|The National Lab Day featured exhibit areas related to scientific discovery, energy, manufacturing, high-performance computing and national security. The discovery science exhibit highlighted DOE’s network of scientific user facilities and the unique capabilities available for industry and other researchers. The exhibit provided examples of groundbreaking advancements, including the tools researchers use to search for dark energy, dark matter and the Higgs boson particle. Photo: Kurt Riesselmann, Office of Communication|
On Tuesday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz held National Lab Day in the U.S. Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The event highlighted research projects from across the national laboratory system. The 17 DOE laboratories provide essential capabilities for nearly 30,000 university and industrial researchers and advance technology frontiers, such as high-performance computing and advanced manufacturing.
At the event Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) formally launched the Senate National Laboratory Caucus, which aims to increase awareness of the reach of the national labs as leaders in developing new breakthrough technologies and discoveries. (The U.S. House of Representatives already has a similar caucus.) Senator Durbin said, “By working together across the aisle, we can make certain that U.S. labs — like Illinois’ own Argonne and Fermi — continue to build on their successes and remain world leaders in cutting-edge research.”