Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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DOE, ORNL host 1,200 students and faculty at Day of Science

Dr. William Miller of ORNL's Engineering Science and Technology Division talks to students about careers in science at the Sixth Annual Day of Science hosted recently by DOE and ORNL.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2007 — More than 1,200 students and faculty from 125 U.S. colleges and universities gathered here Monday for one of the largest Department of Energy science education events ever held.

Hosted by DOE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Sixth Annual Day of Science presented speakers, exhibits, and other attractions to help top students -- particularly those at historically black schools -- pursue science careers.

This year's event, expanded to include all the DOE labs, had nearly three times the participants and exhibitors of any previous Day of Science.

"Day of Science creates a pipeline between DOE, the national laboratories, and U.S. colleges and universities for developing the nation's scientific workforce," said Jeff Pon, DOE's Chief Human Capital Officer. "It also gives us a wonderful opportunity to meet and support America's future scientific leaders."

Monday's symposium, held at Knoxville Convention Center, included science presentations and exhibits from DOE labs and facilities, including the Spallation Neutron Source and the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL.

"Some of the students participating in this event will be making the important scientific discoveries of tomorrow," ORNL Director Thom Mason said. "ORNL is proud to be a major partner in encouraging them to pursue science careers."

Gen. Lester Lyles, Retired Commander, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, delivered the keynote address titled "Science & Technology Opportunities - The Perspectives of a Technology Leader."

"My experience with science and technology has presented many wonderful opportunities for me throughout my career," Lyles said. "I see even more scientific opportunities on the horizon, and I encourage the students of today to take advantage of them."

Sessions on science and technology at DOE labs featured presentations on X-ray analysis of historical documents; nanoscience; green energy; the ITER fusion project; and astrophysics.

The program also included a career fair; interactive exhibits, networking opportunities; and a Cyber-Café, provided by Dell, for Internet access. Workshops discussed partnering with DOE laboratories for grants, internships, employment, subcontracts, and other opportunities.

Nearly 70 different exhibits were displayed at the 2007 Day of Science. Exhibitors included 13 DOE laboratories, Battelle, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Y-12 National Security Complex.

Sponsors for the event were: DOE; DOE Office of Human Capital Management; DOE Office of Science; DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity; DOE Oak Ridge Office; UT-Battelle; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge Associated Universities; and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.