Monday, February 13, 2013
ORNL in the News

‘Handful’ of ORNL scientists from countries included in travel ban, but no effect so far

(Oak Ridge Today) A “handful of scientists” working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are citizens of the seven countries that were barred from entering the United States for up to 90 days under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last month, but so far, the travel ban hasn’t had an effect at the lab, officials said Friday...2/10


ORNL Wins Four FLC Technology Transfer Awards

(Printed Electronics) Four technologies developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have earned Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) awards for excellence in technology transfer...Mike Paulus, ORNL's director of technology transfer, noted that it is especially significant that ORNL won four of the 19 FLC awards for excellence in technology transfer...2/10

Global HPC Centers Form Accelerated Computing Institute

(Inside HPC) ...The agreement authorizes the creation of the Accelerated Data Analytics and Computing (ADAC) institute to support collaborative projects and programs that bridge the respective HPC missions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich)...2/10

BU College of Engineering receives NEXTCAR grant

(University Business Magazine) The Boston University College of Engineering announced it is a co-investigator for a $3.36 million grant received by Oak Ridge National Laboratory from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) NEXTCAR program. ..2/9

Science and Technology

Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints

(Nature News) Life scientists keen to share their findings online before peer review are spoilt for choice. Whereas physicists gravitate to one repository — the 'preprint' server arXiv — life sciences has a fast-growing roster of venues for preprints. There's the biology-focused bioRxiv, and a biology section on arXiv too...2/13

Energy and Science Policy

Federal bill strengthens separation of science and politics

(Santa Fe New Mexican) Congressional Democrats including New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are pushing back against the Trump administration to prevent it from interfering with scientific research and publicly available information...2/11


Y-12 wins TN environmental award

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Energy savings at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge were lauded by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, according to a news release. The Chamber recognized the Y-12 National Security Complex with one of its Environment & Energy Awards, winning the Comprehensive Energy Excellence Award...2/9

Local and State

Tennessee lawmaker introduces campus free speech bill

(WATE TV) State Rep. Martin Daniel filed Thursday what he calls the Tennessee Student Free Expression Act, which would require colleges to adopt free speech policies to give the broadest possible latitude, not shielding anyone from “ideas and opinions considered unwelcome, disagreeable or even deeply offensive.”...2/9

Bill would make drivers immune from civil liability in protests

(WBIR TV) A bill filed in the Tennessee general assembly would make drivers immune from civil liability if they hit a protestor. Senate Bill 944, filed Thursday by Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, reads: "A person driving an automobile who is exercising due care and injures another person who is participating in a protest or demonstration and is blocking traffic in a public right of way is immune from civil liability for such injury."...2/13

Oak Ridge-based Protomet growing at 20

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Oak Ridge-based design and manufacturing firm is celebrating its 20th anniversary with new products and continuing plans for expansion of both its physical plant and payroll. Founder Jeff Bohanon worked at the Y-12 National Security Complex for 12 years and began a consulting business with another engineer. Within a year, Mercedes asked them to work on a project...2/10