ORNL in the News

ORNL’s Wagner wins E.O Lawrence Award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) John Wagner, research engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences. He is one of six honorees with the 2013 award that honors Nobel Laureate who was the inventor of the cyclotron...4/16

NNSA awards $25 million nonproliferation grant to group that includes ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Nuclear Security Administration on Wednesday announced a $25 million nuclear nonproliferation grant to a consortium that is led by North Carolina State University and includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/16

Researcher's protein crystal experiment set to fly to ISS

(PhysOrg) A University of Alabama in Huntsville biology professor's experiment that is set to fly to the International Space Station could shed new light on the roles enzymes play in biological processes. Developed by UAH-owned company iXpressGenes in association with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and utilizing a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space...4/15

Alexander: ORNL chief’s ‘Red Team’ review could be model for savings on energy projects

(Oak Ridger) ...U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has called for a special Senate hearing on whether an ongoing review of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Oak Ridge could serve as a model to improve oversight of U.S. Department of Energy projects...4/15

Not yet on new UT-Battelle contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Back in December, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann brought the news to Oak Ridge that UT-Battelle, the managing contractor at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000, was going to get another contract extension. While ORNL Director Thom Mason noted that it wasn’t quite a done deal and still required a newly negotiated contract, he was obviously pleased...4/16

Anasys licenses ORNL nanoscale mass spectrometry imaging technology

(Oak Ridge Today) Anasys Instruments Corp. has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that allows for simultaneous chemical and physical characterization and could lead to advances in materials and drug development...4/16

Science and Technology

Japan Company To Give Maglev Tech To U.S. For Free

(Popular Science) The Japanese rail operator JR Tokai said it would not charge the US to license its proprietary "maglev" technology, which allows trains to hover about 4 inches (10 centimeters) above tracks and travel at speeds of 310 mph...4/14

Power from the oceans: Blue energy

(Nature) Several kilometres off the coast near Perth in Western Australia, hidden beneath the waves and out of sight of watchful boaters, three giant buoys will soon begin producing electricity as they bob to the rhythm of the Indian Ocean...4/15

Energy and Science Policy

House and Senate Hearings on Defense Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) Senior Pentagon officials appeared before House and Senate Armed Services subcommittees to discuss the FY 2015 request for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense. There were few if any expressed differences between the subcommittee members...4/15

DOE

CNS chief says there is no ‘slash-and-burn’ strategy in the works at Y-12 and Pantex

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Consolidated Nuclear Security has promised to save the government more than $3 billion over the next 10 years by efficiently combining the management of the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants...4/16

How Synchrophasors are Bringing the Grid into the 21st Century

(Energy.gov) ...A synchrophasor is a sophisticated monitoring device that can measure the instantaneous voltage, current and frequency at specific locations on the grid. This gives operators a near-real-time picture of what is happening on the system, and allows them to make decisions to prevent power outages...4/16

Oak Ridge centrifuge workers in limbo

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With the future of the American Centrifuge Program unsettled and uncertain, about 300 workers at a centrifuge manufacturing plant in Oak Ridge have received official notices warning them that layoffs could be forthcoming...4/11

Local and STate

Inside Knoxville's Sustainability Efforts

(Metro Pulse) ...Making Knoxville a sustainable city has been a priority for Mayor Madeline Rogero ever since she first ran for office, and she worked up some momentum with the issue as director of community development for the Haslam administration...4/16

Oak Ridge Schools seeks to become top STEM district in country

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge Schools is attempting to become the premier district in the nation for science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, education...4/15

ORNL’s Payne to serve as AC chair for Children’s Hospital campaign

(Oak Ridge Today) Each year, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital gets more than 148,000 visits from tens of thousands of children across 16 counties in Tennessee...Terry L. Payne of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has volunteered to be the Anderson County campaign chair as Children’s Hospital, which plans to expand, seeks support to better serve the region’s children...4/15

UT Forum to Look at How TVA Determines its Energy Portfolio

(Tennessee Today) How does a large electric utility like the Tennessee Valley Authority decide how to structure its energy portfolio to make the most economic sense while recognizing future uncertainty?...4/3