Millions Liberated From ‘Evil of ISIS,’ OIR Official Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad.

Coalition partners will continue to support the Iraqi security forces to “root out and destroy” the remaining terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. James F. Glynn, deputy commanding general of Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a teleconference with Pentagon reporters.

He lauded the Iraqi security forces and their successes against a brutal enemy. 

“The ISF has proven itself a legitimate fighting force that has and will continue their momentum, provide security for the people of Iraq, and quell the rise of new insurgencies,” the general said.

The successes of the Iraqi forces has been evident “time and again in the dismantling of threats and tyranny held on communities,” he said.

Baghdad Attack: Cowardly, Evil, Desperate Act

Although ISIS has been militarily defeated, challenges remain, Glynn said.

“As we recognize these challenges, we wish to extend our sympathies to those who were killed and injured in the suicide attack in a Baghdad market just yesterday,” he said. The double suicide bombing in Tayaran Square killed more than two dozen people.

“This attack is another example of the cowardice, evil and the desperate acts that ISIS and other violent extremists who want to remain relevant throughout this area of operation will execute,” Glynn said.

4.5 Million Liberated from ‘Evil of ISIS’

Glynn described efforts from coalition and Iraqi forces to restore security in Iraq.

“The campaign against ISIS has resulted in over 4.5 million people in Iraq liberated from the evil of ISIS,” Glynn said, adding “We congratulate the government of Iraq on their success, and are proud to stand beside them.”

Other successes include Iraqi forces destroying more than 100 improvised explosive devices and thousands of pounds of explosives across Iraq in recent weeks, he said.

Defeating ‘Evil Terrorist Ideology’

The fight, however, is not over, Glynn said, highlighting that much work remains to ensure the enduring defeat of this “evil terrorist ideology.”  

ISIS has demonstrated its desire to return to its terrorist roots, he said, noting innocent civilians have been killed in ISIS bombings and attacks over the past several weeks. He said Iraqi partners will continue to provide security, including policing and border control functions, to prevent the migration and re-emergence of the ISIS threat.

Defeating the terrorists will take some time, he said, because ISIS fighters are hiding in the mountains and among the civilian population.

“As we look forward to the next stage in the campaign, the coalition will continue to assist in consolidating gains made over the past few years,” he said. “This involves the stabilization of security and essential services, focused predominantly in areas where ISIS once dominated — and our Iraqi partners will make this happen.”

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Former CIA Officer Arrested for Retaining Classified Information

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, aka Zhen Cheng Li, 53, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested last night on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information.

Dana J. Boente, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement.

Lee was arrested after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York.  Lee is a naturalized U.S. citizen, currently residing in Hong Kong, China.  According to court documents, Lee began working for the CIA as a case officer in 1994, maintained a Top Secret clearance and signed numerous non-disclosure agreements during his tenure at CIA.

According to court documents, in August 2012, Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the United States to live in northern Virginia. While traveling back to the United States, Lee and his family had hotel stays in Hawaii and Virginia.  During each of the hotel stays, FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of Lee’s room and luggage, and found that Lee was in unauthorized possession of materials relating to the national defense.  Specifically, agents found two small books containing handwritten notes that contained classified information, including but not limited to, true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations and locations of covert facilities.

Lee made his initial appearance this afternoon in the Eastern District of New York.  He is charged with unlawful retention of national defense information and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, if convicted.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court after considering the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Hammerstrom of the Eastern District of Virginia and Deputy Chief Elizabeth Cannon of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

Province Selects Public Sector Expert to Conduct Mandatory Review of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

PROVINCE SELECTS PUBLIC SECTOR EXPERT TO CONDUCT MANDATORY REVIEW OF THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR MANITOBANS ACT


Manitoba Families advises a Manitoban with a long history in the public sector has been selected to perform a comprehensive and mandatory review of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

Theresa Harvey Pruden will conduct the review, report on the findings and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act and its regulations.  As well, the review will include consultation with the public and in particular those with disabilities.

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act became law in December 2013, and provides a clear and proactive process for identification, prevention and removal of barriers.  Physical, communication and systemic barriers prevent a significant portion of Manitobans from fully participating in society.  The act is aimed at eliminating barriers through development of accessibility standards for government, public and private-sector organizations including municipalities, business and not-for-profit organizations.

The mandatory, four-year review will focus on initiatives already taken under the act and the structures that support it.  It is anticipated the review will begin in March and the final report, with recommendations, to be completed before the end of the year.

Harvey Pruden, of Winnipeg, has 30 years experience in the provincial public sector and has volunteered for numerous organizations including the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women, Sport and Physical Activity, Go for Green and Coalition for Active Living.  She is the recipient of a Governor General’s Award for Volunteerism and has worked as a consultant on a women’s heart health initiative with St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre.

More information on The Accessibility for Manitobans Act can be found at www.accessibilitymb.ca/.

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Georgia Tech Launches Search for Executive Vice President for Research

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has launched an international search for the next executive vice president for Research (EVPR). A 14-member search committee composed of faculty and staff will be chaired by Provost Rafael L. Bras. Associate Provost for Operations Jennifer Herazy will serve as search director.

A direct report to President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, the EVPR is the chief research officer for the Institute. The EVPR provides central administration leadership for all research, economic development, and related support units. This includes direct oversight of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Centers (IRIs/IRCs), the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), and the Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC). 

“The role of the executive vice president for Research has proven critical to strengthening the multidisciplinary ties between the academic and research enterprises at Georgia Tech, and for creating exciting momentum for the Institute’s growing innovation ecosystem,” said Peterson. “We envision the next EVPR as someone who will be both capable and comfortable in the dual role of enhancing Georgia Tech’s economic impact and advancing our ethic of ‘Creating the Next.’”

A campuswide town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. in Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Room 152. Hosted by President Peterson and Provost Bras, the town hall will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn about the search and provide input on the candidate.

“The search for the successor to Dr. Stephen Cross is extremely important to the future of Georgia Tech. We want to hear from the Georgia Tech community and invite all interested parties to fully engage with the search process,” said Bras. “This early town hall and the on-campus finalist interviews are great opportunities to provide feedback and ensure the best candidate is chosen to join the executive leadership team.”

All inquiries, correspondence, and nominations should be directed in confidence to the attention of the search committee chair, Provost Bras, at provostsoffice@gatech.edu.

While applications and nominations will be received until the EVPR is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials no later than March 31, 2018, for optimal consideration.

Members of the search committee and support staff are:

  • Rafael L. Bras (Chair), Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Jennifer Herazy (Search Director), Associate Provost for Operations
  • Karen Fite, Director, Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • James Fortner, Associate Vice President, Financial Services
  • Kaye Husbands Fealing, Chair and Professor, School of Public Policy
  • Christopher Jones, Associate Vice President for Research; Love Family Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Robert Knotts, Director, Federal Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations
  • Pablo Laguna, Chair and Professor, School of Physics
  • Steven McLaughlin, Dean and Southern Company Dean’s Chair, College of Engineering; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dana Randall, Co-Executive Director, Institute for Data Engineering and Science; ADVANCE Professor of Computing, School of Computer Science
  • Trudy Riley, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Bo Rotoloni, Deputy Director, Finance Operations and Information Systems, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Caroline Wood, Executive Director, Corporate Relations, Office of Development
  • Steven Woodard, Assistant Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
  • Gregory Owen (Ex-Officio), Director, Human Resources, Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • Mary Thomas (Search Support), Program Manager, Office of the Provost

The search follows the December 2017 notice that Steve Cross will step down at the end of June 2018 and return to a research faculty position at GTRI. 

A full position description, search timeline, and ongoing search updates can be found at president.gatech.edu/search-executive-vice-president-research.

MBL scientists find lamprey genes that aid spinal healing are present in humans

Many of the genes involved in the natural repair of the injured spinal cord of the lamprey are also active in the repair of the peripheral nervous system in mammals, according to a study by a collaborative group of scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory and other institutions. This is consistent with the possibility that in the long term, the same or similar genes may be harnessed to improve spinal cord injury treatments.

“We found a large overlap with the hub of transcription factors that are driving regeneration in the mammalian peripheral nervous system,” said Jennifer Morgan, director of the MBL’s Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, one of the authors of the study published this week in Nature Scientific Reports.

Lampreys are jawless, eel-like fish that shared a common ancestor with humans about 550 million years ago. This study arose from the observation that a lamprey can fully recover from a severed spinal cord without medication or other treatment.

“They can go from paralysis to full swimming behaviors in 10 to 12 weeks,” Morgan said.

“Scientists have known for many years that the lamprey achieves spontaneous recovery from spinal cord injury, but we have not known the molecular recipe that accompanies and supports this remarkable capacity,” said Ona Bloom of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, a former MBL Whitman Center fellow who collaborated on the project.

“In this study, we have determined all the genes that change during the course of recovery,” Bloom said, “and now that we have that information, we can use it to test if specific pathways are actually essential to the process.”

The researchers followed the lampreys’ healing process and took samples from the brains and spinal cords at multiple points in time, from the first hours after injury until three months later when they were healed. They analyzed the material to determine which genes and signaling pathways were activated as compared to a non-injured lamprey.

As expected, they found many genes in the spinal cord that change over time with recovery. Somewhat unexpectedly, they also discovered a number of injury-induced gene expression changes in the brain. “This reinforces the idea that the brain changes a lot after a spinal cord injury,” Morgan said. “Most people are thinking, ’What can you do to treat the spinal cord itself?’ but our data really support the idea that there’s also a lot going on in the brain.”

They also found that many of the genes associated with spinal cord healing are part of the Wnt signaling pathway, a set of proteins that play a role in tissue development. “Furthermore, when we treated the animals with a drug that inhibits the Wnt signaling pathway, the animals never recovered their ability to swim,” Morgan said. Future research will explore why the Wnt pathway seems particularly important in the healing process.

The paper is the result of a collaboration between Morgan, Bloom and other scientists including Jeramiah Smith of University of Kentucky and Joseph Buxbaum of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, both former Whitman Center Fellows. The collaboration was made possible by the MBL Whitman Center Fellowship program.

“[This study] involved several different labs located in different parts of the country with different types of expertise, but it absolutely could not and would not have been done without the support of the MBL that allows us to work collaboratively in a shared laboratory setting,” Morgan said.


Citation: “Highly conserved molecular pathways, including Wnt signaling, promote functional recovery from spinal cord injury in lampreys.” Nature Scientific Reports, Jan. 15, 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18757-1

—Story originally appeared on the Marine Biological Laboratory website

UChicago scientists use gyroscopes to find unusual state of matter

You don’t have to be perfectly organized to pull off a wave, according to University of Chicago scientists.

Using a set of gyroscopes linked together, physicists explored the behavior of a material whose structure is arranged randomly, instead of an orderly lattice. They found they could set off one-way ripples around the edges, much like spectators in a sports arena—a “topological wave,” characteristic of a particularly unusual state of matter.

Published Jan. 15 in Nature Physics, the discovery offers new insight into the physics of collective motion and could one day have implications for electronics, optics or other technologies.

The team, led by Assoc. Prof. William Irvine, used gyroscopes—the top-like toys you played with as a kid—as a model system to explore physics. Because gyroscopes move in three dimensions, if you connect them with springs and spin them with motors, you can observe all kinds of things about the rules that govern how objects move together.

Two years ago, the team observed an odd behavior in their gyroscopes: at certain frequencies, they could set off a wave that traveled around the edges of the material in one direction only. This was strange, but had some counterparts in other branches of physics. It’s a behavior characteristic of a recently discovered state of matter called a topological insulator.

At the right frequency, researchers can direct a wave only around the outer edges of a neatly ordered lattice of gyroscopes.

But next, trying to find which conditions were truly essential, they modified the pattern of the gyroscopes. Where before the gyroscopes had been neatly lined up in equally spaced rows, like the lattice pattern in a crystal, Irvine and team scattered the points randomly around.

They turned the gyroscopes on, and still saw the waves.

This is exceedingly strange. Traditionally, the lattice order is very important in physical properties. It’s a bit like if every time you tossed a handful of puzzle pieces on the table, it still made a recognizable image.

“Everything up to this point was engineered. We thought you had to build a particular lattice, and that determines where the wave goes,” said Irvine. “But when we asked what happened if you took away the spatial order, no crystal plane, no clear structure…the answer’s yes. It just works.”

To their surprise, researchers found the waves also appear if the gyroscopes don’t have a neat lattice.

“A collective behavior with local roots is also really interesting because that’s a much easier way to manufacture a material,” said graduate student Noah Mitchell, the first author on the paper. “It was thought spatial order had to be globally coordinated, but the fact that local properties are sufficient could open a lot of possibilities.”

There are many materials in the everyday world that don’t have a crystalline structure, including Styrofoam, glass, foam, plastic and rubber. The physics behind these systems is less understood than their crystalline counterparts, but as scientists’ ability to engineer them—including as quantum systems and metamaterials—grows, they are increasingly of interest. If these amorphous materials could display some of the properties of crystals, it could lay the foundations for new technologies.

Other coauthors included UChicago graduate student Lisa Nash and postdoctoral student Daniel Hexner, as well as Israel Institute of Technology professor Ari Turner.


Citation: “Amorphous topological insulators constructed from random point sets.” Mitchell et. al, Nature Physics, Jan. 15, 2017. doi:10.1038/s41567-017-0024-5

Funding: National Science Foundation, Packard Foundation, University of Chicago Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Federal Reserve Board announces approval of application by Huron Community Bank

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January 16, 2018

Federal Reserve Board announces approval of application by Huron Community Bank

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The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced its approval of the application under section 18(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act by Huron Community Bank, East Tawas, Michigan, to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of a branch of First Federal of Northern Michigan, Alpena, Michigan.

Attached is the Board’s order relating to this action.

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Superconducting Tokamaks Are Standing Tall

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Superconducting Tokamaks Are Standing Tall

Cross-section of the KSTAR tokamak showing select hardware components of the vertical control system: new magnetic flux loops (magenta circles) used to infer the vertical position of the plasma and vertical magnetic field coils (red squares) that control the position. A new algorithm sustained a stable plasma discharge #18380 (magenta) that was significantly taller than discharges such as #18602 (black) that used an earlier algorithm and suffered vertical oscillations. The double vacuum vessel wall (green) and plasma first wall (blue) are also shown.

The Science

A persistent problem has dogged the largest fusion device in South Korea. The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device has run successfully since 2008. However, controlling the vertical position of the ultra-hot plasma has proven difficult. Stable control of the vertical position allows precise shaping and positioning of the plasma boundary, vital to a reactor’s performance. Now, a team led by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has sharply improved the ability to control the vertical position. The result? The new control algorithm stabilizes the plasma position for record tall plasmas in KSTAR that exceed even the KSTAR design specifications.

The Impact

The new scheme will enable the KSTAR team to study plasma conditions very similar to those that will be created in the ITER tokamak, using the same configuration of plasma diagnostics and superconducting magnetic field coils. The ITER tokamak is an international project being assembled in France. The new scheme will allow the KSTAR project to realize one its key roles in the international fusion research effort: contribute techniques for successful steady-state physics operation of ITER. The new capability also supports the main mission of the KSTAR project. That mission is to establish the scientific and technological bases for an attractive fusion reactor as a future energy source.

Summary

The shape of the plasma boundary in fusion energy experiments, such as KSTAR and ITER, must be carefully controlled to achieve the plasma temperatures and densities required to access and sustain fusion burn. As plasma shapes become taller, or more “elongated,” larger plasma currents can be sustained leading to increased fusion power output, but the requirements for stable control of the vertical position become more stringent. Compared to conventional tokamaks that use magnetic field coils made from copper and located close to the plasma surface, the magnetic field coils in superconducting tokamaks are fewer in number and are located further away to accommodate coil cooling and radiation shielding systems. This coil configuration tends to couple plasma control loops that are largely decoupled in conventional tokamaks. The new digital control algorithm developed in the KSTAR plasma control system integrates multiple control schemes to effectively decouple the vertical position control from other control loops used to maintain the plasma current, plasma shape, and radial position.

Contact

Dennis Mueller
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
mueller@pppl.gov

Funding

Work supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences. Onsite experiments are supported by Ministry of Science and ICT in Korea, under the KSTAR project.

Publications

D. Mueller, S. Hahn, N. Eidietis, J.G. Bak, J. Barr, M.D. Boyer, D.A. Humphreys, Y. In, Y.M. Jeon, H.S. Kim, M. Lanctot, and M. Walker, “Improvement of vertical stabilization on KSTAR.” APS Division of Plasma Physics Meeting, abstract NO4.011. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2017).

N.W. Eidietis, J. Barr, S.H. Hahn, D.A. Humphreys, Y.K. In, Y.M. Jeon, M. Lanctot, D. Mueller, and M. Walker, “Control advances for achieving the ITER baseline scenario on KSTAR.” APS Division of Plasma Physics Meeting, abstract NO4.010. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2017).

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Printing on Patrol

What if our military could dramatically reduce the amount of materials and equipment held on the front lines by printing only what they need? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are aiming to do this with new advances in 3-D printing.

Using 3-D printing, scientists can produce virtually anything from plastics, metals or even ceramics. Argonne physicist Tao Sun and his collaborators are studying the laser powder bed fusion process for metals through the intense synchrotron X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at Argonne.

“The laser–metal interaction happens very quickly,” said Sun. “We captured the process at rates beyond a million frames a second using the high-speed X-ray instrument at the Advanced Photon Source. We can study the resulting movie frame by frame to examine how the material’s microstructure forms.”

Sun’s project co-leader, materials scientist Aaron Greco, approaches the process from another angle. “After printing, we examine the product’s resulting microstructure and defects,” said Greco. “We use a variety of techniques, including optical and electron microscopy and even tomography at the Advanced Photon Source, to validate the models.”

“Our goal is to explore new possibilities,” said Greco. “Industries are currently limited to a certain set of metal alloys. But what about new ones? If you understand the physical properties related to how to print new alloys, you can adopt these into the process and improve the speed and reliability of printing.”

How would additive manufacturing benefit the defense industry? “This technology can be used in the field to create parts quickly and accurately while also eliminating transportation costs,” Greco said.

The potential applications, said Greco, are nearly endless. Examples include aerospace vehicles, jet engines and lightweighting of vehicles of any type. “Our process enables users to control defect formation with the output being highly reproducible and certifiable. Using this experimental platform enables us to investigate new approaches to printing new and different materials. We’re able to predict and control the process, minimize defects and reduce the need for qualification testing. And we’re finding this benefit has application for any entity in the Department of Defense space.”

Research using titanium enables Greco’s team to study different types of materials and metal alloys, design new alloys or improve the printability and manufacturability of alloys. The team is also creating high-temperature, high-strength alloys that lead to improved outcomes.

Scientists now have the potential to augment the process, Greco said. “Our advances allow users to change the printing parameters to improve the material properties of what they’re printing, to create parts with enhanced hardness, strength or even corrosion resistance.”

According to Keith Bradley, director of National Security Programs at Argonne, the defense industry is likely to be interested in these Argonne findings because the advancements align with the industry’s goals — namely, to keep the United States safe and to proactively prevent adversaries from using technology for nefarious purposes.

“Argonne is one of several labs focused on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including dual-use technologies that can be repurposed from peaceful uses to military applications,” Bradley observed.

“It’s essential for the defense industry to continuously seek a competitive edge,” said Bradley. “For this reason, the industry is always tracking technological innovations to determine whether they can help advance their mission.”

Because military requirements often differ significantly from those of commercial or consumer markets, Bradley said, a national laboratory like Argonne is perfectly positioned to help overcome any obstacles in 3-D printing.

“Argonne’s broad expertise in materials science can help the military understand how to produce things that meet their specifications,” Bradley noted.

Research in this area was supported, in part, by DOE’s National Nuclear Security Agency, its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Grumman Corp. and the University of Missouri Research Board.

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit nnsa.energy.gov for more information.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supports early-stage research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that make energy more affordable and strengthen the reliability, resilience, and security of the U.S. electric grid.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America’s scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.

City of Bend seeking applicants for Budget Committee

The City of Bend is seeking applicants to fill a position on the Budget Committee. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

The City’s Budget Committee is comprised of the seven City Councilors and an equal number of citizen members. The committee receives the City Manager’s proposed biennial budget and budget message, which explains the proposed budget and significant changes in the City’s financial position.

All Budget Committee meetings are open to the public, and citizens are given an opportunity to ask questions about or comment on the proposed budget. The Budget Committee may make additions or changes to the proposed budget, at which time the committee will approve the document and forward it to the City Council for adoption.

Applicants must be residents of the City of Bend.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. 

To apply for the Budget Committee, fill out the online application form:
https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/citizen-committees/advisory-committee-application

For more information regarding the Budget Committee: http://www.bendoregon.gov/government/citizen-committees/budget-committee