ORNL in the News

A Diamond in Dogpatch: The 75th Anniversary of the Graphite Reactor, Part 2

(Nuclear News) Part II of Dr. Sherrell R. Greene’s article on the history of the ORNL Graphite Reactor has just been published in the December Issue of the American Nuclear Society’s monthly magazine, Nuclear News.  The article, entitled “A diamond in Dogpatch: The 75th anniversary of the Graphite Reactor – Part 2: The Postwar Years,” traces the contributions of the Graphite Reactor to the founding of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the emergence of “Big Science,” and the development of many of the technologies upon which modern society depends. (Part I of the article appeared in the November 2018 issue of Nuclear News.)...[Subscription required] (December 2018)

City of Knoxville demonstrates new precision de-icing technology developed by ORNL

(Newswise) The City of Knoxville demonstrated a new de-icing device made possible by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The technology aims to more efficiently and effectively regulate brine distribution on the road during snowy weather...12/11


ORNL 3D printed neutron scattering collimators that are better and cheaper

(3ders.org) ...Bianca Haberl, coordinator of high-pressure experiments conducted at ORNL’s Neutron Sciences Directorate, explains, “You have your sample, and you use these incident beam collimators to make sure you only look at the sample. They make sure you only see the parts you want to see rather than the big lumps of metal around it that you don’t care about.”...12/11

ORNL's Megan Bradley receives Young Professionals of Knoxville award

(Oak Ridger) Megan Bradley, a staff member at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently won the Young Professionals of Knoxville Impact award, conferred on area professionals ages 21-40 who improve the Knoxville, Tenn., community by taking leadership roles in community service organizations and achieving career success...12/7

Using Fiber Optics, ORNL Team Demonstrates Universal Quantum Computing

(Photonics Media) ...Brian Williams, Joseph Lukens, Pavel Lougovski, and Nicholas Peter, research scientists with ORNL’s Quantum Information Science Group, have demonstrated two simultaneous operations on two qubits, a new capability that represents a building block toward quantum computing...12/10

Science and Technology

'Dropout' rate for academic scientists has risen sharply in past 50 years, study finds

(PhysOrg) Half of the people pursuing careers as scientists at higher education institutions will drop out of the field after five years, according to a new analysis from researchers at Indiana University Bloomington...12/10

Energy and Science Policy

White House Releases STEM Education Strategy

(AIP) The Trump administration’s newly released five-year strategic plan for federal STEM education programs calls for an expansion of work-based learning opportunities, increased engagement of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and improved STEM literacy across the entire U.S. population, with a focus on computational and mathematical skills...12/11


Barely Scratching The Surface: A New Way To Make Robust Membranes

(ScienMag) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are designing ways to treat membranes so they can filter liquids better and resist degradation from industrial processing chemicals and biofoulants...12/12

Researchers: Sawdust is Next Wave in Renewable Energy

(R&D Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell mechanical engineering professor that is working to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts...12/12

Department of Energy to support national offshore wind R&D consortium

(Windpower Engineering) The Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office announced that it is supporting a $41 million national offshore wind R&D consortium to facilitate the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry through a number of initiatives...12/12

Local and State

UT Home to Several Most Cited Researchers

(Tennessee Today) When peers cite a faculty member’s research, it’s a solid indication of the respect they have attained in their field...All five hold joint appointments with ORNL. Also selected were ORNL’s Sergei Kalinin, Richard Norby, and Bobby Sumpter, all of whom work with the ORNL-UT Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education...12/12

Crews finish preparing site for Mercury Treatment Facility at Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it has completed the site preparations for the construction of the Mercury Treatment Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex...12/12

Is Wednesday's earthquake a sign of things to come in Tennessee?

(WVLT-TV) The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt as far away as Atlanta...12/12

UT Researcher Takes the Measure of Life Underground

(WUOT) The microscopic organisms that live in the Earth's crust have a total carbon mass far greater than that of the humans who live on the planet's surface, according to a new paper co-authored by a University of Tennessee researcher...12/10