Department of Energy

6 Aug 2020

The scale of the pandemic’s disruptions to the research enterprise are coming into focus, with recent surveys warning of significant project delays, outsized impacts on early career scientists, and costs to universities that are already running well into the tens of billions of dollars.

5 Aug 2020

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has recommended detailed actions to spur “Industries of the Future,” meet national STEM workforce needs, and better leverage national labs within the U.S. research enterprise.

31 Jul 2020

NASA and the Department of Energy are expanding their collaboration as part of a broader White House push to develop nuclear power systems for space applications. The initiative comes as NASA faces key decisions on what fuel sources and technology development paths to pursue.

22 Jul 2020

In the midst of a national reckoning over systemic racism and police violence, the physical sciences community is searching for ways to deepen its efforts to make physics more inclusive and equitable.  

15 Jul 2020

House appropriators have advanced legislation that would provide billions of dollars in one-time “emergency” funding to DOE, citing a need to support economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The additional funds include $6.25 billion for research facilities and equipment projects within the DOE Office of Science.

24 Jun 2020

A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced legislation that would channel billions of dollars into manufacturing incentives and new R&D streams to bolster U.S. semiconductor manufacturing in the face of increasing international competition.

19 Jun 2020

The U.S.-based neutrino project LBNF/DUNE may reduce its initial planned capabilities as part of an effort to mitigate construction cost increases and shortfalls in contributions from international partners.

12 Jun 2020

The National Academies decadal assessment of plasma science strongly urges increased interagency coordination to better steward the highly interdisciplinary field and recommends increased investment in university programs to address concerning workforce trends. 

20 May 2020

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has established the position of principal deputy director, which oversees a set of new offices focused on policy priorities such as crosscutting research, accelerator technology development, diversity and inclusion, and research security.

7 Apr 2020

The U.S. plasma science community has achieved a major milestone in its effort to forge a long-term consensus strategic plan, agreeing on a set of priorities that will now be shaped into formal recommendations for the Department of Energy.

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