Thursday, February 16, 2012
ORNL in the News










US Energy Secretary Steven Chu visits ORNL, experiences nuclear in 3D

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu made a quick visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Wednesday, got a briefing on advanced computer simulations of nuclear energy and even took a turn experiencing the 3-D environment of a virtual reactor's nuclear core...2/15

How would President Obama's budget affect ORNL?

( President Barack Obama says his new budget helps reduce spending overtime and will spur job growth. Republicans say it adds to the deficit and raises taxes. But how does the new budget impact government work in East Tennessee?...2/14

Virginia Tech Partners with UT-Battelle on Wireless Research

(Radio Resource media Group) Virginia Tech and UT-Battelle signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to collaborate on wireless communications and cognitive radio research at Virginia Tech. UT-Battelle, which manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will work with Wireless@Virginia, one of the largest U.S. university wireless research groups...2/15


Secretary Chu Visits Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant

( Energy Secretary Steven Chu traveled to Waynesboro, Georgia, to visit the Vogtle nuclear power plant, the site of what will be the first new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in three decades...2/15

State & Regional

Tennessee among 10 states freed from No Child Left Behind requirements

(Washington Post) President Barack Obama says his decision to free 10 states from the No Child Left Behind education law will give the flexibility they need to set high standards for students and hold schools accountable...2/9


As Wars Wind Down, What Are U.S. Security Needs?

(NPR) U.S. troops have already left Iraq, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, and there hasn't been a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 2001. So is America now safe enough to scale back its emphasis on security?...2/15

East Tennessee

UT engages in national recycling competition

(UT Beacon) ...The event helps benchmark where UT stands on recycling, both in comparison to its past endeavors and also to other universities. Last year, UT placed third in the Southeastern Conference for per capita recycling....2/15

energy & science policy

Obama shoots for science increase

(Nature News) US president wants to make room for research to grow in 2013 — but faces an uphill battle...2/15

FY 2013 Request for Defense Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) ...“The 2013 Budget invests in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) long-term scientific and technological innovation to ensure that the Nation has access to the best defense systems in the world. The Budget proposes $71.2 billion for DOD R&D, a $1.5 billion decrease from the 2012 funding level, including $11.9 billion for early-stage science and technology programs (S&T)...2/15

science & technology

New Nano-Material Combinations Produce Leap in Infrared Technology

(Science Daily) Arizona State University researchers are finding ways to improve infrared photodetector technology that is critical to national defense and security systems, as well as used increasingly in medical diagnostics, commercial applications and consumer products...2/14

Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science

(NY Times) Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars...2/15

Will Hurricanes Wipe Out Offshore Wind Farms?

(Popular Mechanics) A new study says that the high winds of severe storms could wreck nearly half of U.S. offshore wind turbines within a 20-year period. Can turbine builders make hurricane-resistant wind farms?...2/14

Other Stories

How to Interpret Iran’s New Nuclear Advances

(Time) The nuclear advances announced Wednesday by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are a prelude to an expected new round of talks between Tehran and Western powers — and also a moment of electioneering by a political faction struggling to retain its grip on the country’s elected institutions...2/15