target. The green molecule shows binding of an antibiotic to the protein. Click to enlarge. Image courtesy of Wladek Minor.
Newly ID’d protein provides target for antibiotic-resistant hospital bacterium

Researchers have made inroads into tackling a bacterium that plagues hospitals and is highly resistant to most antibiotics. They determined the 3-D structure and likely function of a new protein in this common bacterium that attacks those with compromised immune systems

November 26, 2013
Andrey Elagin (left), postdoctoral scholar at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, and Matthew Wetstein, the Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, adjust the optics in the Large Area Picosecond Photodetector testing facility. The facility uses extremely short laser pulses to precisely measure the time resolution of the photodetectors. Click to enlarge.
Collaboration between varied organizations develops larger, more precise photodetectors for the market

Scientific particle detectors, medical imaging devices and cargo scanners with higher resolutions and cheaper price tags could become a reality, thanks to a three-way collaboration between industry, universities and U.S. national laboratories.

November 5, 2013
At the South Pole Telescope, scientists measure cosmic radiation still traveling across space from the early days of the universe. Image by Daniel Luong-Van, National Science Foundation. Click to enlarge.
South Pole Telescope helps Argonne scientists study earliest ages of the universe

For Argonne physicist Clarence Chang, looking backward in time to the earliest ages of the universe is all in a day’s work.

October 28, 2013
Telefonix, Inc., of Waukegan, Ill., recently launched its first commercial charging station for electric vehicles.
Small business success story: Telefonix, Inc.

Telefonix, Inc., was one of the 90 local small businesses and start-ups that participated in Argonne and Fermilab’s inaugural small business outreach event - titled "Doing Business with Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories" - on Aug. 21 at Argonne.

October 10, 2013