Tuesday, March 12, 2013
ORNL in the News

Steven Zinkle Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

(Newswise) Senior materials researcher and Corporate Fellow Steven Zinkle of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named a 2013 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Acknowledged for his "pioneering contributions to the understanding of radiation effects in materials and for advancing the scientific basis of performance limits for structural materials in advanced nuclear energy systems,” Zinkle will be formally recognized during the spring MRS meeting in April...3/11

Global Technologies Group, Inc. President Forms J3 Advanced Engineering Technologies, Inc.

(Reuters) James Fallacaro, President of GTGP, announced that he has formed a new company, J3 Advanced Engineering Technologies, Inc. (J3) in Butte, Montana...The team participated in meetings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for mercury treatment and performed bench-scale mercury testing that lead to a full-scale implementation of the MBS technology for mercury treatment of flue gas at a cement plant...3/11

DOE

John Garrity, former protective force chief at Y-12, joins new Oak Ridge security contractor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) John Garrity a former WSI-Oak Ridge official who served as protective force director at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, has joined National Strategic Protective Services -- the Department of Energy's new security contractor at ORNL, East Tennessee Technology Park and the Oak Ridge Federal Building...3/11

North Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado State and Utah join Oak Ridge Associated Universities

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Utah have joined Oak Ridge Associated Universities as sponsoring institutions...3/11

Energy Department Announces New Funding Opportunity for Innovative Small Modular Reactors

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy, the Energy Department today issued a new funding opportunity announcement to help U.S. industry design and certify innovative small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs)...3/11

National

China says willing to discuss cyber security with the U.S.

(Reuters) China offered on Tuesday to talk with the United States about cyber security amid an escalating war of words between the two sides on computer hacking, but suspicion is as deep in Beijing as it is in Washington about the accusations and counter-accusations...3/12

East Tennessee

Alexander Inn purchase nears

(Oak Ridger) The Alexander Inn is close to changing hands, but financial documents are still being shuffled between the Inn’s owner and Family Pride Corp. of Loudon...3/10

UT to Host STEM Symposium for High School Students April 6

(Tennessee Today) Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium at UT on Saturday, April 6...The symposium will feature representatives from organizations including Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Texas Instruments, Biology in a Box, and Dade Moeller. The UT departments of math, soil science, geography, chemistry, and medicine also will participate...3/7

energy & science policy

Congress Plans Broad Outlines of FY 2014 Budget

(AIP) One of the first steps in the annual federal budget process is the preparation of an overall framework to guide later congressional action on appropriations, revenues, and entitlements. This budget resolution includes about 20 categories of federal spending called budget functions...3/11

Sequestered Science: How Research Got Tied Up with Federal Dollars

(Scientific American) The first active federal budget "sequester," an automatic, across-departments spending reduction, in more than two decades will cut funding from several U.S. departments and agencies that fund scientific research...3/12

science & technology

A Laboratory Grows Young Scientists

(NY Times) ...The competition is run by the Society for Science and the Public and is financed by the Intel Corporation, through its Intel Foundation. When Westinghouse ceased sponsorship 15 years ago, Intel took over, primarily “to change the conversation about young scientists in the U.S.,” said Wendy Hawkins, the foundation’s executive director...3/11

Lab-made supermaterial that could boost computing exists in nature too

(Nature) They say it’s what is on the inside that counts. But that is not true for topological insulators — exotic materials that conduct electricity only along their surfaces. Physicists have now demonstrated this property in a naturally occurring mineral for the first time...3/8

Other Stories

Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret

(Wall Street Journal) [Opinion] Electric cars are promoted as the chic harbinger of an environmentally benign future. Ads assure us of "zero emissions," and President Obama has promised a million on the road by 2015...3/11

Breakthrough sought for electric vehicles

(Detroit Free Press) Big investments in lithium-ion battery manufacturing plants won’t significantly reduce the cost of making batteries, a revised outlook that cautions that sustainable growth in electric vehicle sales will happen later rather than sooner...3/11