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October 6, 2011
Dr. Saul Perlmutter, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It was this team along with the High-z Supernova Search Team which found evidence of the accelerating expansion of the universe.
National Lab Scientists Win Nobel Recognition

This week, Secretary Chu congratulated two scientists for their trailblazing work: Dr. Saul Perlmutter in the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who was recently named the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Daniel Shechtman, who is currently an associate scientist at the Energy Department's Ames Laboratory, for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery of quasicrystals.”

September 29, 2011
Volunteer Alison Mize demonstrates how to build an electrical circuit using a string of lights and battery at the Vehicle Technologies Program booth at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. | DOE photo, courtesy of April Saylor
2011 Solar Decathlon – The Volunteer's Perspective

The Solar Village has been open to the public on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park for seven days now, which means the 2011 Solar Decathlon is fully underway.

September 22, 2011
Bill Picciano tells us about his job at the Energy Department's Savanna River Site. | DOE Photo
Two Years Later: Bill Picciano of DOE's Savannah River Site

We checked back in with Bill Picciano, who we last spoke to in October 2009 after he'd recently been hired at the Savannah River Site (SRS) through the Recovery Act. Now he's permanently employed at the Site as an Associate Engineer/Technical Support Specialist - a job he's proud to have.

September 22, 2011
Richard Kauffman has recently joined the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor and is one of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy. Photo Credit: Quentin Kruger, Department of Energy
The Faces of Energy: Richard Kauffman's Journey From The Oil Crisis to Clean Tech

One of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy, Richard Kauffman is joining the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor. It's also his first in the public sector – a fact that humbles Kauffman: “For me this is my opportunity to serve. My hope is that I will bring capabilities and experience that are complementary to the great talent that is already here.”

September 21, 2011
Smart grid technology installations provided not only new work, but new customers for Narrows Electric owner Gary Miklethun, far l., and his team, from l. to r., Ken Dehart, Rodney Thomas and Dave Brosie.
Smart Grid Technology Gives Small Business New Light

Gary Miklethun, the owner of Narrows Electric, a small electrical contractor in Gig Harbor, Wash., that specializes in residential and small commercial projects, definitely felt it when the economy slowed down. But installing new smart grid technology in 500 homes not only gave his team new work, but new customers.

September 21, 2011
From the Mailbag: Questions and Comments on the New Energy.gov

You asked, we answered! Check out some frequently asked questions on the new and improved Energy.gov.

September 20, 2011
The United States Releases its Open Government National Action Plan

Today, President Obama signs the Open Government Partnership declaration, unveiling the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. At the Energy Department, we are committed to creating a more efficient and effective government while ensuring that taxpayers’ money is wisely spent. Over the past year, we’ve taken a number of steps to make the Department more transparent and more participatory, including:

September 15, 2011
The Truth about Clean Energy Jobs

Director of Public Affairs Dan Leistikow details how the Loan Program will support 60K American jobs and save 300 million gallons of gasoline a year.

September 14, 2011
The City College of New York team gathers at the 2011 Solar Decathlon’s All-Team Meeting, immediately before the assembly stage of the competition. | Photo Credit: Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Solar Decathlon Teams Working Around the Clock to Assemble Homes For Competition

Students teams are now working 24/7 to assemble the solar-powered, energy-efficient homes they’ve designed for the Solar Decathlon in time for the start of the competition next Friday. Visit the Solar Decathlon site to learn how you can tour each of the 19 homes online and in person.

September 13, 2011
Timothy Unruh, Program Manager for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Image: Energy Department Image | Photo By Mark Bealer (Contractor)
GovEnergy 2011 Offers Federal Energy Professionals Strategies for Reducing Energy Use

Lat month, over 4,000 federal, private sector, and military energy professionals participated in GovEnergy last month – an annual trade show held in Cincinnati, Ohio cosponsored by the Energy Department along with several other government agencies.