Thursday, January 7, 2016
ORNL in the News

Satyabrata SenORNL’s Sen receives Drell Award

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Satyabrata Sen, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the Sidney D. Drell Academic Award from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an organization of groups within the national security and intelligence communities...1/6

ORNL Industry DayORNL sees results from Industry Day

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) There was a big turnout back in September for the first-ever Industry Day at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. More than 350 people registered for the event, which was sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and about 110 companies from around the region and beyond were represented...1/4

Oak Ridge Physicists Patent a Quantum Mechanical Burglar Alarm

(Motherboard) Quantum mechanics could find a near-immediate real-world application in an unexpected place: burglar alarms. This is according to physicists at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory who describe a "tamper indicating quantum seal" in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Applied (a paper which can also be found at arXiv). Imagined uses for the technology include safeguarding nuclear materials and sensitive documents....1/6

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2016

(Technobahn) With the creation of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory makes available tools and capabilities with applications in environment, energy, infrastructure, security and humanitarian efforts...1/6

Science and Technology

Science-driven strategies for more effective endangered species recovery

(Science Daily) The Endangered Species Act (ESA), which quietly passed its 42nd birthday last week, has shielded hundreds of species in the United States from extinction and dramatically achieved full recovery for a celebrated few...1/6

Science and Technology

Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access

(Nature News) The Netherlands is leading what it hopes will be a pan-European effort in 2016 to push scholarly publishers towards open-access (OA) business models: making more papers free for all users as soon as they are published...1/6

DOE

Y-12 safety probe uncovers only positives

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In an unusual twist, a safety complaint at the Y-12 nuclear weapons resulted in a virtual endorsement of the contractor's safety programs. The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General launched an investigation of safety practices at the Oak Ridge plant after receiving a complaint that workers were sometimes asked to ignore safety rules and/or commonly encouraged not to report injuries...1/4

ARPA-E Funds the Next Wave of Grid-Distributed Energy Integration

(Green Tech Media) Over the past year, the Department of Energy has been putting an increased focus on technology to integrate renewable energy into everyday grid operations. This work has included opening loan guarantees to distributed renewables, grants to support field tests of distributed energy integration, and future funding plans to support the development of grid modernization technologies...1/5

UCOR gets high marks, $4.5M in fees

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, received high performance marks and a total fee of nearly $4.5 million for its work in the six-month period that ended Sept. 30...1/6

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra to Lead Energy Department’s Clean Energy Investment Center

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra will be the first Director of the Clean Energy Investment Center (CEIC), located within the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT). CEIC was established in 2015 as part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Initiative...1/5