February 2000


Friends of ORNL sets its 2000 community talks

Friends of ORNL, the organization of Lab supporters, has rolled out its Community Lecture Series for 2000 with an impressive slate of monthly talks, beginning this month.

Dr. Robert A. Charpie, chairman of Ampersand Ventures, Wellesley, Mass., will give a talk on February 23, titled “Creating New Businesses in Oak Ridge—What Does it Take?” Charpie is the former president of Bell and Howell and president and CEO of Cabot Corporation. Before that he was assistant director of ORNL. He’ll be introduced by Bill Manly, who consults with ORNL on technology transfer.

Jay Searcy will recount his progression from “Manhattan Project Brat to Manhattan Daily Scribe” on March 15. Searcy is senior writer and former executive sports editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and also worked at The New York Times and the Oak Ridger. He’ll be introduced by Don Lane.

Deirdre Barrett of Harvard Medical School will talk about “Dreams and Creative Problem Solving” on April 6. Barrett is a past-president of the Association for the Study of Dreams and author of The Pregnant Man: Tales from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch. She’ll be introduced by her parents, Barbara and retired ORNL physicist John Barrett.

Dr. Thomas H. Pigford, retired professor of nuclear engineering at Berkeley and member of the commission that investigated the Three Mile Island accident, will describe “The Plutonium Paradox” on May 4. George Jasny, who studied under Pigford at the MIT Practice School at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, will introduce him. This talk will include the presentation of the Third Annual International Friendship Bell Award.

The lectures are sponsored by the Friends of ORNL with support from Lockheed Martin, Bechtel-Jacobs and the Oak Ridger. All lectures start at 8 p.m. at the auditorium of the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 South Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge. Receptions will follow the talks.