Friday, March 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL’s Reeves wins microscopy society’s outstanding technologist award

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Shawn Reeves has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Technologist Award in Physical Sciences from the Microscopy Society of America. She is a member of the microscopy group in ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division...3/7

Sen. Alexander introduces bill for Manhattan Project park

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today reintroduced legislation that would create a multisite Manhattan Project National Historical Park...The park would include in its designation multiple historic sites in Oak Ridge, including the Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Beta-3 racetracks and Alpha Calutron magnets at Y-12....3/7

Supercomputer Research Enhances Energy Model Accuracy

(Tennessee Today) Imagine a world in which an energy model can attain cost savings, security, and sustainability in buildings. This is the goal of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers working on a project using UT’s Nautilus supercomputer. Called Autotune, the project is developing a methodology which places the bargain of energy efficiency within reach for more commercial and residential buildings..3/7

DOE

Y-12 contract delay is like putting chaos on hold

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The transition of contractors at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant is on hold because of protests lodged against the government’s award of a new combined contract, which includes the management of the Pantex Plant in Texas as well as Y-12...3/6

House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on DOE Office of Science

(AIP) The Department of Energy’s Office of Science “is one of our bill’s top priorities and always has been” said House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) at a March 5 hearing. Frelinghuysen addressed his remarks to the hearing’s sole witness, Office of Science Director William Brinkman, who appeared before the subcommittee to discuss the programs, plans and priorities of the Office of Science (SC)...3/7...3/7

National

North Korea can't hit America, but South Korea and Japan in range

(Reuters) North Korea has plenty of military firepower even if its threat this week of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States is a hollow one, with South Korea most at risk from the isolated regime's artillery and rockets...3/8

State & Regional

Tenn. gains 7,600 jobs; Jan. unemployment rate was 7.7 percent

(WBIR-TV) The unemployment rate in Tennessee in January was 7.7 percent, up one-tenths of a point from December's 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate was 7.9 percent...3/7

East Tennessee

Alexander Inn again makes ‘endangered’ list in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) One of Oak Ridge’s oldest buildings has once again been named one of East Tennessee’s most endangered places. The Alexander Inn was built in 1943 during the Manhattan Project...3/7

energy & science policy

Looming Cuts Add to Problems at Nuclear Site

(NY Times) ...The federal Department of Energy said this week that up to 4,800 workers out of Hanford’s 9,000-person work force, mostly employed by private contractors, could be hit with furloughs or layoffs starting April 1...3/7

science & technology

Metal oxide chips show promise

(Nature) The switches in most electronic circuits are made of silicon, one of the commonest elements. But their successors might contain materials that, for now, are lab-grown oddities: strongly correlated metal oxides...3/6

Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years

(NY Times) Global temperatures are warmer than at any time in at least 4,000 years, scientists reported Thursday, and over the coming decades are likely to surpass levels not seen on the planet since before the last ice age...3/7

Chemists Develop Efficient Material for Carbon Capture

(Science Daily) Chemists at the University of South Florida and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have discovered a more efficient, less expensive and reusable material for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and separation...3/5

Other Stories

Nathan Safferstein, Manhattan Project Agent, Dies

(Policy M1C) Nathan Safferstein, a U.S. counterintelligence agent assigned to the "Manhattan Project" designed by the U.S. Armed forces to produce the atomic bomb during WWII, died Tuesday night in the Bronx at age 92 after battling a prolonged illness according to his family...3/7

America's Skilled Trades Dilemma: Shortages Loom As Most-In-Demand Group Of Workers Ages

(Forbes) For the last three years, according to ManpowerGroup, the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent hasn’t been registered nurses or engineers or even web developers. It’s been the skilled trades – the welders, electricians, machinists, etc. that are so prevalent in manufacturing and construction...3/7

UN Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

(AP) The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, a move that sparked a furious Pyongyang to threaten a nuclear strike against the United States...3/7