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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.

January 31, 2013
DOE to Address Small Businesses Barriers in Government Contracting at Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – EM and the DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) are working to address barriers that hinder small businesses from competing for prime contracts for work in the Cold War cleanup program.

January 30, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watches as President Barack Obama signs a Presidential memorandum, "Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally," in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama Signs New Directive to Strengthen our Work to Advance Gender Equality Worldwide

Today, President Obama took a critical step to institutionalize gender equality efforts by signing a Presidential Memorandum to strengthen and expand U.S. government capacity and coordination across all agencies to better promote gender equality and empower women and girls. In the Memorandum, President Obama reaffirmed that “promoting gender equality and advancing the status of all women and girls around the world remains one of the greatest unmet challenges of our time, and one that is vital to achieving our overall foreign policy objectives.”

January 24, 2013
Dr. Holdren, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director, speaks at the January 20, 2013 Interagency Mentoring and STEM Open House.
Interagency Mentoring and STEM Open House a Success

In honor of National Mentoring Month, last Friday the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, Labor, Agriculture, and Energy, the Office of Personnel Management, the National Science Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service jointly hosted a day-long interagency mentoring open house at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) headquarters in Washington, DC.