Monthly Archives: March 2012

National Endowment for the Arts to Webcast National Council on the Arts Meeting Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

The 175th meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. EDT in room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The public is invited to attend in person or to watch a live webcast at

Jordan Receives CENDI Award for Service

Jordan receives CENDI award for service
Sharon Jordan, former Assistant Director for Program Integration at the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), recently received the 2011 CENDI Meritorious Service Award. Jordan was recognized for her long-standing history of service and support of CENDI and, in particular, for her leadership in supporting the development of and promoting CENDI’s premier flagship project, CENDI is an interagency consortium of senior scientific and technical information (STI) managers from 12 U.S. federal agencies which represents over 97% of the federal research and development budget. is a search engine for science, covering over 50 databases and more than 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. The CENDI Meritorious Service Award recognizes an individual or team for making “a noteworthy contribution to CENDI and to federal interagency cooperation through its events, publications, administration, or outreach.” Until her retirement in December 2011, Jordan had served for 18 months as the Deputy Chair of CENDI, providing a depth of knowledge of CENDI and STI (scientific and technical information) operations as well as her expertise in information policy. The Committee unanimously decided that Sharon’s tireless and exemplary support of CENDI and interests met the spirit of the award and chose her as the nominee most deserving of this special recognition of her peers.

Charles Townes–the Maser and the Laser

Charles Townes
Charles Townes foresaw the microwave spectroscope as a power tool for studying the structure of atoms and molecules and for the control of electromagnetic waves. His insights let to the Nobel Prize in 1964 “for fundamental work in quantum electronics which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle.” Find resources with additional information including many of his awards and honors at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

OSTI Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Year for Manhattan Project

President Roosevelt establishes the Manhattan Project
Why did they call it the Manhattan Project? Find out about this pivotal time in our nation’s history when the U.S. government conducted a secret and massive nationwide enterprise that took science from the laboratory into combat with a new, world-changing weapon. Read about the establishment of the Manhattan Project, 1942, at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Get information on the early Manhattan Project days, including a map of project sites, key events, renowned scientists of the day and the many contributions from various sites around the country as the nation moved toward peaceful uses of atomic energy.

DOE Data Explorer now searches individual datasets

DOE Data Explorer

Now you can find individual datasets via the DOE Data Explorer. When you first enter your search term, the DOE Data Explorer retrieves collection records from the database. Then, from your results page, you can choose to have all the related individual dataset records that have been submitted to OSTI’s Energy Citations Database displayed. You can toggle back and forth between the two sets of search results, looking at the bibliographic information or linking out to the non-text collection or to the individual datasets.

Students get search access, more interaction at new version of ScienceLab


ScienceLab is still the “go-to” source for homework help, project ideas, competitions, internships, activities, and more. But now students can also search and get access to the rich science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education resources from DOE programs and national laboratories. The site provides an interactive platform, allowing students to comment and rate resources and share their views and opinions with their peers. Students can Ask a Scientist, find out how to visit a DOE lab, get answers to real-life science questions, and explore science topics by grade level and resource type.