Friday, January 2, 2015
ORNL in the News

Accelerating ORNL’s Applications to the Exascale

(Inside HPC) In this video from the Nvidia booth theater at SC14, Buddy Bland from Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents: Accelerating ORNL’s Applications to the Exascale...12/26

Hot cells cleanup at ORNL won’t resume until 2030s; maintenance work continues

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The cleanup and demolition of an old hot-cells facility (Building 3026) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was placed on hold in the spring of 2013 when the project — costing more than anticipated — ran out of available Recovery Act funding...12/30

Honors: ORNL’s Brady receives TMS Brimacombe Medal

(ORNL Today) Michael Brady, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected as one of four recipients to receive The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) 2015 Brimacombe Medalist Award...1/2

Oak Ridge officials are puzzled by failure of targets at Spallation Neutron Source

(Physics Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source, the premier source of pulsed experimental neutrons in the world, has been operating at reduced power due to the premature back-to-back failures of two of the target vessels that are the source of the facility’s experimental neutrons...12/31

Science and Technology

Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

(NPR) A few years ago, disease ecologist David Hayman made the discovery of a lifetime. He was a graduate student at the University of Cambridge. But he spent a lot of that time hiking through the rain forest of Ghana, catching hundreds of fruit bats...1/2

The arXiv preprint server hits 1 million articles

(Nature) The popular preprint server, where physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists routinely upload manuscripts to publicly share their findings before peer review, now holds more than 1 million research articles...12/30

Energy and Science Policy

New U.S. climate model project getting cautious praise

(Science Magazine) Fifteen months ago, academic climate scientists expressed worries that a new climate model sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy was going to harm existing modeling efforts, siphoning off talent and funding when federally funded science is short on both...12/30

Clean Energy Policy Wins and Losses of 2014

(Greentech) Overall, solar deployment expanded dramatically. In some states, growth was aided by expansions to net energy metering and other policies facilitating distributed energy resources. In others, however, those policies came under attack...12/23


UCOR earns $3.67M fee for six-month period

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has awarded URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), DOE’s cleanup manager in Oak Ridge, a total fee of $3,666,294 (out of a maximum available $3.83M) for the six-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2014...12/30

CNS’ first report card will be for 15-month period

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration this week released the award fee numbers for its contractors in the nuclear weapons complex...12/30

New Energy Efficiency Standards to Help Americans Save Money by Saving Energy, Cut Carbon Pollution

( ...The new standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs) are the ninth and tenth standards to be finalized in 2014. Altogether, the ten standards finalized this year will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 435 million metric tons and save American families and businesses $78 billion in electricity bills through 2030...12/31

Local and State

Spy worked at Y-12, Tennessee Eastman Co.

(Oak Ridger) Continuing with the fourth and final installment of the Historically Speaking series on Manhattan Project spies with connections to Oak Ridge, we now examine Al Slack. According to John Googin’s autobiography, Al Slack was a shift supervisor at Y-12 during the Manhattan Project...12/29

New Positions Highlight Eastman’s $2M Engineering Commitment to UT

(Tennessee Today) UT’s College of Engineering and Eastman have built upon the momentum of their partnership by naming two new professors of practice...12/15

New Tennessee laws that take effect Jan. 1

(The Tennessean) Tennessee is now one of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia that have passed laws adding insulin to medications that school staff may volunteer to be trained to administer...12/31