Thursday, January 27, 2011
ORNL in the News

Consortium gives $450,000 for math, science distance learning from ORNL scientists

(AP) The consortium that manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has given $450,000 to Knox County's Great Schools Partnership. UT-Battelle says its gift will fund distance learning programs in science and math for students in Knox and surrounding counties. The Great Schools Partnership is working on several initiatives, including a distance learning network for the 13 high schools in Knox County and those high schools in surrounding counties that want to supplement traditional classroom instruction...1/27

After getting a shout-out from President Obama, ORNL's Kothe says, 'Now we've got to deliver'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It was about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when Doug Kothe, nuclear engineer and director of the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, got a call from ORNL colleague Jess Gehin. Gehin had been online at NPR.org and had found an advance copy of President Obama's State of the Union address. He excitedly told Kothe that he needed to take a look at one of the lines in the speech." . . . At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they're using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities. . . . "...1/26

DOE

Young physicists going head to head

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities will host the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Invitational Young Physicists Tournament...1/26

Microwaves on the way at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After more than a decade in development, the first microwave-casting unit is expected to enter production at the Y-12 nuclear weapons in mid-2011, the plant's general manager said....1/26

State & Regional

Tennessee falls in state science and tech index

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee is falling behind most other states when it comes to converting its science and technology assets into jobs and companies, according to the Milken Institute's State Technology and Science Index for 2010...1/27

National

Color-coded terror warnings to be gone by April 27

(Washington Post) The nation's color-coded terror warning system will be phased out beginning this week, according to government officials familiar with the plan. The officials requested anonymity to speak ahead of an announcement scheduled Thursday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano...1/27

East Tennessee

Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley ® at Epicenter of Nuclear Renaissance

(PRNewswire) With an estimated $10 billion of projects on the horizon, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® finds itself at the epicenter of a rebirth of nuclear power research and construction...1/25

Despite 'anomalies,' Smokies park records steady 2010 visitation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In 2010 - despite weather extremes, landslides and major construction projects - visits to Great Smoky Mountains National Park roughly matched 2009 visits...1/26

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

1/26 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Chu offers details on 'clean' standard
- Bingaman wants details on Obama plan
- White House eyes $7,500 EV rebates
- US R&D spending growth slowing: report
- Obama review may skip new EPA rules

science & technology

The World's Newest, Greenest City: Can It Work?

(Time) The doors swish shut and with the press of a touchscreen button, the Personal Rapid Transit car is off, gliding through the tunnels beneath Abu Dhabi's new Masdar City...1/25

The 10 States That Lead in Science and Technology

(The Atlantic) Which states are leading the country in innovation by attracting educated and highly skilled workers, funding their research, and producing world-leading tech companies?...1/26

'Report card' on science: Most US students aren't 'proficient'

(CS Monitor) Just 34 percent of fourth-graders, 30 percent of eighth-graders, and 21 percent of 12th-graders performed at or above 'proficient' in a national science assessment, according to a NAEP report card...1/25

High-performance capacitor could lead to better rechargeable batteries

(Physorg.com) In order to develop next-generation electric vehicles, solar energy systems, and other clean energy technologies, researchers need an efficient way to store the energy...1/26

Other Stories

Who really runs America's best wireless data network?

(Fortune) The conflicting ads are everywhere. AT&T claims to have "the nation's fastest mobile broadband network." Verizon Wireless says it has the "best network." And Sprint Nextel brags that its early rollout of "4G" technology gives it "industry-leading mobile data services."...1/25