ORNL in the News

ORNL supports two new DOE-Funded Projects

(Nuclear Exchange) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will support two new DOE-funded projects to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies. The projects declared on Jan. 15 will allow industry-led teams with participants from universities and national laboratories to further nuclear energy technology...2/6

Cadillac ATSE25, E40 for the masses

(Ethanol Producer Magazine) Which needs to come first, a new high-octane midlevel ethanol blend or new vehicles optimized to more efficiently take advantage of the higher octane content? "It is that classic chicken and egg thing," says Timothy Theiss, bioenergy technologies program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/4

2016 Detroit Free Press Automotive Difference Maker honorees announced

(Detroit Free Press) ...Building on research by Oak Ridge National Labs and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, Ford, DowAksa and IACMI are pioneering processes to use carbon fiber to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and make the next generation of family cars and trucks stronger and safer...2/5

UC Berkeley to lead new $25M nuclear science and security consortium

(UC Berkeley News) A new $25 million grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) puts UC Berkeley at the head of a multi-institution consortium focused on research that supports nuclear science, national security and nuclear nonproliferation...The five national laboratories are Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories...2/5

Science and Technology

CSIROJob cuts in Australia target climate scientists

(Nature News) Hundreds of climate researchers at Australia's national science agency are set to lose their jobs after the organization announced that it would shift its strategy away from basic climate science. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) employs thousands of scientists across Australia, and has been a leader in climate modelling and ocean observation in the Southern Hemisphere for decades...2/5

Energy and Science Policy

White House wants $1 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer moonshot. Where will it come from?

(Science Insider/AAAS) The White House’s announcement yesterday that it wants to spend $1 billion to jump-start Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot is music to the ears of cancer researchers. Unclear, however, is how much existing money will be reshuffled at the National Institutes of Health...2/2


Audit will dig into energy department record keeping

(Portland Tribune) The Oregon Secretary of State’s office plans to investigate whether poor record keeping at the state Department of Energy could have hidden fraud in the controversial business energy tax credit program...2/5

Graphite BallsDepartment of Energy planning to import nuclear waste to SRS

(WAGT) Foreign nuclear waste might be headed to the CSRA. The Department of Energy is considering importing graphite balls with enriched uranium from German nuclear reactors. They will be sent to the Savannah River Site to conduct research and dispose of them...2/4

Mike WetherillToledo native new director of oldest national energy research lab in U.S.

(The Blade) ...Toledo native Michael Witherell, vice chancellor for research at the University of California Santa Barbara since 2005, will begin his new job as director of the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., on March 1. He will replace outgoing director Paul Alivisatos...2/5

Local and State

McClung Museum to host free family programs

(Maryville Daily Times) Families are invited to enjoy free programming throughout the month of February at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The museum will host a free Stroller Tour and activity from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8. This program will celebrate love around the world in honor of Valentine's Day. ...2/6

SunsphereVisit Knoxville plans lots of events for city's 225th anniversary

(WVLT) The City of Knoxville held a big kickoff for the city's 225th anniversary celebration Friday morning. Visit Knoxville is teaming up with several art, historical and cultural organizations around the city to highlight Knoxville's unique past...2/5