Monday, February 27, 2017
ORNL in the News

Thom MasonMason leaving ORNL for Battelle

(Oak Ridge Today) Thom Mason, the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2007, is leaving the lab for a job at Battelle. Mason announced the move in an email to employees on Friday morning. He will become senior vice president for laboratory operations at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio. Battelle, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, has managed and operated ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy since April 2000...2/24

Bismuth-Iron-OxideControlling the stiffness of a material at the nanoscale

(PhysOrg) ...Researchers led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used an atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique to reveal voltage-induced changes in material stiffness in one of the most widely studied multifunctional material—bismuth iron oxide (BiFeO3)...2/24

Nanodiamond SpheresNeutrons, simulation analysis of tRNA nanodiamond combo could transform drug delivery design principles

(Science Daily) It's not enough to design new drugs. For drugs to be effective, they have to be delivered safely and intact to affected areas of the body. And drug delivery, much like drug design, is an immensely complex task. Cutting-edge research and development like that conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help solve some of the challenges associated with drug delivery...2/25

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles

(EIN Newsdesk) With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing the Impacts of a Biogas-to-Electricity Purchase Incentive on Electric Vehicle Deployment with the MA3T Vehicle Choice Model...[n.d.]

Science and Technology

Biohazard SuitsInside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens

(Nature News) A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns...2/23


Energy and Science Policy

Science Leaders Urge Engagement in Policy at AAAS Meeting

(AIP) The American Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting in Boston last week. At the meeting, speakers discussed the policy and political challenges currently facing science, as well as the best means for scientists to engage with the policy process...2/24


Department of Energy Invests $5.9 Million in Projects to Advance Novel CO2 Utilization Strategies

(EIN News) The U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected seven projects to receive $5.9 million to focus on novel ways to use carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants.  In addition to federal funding, each project will also include non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent...[n.d.]

EU says US energy summits will continue

(EU Observer) The European Union expects to continue annual energy summits with the United States, but sources in and around the US department of energy cannot confirm they will. "The EU side expects the energy council to continue and will be discussing with US counterparts in due course appropriate timing and agenda topics," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for the European Commission. ...2/22

Local and State

Gas tax proposal hits jam in House committee

(WATE TV) A key vote on efforts to boost transportation funding in Tennessee has been put off by at least a week. House Transportation Subcommittee Chairwoman Terri Lynn Weaver on Wednesday decided to first take up a rival proposal to Gov. Bill Haslam's plan introduced by Republican Rep. David Hawk...2/22

Clingmans Dome hosting solar eclipse event

(WVLT TV) Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced plans for the Great American Total Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. The park will host a ticketed event at Clingmans Dome for 1,325 people and informal eclipse viewing sites at Cades Cove and Oconaluftee. The park is teaming up with NASA, Southwestern Community College and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to provide a special event featuring speakers and storytellers that will talk about the science and cultural connection behind the event...2/24