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Frontiers in Energy Research: Fall 2017
  • Daniel J. Pope

    Having a spirit of curiosity, being a fighter and developing the ability to overcome hardship and rejection without losing spirit — that's Aurora.

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    IDREAM Deputy Director Aurora Clark says growing up in a small, isolated town in central Washington state gave her the tools to become self-reliant and overcome adversity.
    Image credit: Shelly Hanks, Washington State University

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It’s about being a fighter. The scientists at the nation’s Energy Frontier Research Centers are a smart and scrappy lot. It takes something special to come to work every day and punch through a problem with no known solution. The answer isn’t in the back of a book. Your former professors may have no idea how to solve it. Your colleagues may not have even thought of the problem in this light. This issue salutes the scientists and the science that comes from rolling up your sleeves and doing the hard work. Read about Aurora Clark, a theoretical chemist who changed careers because she wanted to tackle big questions without answers … yet. Learn about early career scientists who faced their fears of dropping microphones and tough questions in the Team Science finals. And discover how scientists are helping computers fight to get the right answers with deep machine learning.

But it isn’t just about the people or the computers. It is about winning. Five articles highlight the results of various scientific pugilistic matches. Read about the fights. And the wins.

Editorial Board

  • Luke Berry, Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis
  • Andrea Bruck, Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties
  • Robert Choens, Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security
  • Victoria Davis, Center for Solar Fuels
  • Max Grossnickle, Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems
  • Zachary Lebens-Higgins, NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage
  • Stephen Meckler, Center for Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies
  • Daniel Pope, Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials
  • Jingyun Ye, Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center

Kristin Manke, Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis

Photo courtesy of Scott Butner

Disclaimer: The opinions in this newsletter are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views or position of the Department of Energy.