Wednesday, March 10, 2010
ORNL in the News

Meet the Governor’s Chairs

(Tennessee Alumnus) In a year marked by major changes at the University of Tennessee, the change that could leave the most lasting impression is the giant leap forward taken by the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair program in adding five new members to its ranks. Put in place in 2006, the program is designed to attract the best scientists and researchers in the world to unique joint appointments at UT and ORNL. Governor’s Chairs receive substantial funding to conduct their research, and the program is supported by money from UT–Battelle LLC, which manages ORNL, and the state of Tennessee...3/8

The mighty thorium

(Columbus Dispatch) ...[Kirk] Sorensen has taken up the cause of thorium reactors, an idea conceived in the 1950s and last researched in the United States in the early 1970s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee....The scientists who designed the first molten salt reactors at Oak Ridge were so far ahead of their time, Sorensen said, that "It's like a little moment of the 21st century was plucked out and plunked into the '50s."...3/7

ORNL earns top tech transfer award

(Oak Ridger) A technology that can enhance collecting of data from studying the compositions on a material surface has earned Oak Ridge National Laboratory the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer's Excellence in Technology Transfer Project of the Year Award...3/9


ORNL's Herb Mook wins Shull Prize

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Herb Mook, a senior corporate fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the 2010 recipient of the Clifford G. Shull Prize from the Neutron Scattering Society of America. Mook was recognized for "outstanding contributions to the study of magnetism, superconductivity, and quantum phenomena in neutrons."...3/9

'I think Oak Ridge is becoming more international'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jaime Fernandez-Baca came to the United States from his native Peru in 1979 (to the University of Maryland, where he got his PhD in experimental condensed matter physics), arrived at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a post-doc in 1986 and became a U.S. citizen in 1988. He's enjoyed a highly successful career in neutron-scattering at a research lab where neutrons are king...3/9

For Iran, Enriching Uranium Only Gets Easier

(NY Times) In the Iranian desert, at a sprawling industrial site ringed by barbed wire and antiaircraft guns, a shift in the enrichment of uranium is producing global jitters because it could shorten Iran’s path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons...All told, there are 20 operating enrichment plants in the world, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn...3/8

U.S. Directs $36 Million Toward Net-Zero Building Research

(Architectural Record) Reflecting the rapidly growing interest in sustainable design and construction technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced new funding to support research on net-zero energy buildings...ORNL will use the money to expand its existing Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, which has equipment for testing sections of roof and wall systems for energy efficiency...3/9


Secretary Chu Announces Up To $154 Million for NRG Energy's Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Texas

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today that a project with NRG Energy has been selected to receive up to $154 million, including funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...3/8

Chu set to keynote HEUMF dedication

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is scheduled to make a special appearance at the Y-12 National Security Complex' HEUMF dedication later this month. The ceremony spotlighting the Highly Enriched Uranium Facility will be held Monday, March 22, and Chu is listed as the keynote speaker...3/9

Grove: UPF will be Y-12's 'crown jewel'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Among the early speakers at the morning session of the Uranium Processing Facility Suppliers Forum was Dennis Grove, the UPF Program Manager, who said he was proud to be leading the design and construction of UPF and be a part of the overall transformation of Y-12...3/9



Economists trim 2011 U.S. growth forecast

(Reuters) U.S. economists raised their forecast for economic growth in 2010 in March, the third straight monthly rise, while trimming their growth forecast for 2011...3/10

East Tennessee

Robot made by Clinton firm in Oscar film

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A Clinton product plays a starring role in the first riveting moments of the movie voted best picture of the year in Sunday's Academy Awards. That's when an HD-1 model robot made by Remotec Inc. is sent to inspect a suspected insurgent booby trap rigged with explosives in Baghdad...3/9

State & Regional

Tenn. bill would stamp income tax unconstitutional

(AP) The sponsor of a measure that would declare an income tax and payroll tax unconstitutional in Tennessee says it's necessary because of the poor state of the economy...3/10

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

3/9 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
-Senators plan climate draft by Easter
-Calif. muni signs first DOE grid deal
-Idaho lab to lead nuclear institute
-DOE awards $154M to NRG Energy
-BLM chief defends planned oil/gas fee

science & technology

Tobacco Plants Tapped to Suck Up Pond Scum

(Discovery News) In a British laboratory, tobacco has done some good. With the help of a couple extra genes, it has proven itself capable of disarming a dangerous environmental toxin, called toxic pond scum...3/8

The Lithium Chase

(NY Times) For many years, few metals drew bigger yawns from mining executives than lithium, a lightweight element long associated mostly with mood-stabilizing drugs...Most of the lithium market serves a variety of industrial applications. About a quarter of all lithium produced is used for energy storage, in everything from cellphones to laptop computers to digital cameras...3/9

For Quake Scientists, Chile Becomes A Unique Lab

(NPR) When earthquakes happen, earthquake scientists want to be there, especially with an earthquake as large and destructive as the 8.8-magnitude quake that hit Chile last month...3/9

With Artificial Photosynthesis, A Bottle of Water Could Produce Enough Energy To Power A House

(Popular Science) One of the interesting side effects of last year's stimulus bill was $400 million in funding for ARPA-E, the civilian, energy-focused cousin of DARPA. And in this week's first ever ARPA-E conference, MIT chemist Dan Nocera showed how well he put that stimulus money to use by highlighting his new photosynthetic process...3/9

Other Stories

China, India give nod to Copenhagen climate change accord

Amsterdam (AP) China joined India on Tuesday in giving qualified approval to the Copenhagen climate accord calling for voluntary limits on greenhouse gas emissions...3/10