Wednesday, March 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

Wounded warriors join fight against child porn

(WBIR) [video at link] A $1 million gift will help a national group with an active base in Knoxville further its mission to protect children...For several years, NAPC has partnered with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...3/4

Mason: 'It's always good when you get someone who's knowledgeable'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Here's what Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason had to say about President Obama's nomination of MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to be the next energy secretary...3/4

 

DOE

Obama Nominates a Fighter and an Engineer at the EPA and the Energy Department

(TIME) Perhaps nowhere is President Obama’s temperamental tendency towards compromise clearer than in his environmental and energy policy. Obama has overseen the largest government investment ever in renewable energy, laid out aggressive standards on auto efficiency and supported some air pollution regulations that have restricted coal power...3/4

Energy Department Accelerates the Deployment of Advanced Vehicle Technologies with Private Industry Partnerships

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to speeding the transition to more sustainable energy sources that will help drive economic growth, the Energy Department today announced 16 major U.S. employers and two stakeholder groups have joined the Workplace Charging Challenge to give more American workers access to new transportation options...3/5

 

National

What's next? Chavez's death leaves many questions

(CNN) Thousands of Venezuelans are expected to line the streets Wednesday morning as Hugo Chavez's remains are taken from the military hospital where he died to the Fuerte Tiuna Military Academy in Caracas...3/6

Dow closes at record high

(Tennessean) The Dow Jones industrial average rewrote the Wall Street record books Tuesday, taking out its old 2007 high as it soared 125.95 points on its way to a fresh closing peak of 14,253.77...3/6

East Tennessee

Sheriff says security officers make more sense than deputies for schools

(WATE) About 100 people, from teachers to parents and even some students, attended Tuesday's community forum on school safety...3/5

Knox County audit raises questions, possible risk in e-card program but no fraud

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Some Knox County employees exceeded mandated spending limits on purchasing cards, failed to turn in proper documents that detail what they bought and, in one case, even used an account assigned to a former employee, according to an internal audit released Tuesday...3/5

energy & science policy

Fermilab Researchers Could Face Furloughs

(AAAS) The automatic budget cuts known as sequestration could mean furloughs of up to a week for some 2000 employees at the only U.S. lab dedicated to particle physics. The cancellation of several research grant programs and delays in upgrades to major research facilities are also on the horizon, the head of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science told a congressional committee this morning...3/5

MIT’s Science Policy Initiative travels to Capitol Hill in support of research funding

(MIT News) On March 12 and 13, students in the MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) will take their voices to Capitol Hill to argue for structured and sustainable funding schemes for research and training in science, technology and engineering...3/5

science & technology

A National Strategy for Advancing Climate Modeling

Users of Climate Data(earthzine) Climate modeling isn’t simply a scientific exercise but a crucial tool that can inform planning and decisions for issues with enormous economic ramifications, potentially billions of dollars’ worth...3/5

Biomass analysis tool is faster, more precise

(e! Science News) A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry: determining cell wall chemistry to find plants with ideal genes...3/5

CDC sounds alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs

resistance genes(USA Today) A family of "nightmare" superbugs — untreatable and often deadly — is spreading through hospitals across the USA, and doctors fear that it may soon be too late to stop them, senior health officials said Tuesday...3/5

Statistical Physics Offers a New Way to Look at Climate

Numerical versus Statistical model(Science Daily) Statistical physics offers an approach to studying climate change that could dramatically reduce the time and brute-force computing that current simulation techniques require...3/5