Thursday, February 11, 2016
ORNL in the News

UT-ORNL Study: No Double Magic for Calcium-52

(Tennessee Today) Nuclear theorists from UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among the researchers who have found that Calcium-52 doesn’t quite have the magic scientists once thought. The results were published this week in Nature Physics...2/10

Pro2Serve, Covenant partnership will use ORNL technology to solve healthcare’s information overload

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Professional Project Services of Oak Ridge and Knoxville healthcare system Covenant Health have launched a joint venture, VortexT Analytics, using technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the national security industry to securely compile and analyze an ever-growing volume of patient data in the healthcare field...2/8

Better fluorescent lighting through physics

(Illinois Manufacturing Association) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created new kinds of fluorescent lighting phosphors that use far less rare-earth elements than current technology...2/10

ORNL’s Mason talks about the FY 2017 budget request

(The Knoxville news Sentinel) A big emphasis in Department of Energy’s proposed FY 2017 budget is the so-called Mission Innovation, which is an agreement between the United States and 19 other countries to double research on clean energy over the next five years...2/9

Valpo Secures Funding For Nuclear Research

(Inside Indiana) Valparaiso University has received two grants to be used for nuclear physics research. They include $210,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy and $129,000 from the National Science Foundation...The NSF grant provides funding for students to work with physicists throughout the world in an experiment being carried out at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...2/10

Science and Technology

Gravitational WavesLIGO live: Inside the hunt for gravitational waves

(Nature News) On 11 February, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is giving a "status report" on its effort to detect gravitational waves, ripples in space-time predicted by Albert Einstein almost exactly 100 years ago. LIGO is widely expected to announce that it has made the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves...2/11

Energy and Science Policy

A Pile of BenjaminsBudget 2017: Read our round up of Obama's science funding requests

(Science Insider/AAAS) ...The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science would get $5.672 billion under the request, a 4.2% increase over existing levels. The White House is also asking Congress to create a new $100 million fund, to be awarded competitively to university researchers, which would be paid for through a dedicated mandatory funding stream, not the usual budgeting process...2/9


Budget request would boost UPF funding to $575M

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Obama administration's budget request for fiscal year 2017 includes $575 million for the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. If approved by Congress, that figure would be a significant bump up from the current funding level of $430 million...2/10

S.C. attorney general files lawsuit against Department of Energy to finish MOX project

(Charleston Post and Courier) S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Department of Energy to finish the mixed oxide fuel fabrication, or MOX, project at the Savannah River Site, the same day President Barack Obama submitted his final federal budget proposal to Congress calling for the program’s termination...2/9

Oak Ridge cleanup funding proposed at $391.4M

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The funding request for the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge cleanup program in Fiscal Year 2017 is set at $391.4 million, according to Mike Koentop, executive officer of DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. That proposed funding level for FY2017 is below the current year's appropriation of $468 million, which was the highest in a few years...2/10

Particle AcceleratorExploring the Heart of Matter

( Our visible universe is almost entirely underpinned by the tiny particles and forces that reside in the nucleus of the atom, the very heart of matter. To gain a better understanding of our universe, nuclear physicists must plumb the depths of the atomic nucleus, which is 10,000 times smaller than the already minuscule atom....2/10

Local and State

Tuition freeze for public colleges advances in Tenn. Senate

( A bid to freeze tuition at public colleges and universities and colleges in Tennessee is advancing in the state Senate. The Senate Education Committee voted 9-0 in favor of the measure sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville on Wednesday. Under the bill, students would pay the same tuition for all four years in college. And any major tuition hike would have to gain unanimous approval by the school's governing board...2/10