Virtual Symposium

We are pleased to launch the newly completed Virtual Symposium for your viewing enjoyment! The video presentations, Power point presentations, and project reports can serve as useful Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education tools for area schools, colleges, and universities and also provide valuable information to the public at large about applied research projects conducted at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities in Ohio and Kentucky.

The Virtual Symposium is a joint collaboration between the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University (OU) and the Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment at the University of Kentucky (UK). These activities are funded by grants administered by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.

The Virtual Symposium provides online presentations and resources related to OU activities conducted at the DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) site near Piketon, Ohio and UK activities conducted at the DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) site near Paducah, Kentucky.

If you are interested hearing more about OU or UK grant activities and/or if you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Stephanie Howe at Ohio University:

Steve Hampson at University of


Best regards,

Stephanie Howe

Associate Director for Human Capital and Operations 

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University

Steve Hampson

Associate Director for Environmental Remediation and Restoration at the Center for

Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky

Darrell Taulbee, PhD

Industrial Support Coordinator/Program Manager Restoration at the Center for

Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky

PORTSfuture Program update to the PORTS-SSAB, see presentation here:
December 2017 Update to the SSAB

Video documentary

The Ohio University (OU) PORTSfuture project engaged hundreds of community members from Pike, Jackson, Ross, and Scioto counties in developing possible future-use scenarios for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) facility in Piketon, Ohio.

Community groups developed nine possible scenarios that were voted on by the public-at-large during the summer and fall of 2011. OU has summarized the results of the PORTSfuture project and the public preferences. This report has been submitted to the DOE Office of Environmental Management for their consideration as they make clean-up and risk reduction decisions about the site. The PORTSfuture process was documented by Ohio University in a recently released video documentary entitled “Vision”.


Public Outreach Report