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5-Oct-2020

Graduate program from DOE prepares students for STEM careers

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Seven of them will come to Los Alamos National Laboratory for their research experience for between three and 12 months.


LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 5, 2020–As part of a U.S. Department of Energy graduate-student program, 52 students from 43 different universities will be sponsored to conduct research at 12 national laboratories. Seven of them will come to Los Alamos National Laboratory for their research experience for between three and 12 months.

“These graduate student awards help prepare new scientists for STEM careers that are vitally important to the DOE mission and the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “We are proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding awardees and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the years to come. They represent the future leadership and innovation that will allow American science and engineering to excel in the 21st century.”

“The DOE SC Graduate Student Research program has a LANL track record of providing top tier doctoral students who end up making meaningful contributions to both the mission of the laboratory and their selected fields of scientific study,” said Scott Robbins, Student Programs manager at Los Alamos. “The graduate student researchers are highly valued by laboratory managers and mentors and many end up entering the DOE scientific enterprise as postdoctoral appointees and staff scientists.”

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities through extended residency at DOE laboratories. The students working with Los Alamos scientists, their universities and their subject areas will be the following:

Wexford Science and Technology tapped as master developer for Midtown innovation district

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JumpStart, which moved its offices to Midtown almost a decade ago, could become an anchor tenant in Wexford’s first building.

CEO Ray Leach described the innovation community in Cleveland as decentralized. With better cooperation in a district designed for interaction, he hopes barriers will fall for businesses, institutions and residents of majority Black, low-income neighborhoods on the city’s East Side.

“I’m envisioning hundreds of millions of dollars of more capital, tens of thousands of jobs, a real ability to make an impact around racial and economic inclusion,” Leach said. “I think this is the kind of project that has to happen in order for us to find new and different ways to collaborate.”

JumpStart is one of five organizations, along with the Cleveland Foundation, the Fund for Our Economic Future, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Team NEO, steering a broader initiative called the Cleveland Innovation Project. That alliance is attempting to reposition the regional economy, with a focus on health care, smart manufacturing and water technology.

The project’s key goals include developing talent, boosting the flow of private capital to growing businesses and reducing stark gaps in Clevelanders’ digital literacy and internet access.

Midtown is one logical site — though not the only potential location — to concentrate activity in those target industries, said Baiju Shah, senior fellow for innovation at the Cleveland Foundation.

Since the inception of the Health-Tech Corridor, developers in the area have built or renovated more than 1 million square feet of real estate that isn’t tied to hospitals or research institutions.

Anything that Wexford develops must connect “seamlessly” to those existing assets, Shah said, describing a district that should feel cohesive, but not contrived.

“The goal of the district is not to have a company relocate 1,000 jobs from somewhere else,” Osha said. “The goal