Lectures

 

In our mission to enrich lives, Mid-Columbia Libraries partners with organizations and individuals to bring thought-provoking, timely, and culturally relevant topics of interest to our community. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Wed, Aug 4th 5:00pm
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Supercomputers are critical tools for advancing science across many disciplines, from physics and chemistry to drug discovery and the future of energy. Over the past decade, developments in machine learning and novel computing have yielded programs that outperform humans at complex analyses, reasoning, and strategic games. Learn how PNNL is working to unleash the potential of supercomputing to speed scientific advancement and meet national energy, security, and environmental goals. Register now.
Wed, Aug 11th 5:00pm
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More than 75 years after the "Nuclear Age" of the 1940s, researchers at PNNL continue to enable the future of nuclear energy and the safe management of radioactive waste from energy generation and past weapons production. On this tour, learn how PNNL is advancing glass waste forms and robotic waste inspection systems to support Hanford Site cleanup operations and integrated waste management for the nuclear power industry. Register now.  
Wed, Aug 18th 5:00pm
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Catalysis touches everyone’s life, from the catalytic converter in your vehicle, to how you clean your contact lenses, to creating your plastic water bottle. Catalysts make it easier for a chemical reaction to occur. But how and why do catalysts work? Discover how PNNL scientists are exploring catalysts at the atomic level to make them work harder and smarter. This could lead to a sustainable future—and more! Register now.  
Wed, Aug 25th 5:00pm
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Understanding particles, clouds, and their influence on Earth’s climate requires specialized facilities and field study. Explore PNNL’s active research in this area with two stops in the Atmospheric Measurement Laboratory: the space where researchers prepare and test meteorological radars for worldwide deployment to support the U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility and the Environmental Chamber where we reproduce and study atmospheric processes. Register now.
Wed, Sep 1st 5:00pm
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Researchers at PNNL are working toward a carbon-free energy future while making the electric grid more reliable and resilient. Look inside the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center, a functional utility control room where we study volumes of real electricity grid data and explore next-generation tools for managing and controlling the energy system. Then, visit the Life Sciences Laboratory where robots help accelerate new energy storage materials discovery for better batteries. Register now.
Wed, Sep 8th 5:00pm
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After 9/11, PNNL and other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories were immediately called upon to help. The newly formed Department of Homeland Security required expertise across many areas, from radiation and explosives detection to imaging and data analytics and beyond. Visit two facilities at PNNL that have provided the Department of Homeland Security with world-class solutions in airport security scanning and radiation detection at U.S. ports of entry. Register now.
Wed, Sep 15th 5:00pm
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Microbes have evolved into exquisite chemists that catalyze thousands of reactions happening in nature. Learning to harness these processes is vital to building a sustainable economy, environmental security, and energy independence. How can biology lead the next industrial revolution and save the planet? Learn how PNNL is leading advanced research on microbiome engineering to obtain energy from industrial wastes and improve bioenergy crop health to make this future a reality. Register now.