Monday, February 22, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL to support 4 computing-for-manufacturing projects

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced 10 projects with industry as part of the agency’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program, and ORNL will be involved in four of them — each of which will get $300,000 in initial funding...2/21

2020 CensusHow tech can save money for 2020 census

(GCN) The U.S. Census, taken every 10 years, provides a wealth of material to government, businesses and individuals. The cost and complexity of collecting all that data, however, is significant...Other creative population data sources include Oak Ridge National Laboratory's LandScan database and Google Street View. Interns from Roane State Community College are working with Oak Ridge scientists to fine-tune human settlement data using very high resolution satellite images...2/19

NDT trains at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(DVIDS) Two teams from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command conducted training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Feb. 1-5. The two Nuclear Disablement Teams (NDT) conducted nuclear infrastructure and assessment training and trained on specific aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle at Oak Ridge...2/21

China tops foreign visit list at ORNL — again

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory approved 7,863 visits by foreign nationals in 2015, and the biggest number — 1,859 — involved citizens of China. That’s no surprise. China has topped the list every year since 2007, which is as far back at ORNL keeps records, and it’s usually not even close...2/18



Science and Technology

Phylotypic Stage of DevelopmentRedefining part of 300 year-old classification system for grouping members of the animal kingdom

(Science Daily) An international team of biologists has identified the molecular signature of the animal kingdom, providing genetic evidence for an animal classification that has been used for nearly 300 years...2/19

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2017 Budget Request: DOD Basic Research Down 9%, Applied Research Down 3.6%

(AIP) In his fiscal year 2017 budget submission to Congress, President Obama is requesting a 2.6 percent funding increase for Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) conducted by the Department of Defense (DOD), raising the total to $71.8 billion. All of DOD’s voluminous budget materials can be found here...


Reaction to ACP shut down

(Portsmouth Daily Times) In a letter dated Sept. 2, 2008, then-candidate for president Barack Obama sent a letter to then-governor Ted Strickland in which he pledged his support for the Piketon operations, including the promise of a loan guarantee, which never came...2/20

DOE travelers & the city: Do they stay here?

(The Oak Ridger) Tennessee Sens. Randy McNally and Ken Yager and state Reps. John Ragan and Kent Calfee penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy on Oct. 7, 2015, inquiring about the travel practices of Department of Energy workers coming to Oak Ridge...2/19

Energy PosterThe Department of Energy promotes clean energy with funky retro posters

(The Verge) To get us to a better future, the government keeps looking to the past. Following in the footsteps of NASA, the Department of Energy has released its own set of WPA-inspired posters celebrating clean and alternative energy solutions...2/18

Local and State

Tennessee Tech to Host Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit

(Cookeville Herald-Citizen) More than two dozen business leaders representing organizations throughout Putnam and surrounding counties came together last week to learn about the upcoming Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) Summit, which will be hosted by Tennessee Tech University President Dr. Phil Oldham in cooperation with Congressman Diane Black...2/21

Centrus completes centrifuge demonstration, reducing Ohio workforce, continuing Oak Ridge work

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) A centrifuge demonstration is complete in Piketon, Ohio, and the workforce there will be reduced, but  research, engineering, and testing work will continue in Oak Ridge, Centrus Energy Corporation announced Friday...2/20

DNA Double helixUT researchers develop way to better predict disease-causing mutations in human genes

(MNT) Two researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have developed a method that could help clinicians and scientists better predict which mutations in people's genes could cause a disease and which would remain dormant. Using a computational approach, Ogun Adebali and Igor Jouline have created a way to trace the evolutionary history of a human gene much more precisely...2/19