Monthly Archives: September 2011

Introducing Mobile
Children ask the most probing questions about the world around them — and they want immediate answers. Health issues pop up at inopportune times. Now you can always have an authoritative response at hand using mobile Anywhere, anytime, you can go to to get science information quickly. Read more about, the online gateway to over 45 databases and more than 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies.

DOE Scientific Research Data Now Easier to Find

Researchers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can now make their scientific research data easier to cite and easier to find from worldwide sources. The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is now registering publicly available scientific research datasets created by DOE-funded researchers through DataCite. OSTI, within the Office of Science, became a member of DataCite in January 2011 to facilitate access to DOE datasets. Through this membership, OSTI assigns permanent identifiers, known as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), to the individual datasets to aid in citation, discovery, and retrieval. Creating stable pathways to these datasets makes the scientific process more accessible and the research more replicable for future discoveries.

OSTI Director Walter Warnick said, “This service yields easier access and identification of scientific research datasets produced by DOE-funded researchers so that they can be readily found and cited with confidence.”

National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Poetry-Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival on September 24-25, 2011

The Poetry & Prose Pavilion is one of more than a dozen pavilions where 100+ writers and illustrators will discuss their work. New pavilions featuring “Cutting Edge” literature and State Poets Laureate have been added alongside pavilions on history and biography, mystery fiction, graphic novels, and more. Last year a record-breaking 150,000 book fans attended the festival.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman’s Statement on the Death of NEA National Heritage Fellow Wade Mainer

“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Appalachian banjo picker, singer and 1987 NEA National Heritage Fellow Wade Mainer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Mainer embodied the qualities of excellence and commitment to artistic tradition that define the best of our nation’s shared cultural heritage.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman’s Statement on the Death of NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty

“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Irish traditional musician and 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Rafferty has devoted a lifetime to exploring, performing, and teaching traditional Irish music to students on both sides of the Atlantic.”

New Semantic Search Technology Gets You Directly to Rich Green Energy R&D

DOE Green Energy
When you search for green energy research information at the DOE Green Energy portal, you will now receive results that allow you to explore more narrow concepts, related concepts, or even broader concepts than your original scientific query (see press release). With its new semantic search technology, DOE Green Energy affords you the use of the familiar and simple search box — yet still provides the benefits of an advanced search technology to help get to the information you need. In addition, the DOE Green Energy site recently deployed an auto-complete feature. This means that as you type your query, such as “ethanol,” into the search box, you will immediately see a list of associated concepts, i.e., ethanol fuel, cellulosic ethanol, direct methanol fuel cell, etc. from which to choose. DOE Green Energy results come from valuable sources of DOE research and development (R&D) information. These sources include DOE databases of technical reports and patents, filtered for green energy related subjects such as solar, hydro, geothermal, and wind energy, energy storage, tidal and wave power, direct energy conversion, nuclear fuel cycle, biomass and synthetic fuels, and much more.

Free Tickets Now Available for NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore on September 23, 2011

Free tickets for the September 23rd NEA National Heritage Fellows concert are now available online at or in person at the Music Center at Strathmore ticket office, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, Maryland, and the House of Musical Traditions, 7040 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman’s Statement on the Death of NEA National Heritage Fellow David "Honeyboy" Edwards

On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of blues guitarist, singer, and 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Edwards is a monumental figure in the rich history of the Delta blues and we join many others in the blues community and beyond in mourning his death while celebrating his life and lasting legacy.”

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet Congratulate More Than 1,500 Blue Star Museums Nationwide as the Summer Program Concludes

This Labor Day weekend, more than 1,500 museums nationwide offered a final ‘thank you’ to military families through the Blue Star Museums program, which concluded on September 5. Blue Star Museums is a national partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and museums across the country that offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Salt Lake Community College: Solar partner with DOE

Community College Connections
The DOE Rocky Mountain Solar Training Program exit federal site partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, Salt Lake Community College exit federal site, and others, works to accelerate the use of solar electric technologies and training programs within a 15 state western US region. Salt Lake Community College is the largest higher education institution with the most diverse student body in Utah. Read more at community college connections about this institution’s diverse science and technology programs. Community college connections is a part of the .EDUconnections website, hosted by OSTI.