Our laboratory has a long history of outstanding research, innovation and collaboration. We want to be known for next-generation research and science, exemplary operations and an outstanding work environment with great people and teams. Of late, our safety record has cast a shadow on our ability to execute our mission. Last month, I wrote to … Read More
About Paul Kearns
Paul K. Kearns, Laboratory Director, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Nuclear Society and the Society for Conservation Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in health sciences, a master's degree in bionucleonics and a bachelor's in natural resources and environmental sciences, all from Purdue University. He has previously worked at Battelle Global Laboratory Operations and served as president and managing director of Battelle-Italia, Rome, Italy. He was director of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho and acting director of the Office of Energy Management, in Washington, D.C.
At this time of year, one of my priorities is overseeing the creation of a strategic annual lab plan to submit to the U.S. Department of Energy in the spring. In last year’s plan, we detailed our five major lab initiatives: Hard X-ray Sciences, Advanced Computing, Materials and Chemistry, Manufacturing Science and Engineering and … Read More »
Thank you to everyone who helped give U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry an exceptional experience during his visit to the lab last week, including the more than 700 employees who attended his all-hands address.
When notified of the visit, I knew we had an extremely busy week of preparation ahead. However, I was … Read More »
As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to take a moment to recognize and celebrate what we have achieved over the past year. Amid changes, uncertainty and challenges, you have adapted to new situations, marshaled resources to respond to new requests, and been willing to go above and beyond to fulfill … Read More »
This week, I had the privilege to recognize nearly 200 employees for their long-term service and commitment to the lab. We can all be grateful for these individuals, who have spent 20, 30, 40 and even 55 years building Argonne into a world-class, multidisciplinary scientific institution. They have experienced so much — from early use … Read More »
Last week, I was pleased to host the CP-1 Symposium, marking the 75th anniversary of Enrico Fermi’s historic discovery that led to the founding of Argonne. Attendees had a chance to … Read More »
The lab has taken some important steps forward since my last message, including drafting our annual lab plan.
Acknowledging such progress is especially important amid the news headlines coming out of Washington about the FY17 and FY18 budgets. Today, Congress passed another weeklong continuing resolution to maintain the current level of funding through May 5, … Read More »
My colleagues, it has been a busy couple of weeks since my last message. I want to give you some updates and share how you all continue to make me proud to lead this lab.
During the last week of March, I traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Acting U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) … Read More »
It saddens me to share the news that an esteemed member of our Argonne community, theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate Alexei Abrikosov, passed away March 29, 2017, at the age of 88.
Dr. Abrikosov … Read More »