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One night, two great talks: on national laboratories and multi-cultural workplaces

March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm


Topping off Wednesday’s slate of Advising Practicum sessions are two great lectures.

Dr. Eric Isaac’79, director of Argonne National Laboratory, will talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Porter Brown Auditorium (Science Center 150) on “Gamechangers: How Our National Laboratories are Working to Help Solve America’s Energy Challenge.”

Those in the National Laboratory system are working on the new energy technologies that could transform the ways we generate, store, and use energy, which has the potential to protect our environment while recharging our national economy. These new technologies, many of which require breakthroughs in basic science, promise to create new jobs (perhaps even new industries) for young scientists and engineers who are now beginning their careers.

But as we tackle the fundamental scientific research we need to discover and develop disruptive new energy technologies, it’s worthwhile to ask: What does it really mean to change the game? What does game-changing technology look like, and what are currently our best prospects for gamechangers? Ultimately, can we really change the energy game in this country?

Isaac believes the answer is yes—but only if we bring together the right people and give them the right tools to address the right questions.

Author David DeLong will speak on “The Multi-cultural Workplace: How Changing Demographics Will Change Your Life” at 8 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

This is a Keefer and Keefer lecture with Mr. De Long,  a research fellow at MIT's AgeLab and a best-selling author who writes about aging in the workplace.  This lecture is sponsored by the Keefer Development Fund.