Monday, February 4, 2013
ORNL in the News

Lonnie LoveManufacturers access next-generation technologies at Oak Ridge laboratory

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two East Tennessee companies are taking advantage of a year-old facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help them build robots used by first responders and medical devices to help set difficult fractures...2/4

People and honors: February 3

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce added the following officers to its board: chairman, Larry Stephens, Michael Brady Inc.; chair-elect, Dr. Terry Payne, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; treasurer, Natalie Erb, Allstate-The Erb Agency...2/3

DOE

Steven ChuLetter from Secretary Steven Chu to Energy Department Employees Announcing His Decision Not to Serve a Second Term

(Energy.gov) In a letter to Energy Department employees today, Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlighted the tremendous progress of the last four years, and announced his decision to not serve a second term as Secretary...2/1

Who's running Y-12?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration and its primary contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant are refusing to release information on who's managing the government installation with a billion-dollar annual budget...2/1

State & Regional

Education, experience don't make good teachers, TN research shows

(The Tennessean) Research conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education shows teacher effectiveness is not related to either experience or advanced degrees, according to a presentation made to the State Board of Education this morning...2/1

TennCare debate simmers over possible expansion

(The Tennessean) It would be difficult to argue that Joyce Coggin does not receive medical care. Figuring out who pays for it is where things get complicated...2/4

National

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton Formally Resigns As Secretary Of State

(NPR) Hillary Clinton formally resigned as the 67th secretary of state, just moments ago. In a letter to President Obama, she said it was an "honor to serve." "I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America's global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world," she said...2/4

U.S. Added 157,000 Jobs In January; Unemployment Rises To 7.9%

(Forbes) Only slightly emboldened by the compromise on tax increases reached in early January, American employers added 157,000 last month. The unemployment rate, meantime, climbed slightly to 7.9%, new Labor Department figures show...2/1

U.S. attempts to restart peace talks with Taliban

(Washington Post) When President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Jan. 11 that a negotiating office for the Taliban was about to open in the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, optimism soared within the administration that peace talks would soon be back on track...2/4

East Tennessee

January: Wettest in 131 years; is February snow coming?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) If the month of January felt particularly wet, that's because it was. Knoxville received 12.67 inches of rain, making it the month's second-highest precipitation total on record...2/1

energy & science policy

Energy Funding Outlook Looks Bleak as Obama Begins Second Term

(MIT Technology Review) As a result of impending mandatory spending cuts known as sequestration, the first 100 days of President Obama’s second term couldn’t be more different from those of his first...“The joke is that flat is the new doubling,” says Thom Mason, head of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest science and energy lab in the U.S. Department of Energy’s system...2/1

STEM Education: An Update and Overview of Policy Discussions

(AIP) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is a subject of much discussion in Washington. The National Research Council report, Research Universities and the Future of America, was the topic of two hearings in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the last Congress and continues to generate discussion among policy makers....2/1

science & technology

African SavannaVegetation Changes in Cradle of Humanity: Study Raises Questions About Impact On Human Evolution

(Science Daily) What came first: the bipedal human ancestor or the grassland encroaching on the forest? A new analysis of the past 12 million years' of vegetation change in the cradle of humanity is challenging long-held beliefs about the world in which our ancestors took shape -- and, by extension, the impact it had on them...1/31

RNA FragmentRNA Fragments May Yield Rapid, Accurate Cancer Diagnosis

(Scientific American) Fragments of RNA that cells eject in fatty droplets may point the way to a new era of cancer diagnosis, potentially eliminating the need for invasive tests in certain cases...1/30

Other Stories

Federal Rule Limits Aid to Families Who Can't Afford Employers' Health Coverage

(CNBC) The Obama administration adopted a strict definition of affordable health insurance on Wednesday that will deny federal financial assistance to millions of Americans with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by employers...1/31

Behind the falling US birthrate: too much student debt to afford kids?

(CS Monitor) Karen Hu of Oakton, Va., is 28, married, graduated from law school – and thinking about babies. But that's as far as she and her husband, a software programmer, have gotten: just thinking. What's holding them back?...1/30