Monday, March 14, 2016
ORNL in the News

New Insights into Atomic Disordering of Complex Metal Oxides

(Controlled Environments) A study led by the University of Tennessee and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could soon pay dividends in the development of materials with energy-related applications...3/11

Shelby CobraJEC Composites Recognizes The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Partners

(PR Newswire) Leaders from The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Cincinnati Incorporated (Cincinnati Inc.) and Dassault Systèmes (3DS) accepted the JEC Innovation Awards 2016 Composites Magazine Special Prize this week in Paris, France...3/14

Showing, Not Telling to Engage Students in STEM

(Energy.gov) In education, it is often said, “Show, don’t tell.” Students visiting ORNL and other national laboratories around the country for My Brother’s Keeper Day at the National Labs were not being told what they could achieve through STEM careers, they were being shown...3/11

ORNL researchers stack the odds for novel optoelectronic 2D materials

(Opli) Stacking layers of nanometer-thin semiconducting materials at different angles is a new approach to designing the next generation of energy-efficient transistors and solar cells...Recently a team led by researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the vibrations between two layers to decipher their stacking patterns...3/11

Science and Technology

RS-25 RocketEngine test marks major milestone on NASA's journey to Mars

(Science Daily) NASA successfully tested the first deep space RS-25 rocket engine for 500 seconds March 10, clearing a major milestone toward the next great era of space exploration. The next time rocket engine No. 2059 fires for that length of time, it will be carrying humans on their first deep-space mission in more than 45 years...3/11

Energy and Science Policy

DOE Appropriators Take Familiar Stances on Research Priorities at Recent Hearings

(AIP) At recent hearings on the Department of Energy budget request for fiscal year 2017, key appropriations leaders largely dismissed the president’s proposal for large funding increases to clean energy research and development as unrealistic and / or unbalanced...3/10

DOE

Feds invest nearly $7M in small business to boost clean tech

(WBTW)The federal government is investing nearly $7 million in 33 small businesses across the country to build partnerships with national laboratories in hopes of speeding up development of clean energy technology, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday...3/12

ORAUORAU gets new $1.4B contract from DOE

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge Associated Universities has received a new $1.4 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and continue the work that the educational consortium has done since the 1940s...3/10

Local and State

TVC announces sessions, speakers for 2016 Summit at Tennessee Tech

(Oak Ridge Today) On June 1-2, more than 300 community, academic, and government leaders from the five-state region will gather at Tennessee Tech University for the 2016 Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit to focus attention on the vital role entrepreneurs provide in turning the brain power and technologies from the region’s universities and federal programs into new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses...3/10

The federal government helps Tennessee combat drug abuse

(WATE) The federal government is giving more than $800,000 to three health centers in Tennessee to combat the state's growing and deadly opioid epidemic. The money is part of a $94 million package announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the scourge of drug abuse across the country...3/12

Tennessee bill could cut gas-tax funding for bicycle, pedestrian projects

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) ...House Bill 1650 seeks to gut the ability of the state to use its gas tax revenue on most bicycle and pedestrian projects as some state leaders eye the possibility of Tennessee's first gas tax increase since 1989 to help pay for a backlog of road projects...3/14