Monday, January 30, 2017
ORNL in the News

Haslam visits ORNL to highlight state’s role in discovering tennessine

(Oak Ridge Today) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Friday to congratulate the ORNL team involved in the discovery of the element tennessine, named in recognition of the vital contributions of the state of Tennessee to the international search for new superheavy elements...1/28

King Joins National Laboratory Officials & UMaine to Launch Innovative Partnership to Grow Maine’s Economy

( Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined with officials from the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Maine at Orono (UMaine) to announce the establishment of a partnership between the two that will work to strengthen Maine's forest economy...1/27

Transatomic Power Announces Key Results with Oak Ridge National Lab

(SAT Press Releases) Leading advanced nuclear engineering firm Transatomic Power Corporation (TAP) announced today that scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have verified the viability of reducing nuclear waste production with the company’s technology...1/30

Attack both supply, demand in opioid fight

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The rapidly rising overdose death rate has prompted authorities to form a special task force targeting the drug dealers responsible...The task force aims to use the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's computers to process data in order to identify trends among drug dealers and overdose victims so authorities can “be more proactive,” according to Allen.

Jeffrey VetterVetter Named to HPC Wire’s “People to Watch” List

(Tennessee Today) Jeffrey Vetter, a joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory professor, has been named by HPC Wire to their "People to Watch" list for 2017. Vetter, who works in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Tickle College of Engineering, gave an interview to the magazine that touched on topics ranging from what's coming next in computing to his love of being outside...1/26

Tourassi elected fellow of International Society for Optics and Photonics

(SAT Press Releases) Gina Tourassi, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. The society cited Tourassi “for achievements in biomedical computing and health informatics.”...1/26

Science and Technology

Substantial evidence of holographic universe

(Science Daily) A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram...1/30


Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Comprehensive Bill to Guide Energy Department Science

(AIP) On Jan. 23, the House unanimously passed the “Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act,” which would provide the first-ever comprehensive statutory guidance for DOE’s Office of Science and its network of national laboratories...1/27



Solar, wind, soar at the expense of coal

(Louisville Courier-Journal) A new U.S. Department of Energy report shows which way the nation's energy train is headed, and it's not coal country. Net electricity generation from coal dropped 53 percent between 2006 and September 2016, while electricity generation from natural gas increased by 33 percent. Solar power generation shot up 5,000 percent at utility-scale facilities during the same time.

PNNL begins plans for new Richland research lab

(Tri-City Herald) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is in the early stages of planning for what may be its next large construction project at its Richland campus — an estimated $90 million research building. The Department of Energy laboratory has received initial approval for what is being called the Energy Sciences Capability Project until a permanent name is picked...1/28

Scientist uncovers physics behind plasma-etching process

(PhysOrg) Physicist Igor Kaganovich at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and collaborators have uncovered some of the physics that make possible the etching of silicon computer chips, which power cell phones, computers, and a huge range of electronic devices...

Local and State

Gov. Haslam to give annual State of the State Address on Monday

(WBIR TV) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will give his annual State of the State Address on Monday, where he will discuss how Tennessee faired in 2016 and preview his plans for the state in 2017. The address is set for January 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. ET at the Capitol Building in Nashville...1/30

Tennessee Governor Proposes Rural Broadband Initiative

(Government Technology) Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled plans Wednesday to expand internet broadband service into rural Tennessee, but his proposal won't completely tear down the legal fence around the utility that pioneered the first citywide gigabit-per-second internet service in the Western Hemisphere...1/27