As part of the 2019 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) Principal Investigators’ Meeting, the Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE BES) sponsored a Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest II.  Following the EFRC tradition, during each meeting there is an optional contest designed to educate, inspire, and entertain an intelligent but not expert audience about the extraordinary science, innovation and people in the EFRCs. After a hiatus of 8 years, the video contest returned!  The 46 EFRCs were challenged to highlight a scientific breakthrough, tell a story of a big idea, show collaboration in action, give a window into the life of a scientist or student, or illustrate the impact on society of an EFRC’s mission.

10 teams took up the challenge, and submitted a kaleidoscope of stories that expose the trials and rewards of doing research that is critical to our energy future. The Office of Science is pleased to announce the four winning entries and the People’s Choice Award:

Overall Winner

Salt for the Earth

Molten Salts in Extreme Environments (MSEE) led by Brookhaven National Laboratory

Best Cinematography

Future of Energy Storage

Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center (FIRST) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Best Interviewing

Collaborating for a Better Future

Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC) led by the University of Minnesota

The entry that received the most votes from the public from June 24 to July 24, 2019 11:59 pm was given the People’s Choice Award at the Principal Investigators’ Meeting on July 29.

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The winning videos were selected by an expert panel of judges:

  • Julia Cort is Co-Executive Producer of the PBS science series “NOVA” and recipient of the AAAS Science Journalism Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the News and Documentary Emmy Award.
  • Pamela Hupp is the Outreach Coordinator for the Materials Research Society and co-creator of Science Matters, a nonprofit science education program.
  • Paul Lester is a Digital Communications Specialist in the U.S. DOE Office of Public Affairs and contributor to the DOE Energy Blog.

More information about the programs are available on the official website: Energy Frontier Research Centers.

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