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February 25, 2013
Participants of the 2013 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gather at Argonne National Laboratory with Director Dot Harris.
Introducing a Girl to Engineering - A Day at Argonne National Lab

Did you know that while women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, they hold only 24 percent of STEM jobs? STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is critical for the mission of the Energy Department in securing our clean energy future - and it's critical for the country.

February 22, 2013
Join our Google+ Hangout on increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering & math disciplines. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity.
Live Q&A: Celebrating Black History Month and STEM Education

Join our Google+ Hangout on February 27 to discuss strategies for bridging the diversity gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

February 21, 2013
July 20, 1944
Commemorating Black History: Contributions of African Americans to the Manhattan Project

The Department of Energy (DOE) commissioned an exhibit documenting the contributions of African Americans to the Manhattan Project at Hanford Reservation.

February 19, 2013
Director Dot Harris presents Chris Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, with a professional achievement award at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference this February. Photo Credit: Nancy Jo Brown/106FOTO
Fossil Energy Acting Assistant Secretary Recognized at Black Engineer of the Year Awards

Earlier this month, I joined Chris Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, on stage in Washington DC at the Black Engineers of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference to present him with BEYA's Professional Achievement award, recognizing the work of Acting Assistant Secretary Smith and his team in the all-of-the-above energy strategy of the United States.

February 11, 2013
We Have a Winner - DC High School Regional Science Bowl Competition Held Last Saturday

As part of the National Science Bowl, more than 9,500 high school students take place in 70 high school regional competitions around the United States and Puerto Rico.  The winners of these regions advance to the National Science Bowl competition held every April in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

February 8, 2013
President Barack Obama talks with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winners in the State Dining of the White House January 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Nominate An Inspirational STEM Teacher for the Nation’s Highest Honors

Nominations are now open for the nation’s highest honors for K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, have been running since 1983, honoring more than 4,200 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

February 7, 2013
National African American History Month, 2013: A Presidential Proclamation

Celebrating National African American History Month.

February 1, 2013
Tech-ies mingled during a networking session after the White House Tech Inclusion Summit on January 31, 2013. (Photo credit: John Werner)
Working Toward a Tech Sector that Reflects America

At the White House Technology Inclusion Summit, private and public partners gathered to discuss how we must do more to encourage women and girls to pursue careers in these fields, as well as individuals from other underrepresented groups.

February 1, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu during an online town hall to discuss President Obama's clean energy and innovation agenda on January 11, 2011. | Photo by Charles Watkins, Contractor, Energy Department
Letter from Secretary Steven Chu to Energy Department Employees

Secretary Chu highlights progress on clean energy; announces decision not to serve a second term.

February 1, 2013
South Carolina State University students William Dumpson, left, and Alejandra Chirino, center, talk with Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske at a recent research exchange involving the laboratory and seven historically black colleges and universities.
Savannah River National Laboratory Meets with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Student and faculty leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) spent the day at the Center for Hydrogen Research at Savannah River National Laboratory, reporting on their work to professional scientists and engineers at the Laboratory.