Monday, March 16, 2015
ORNL in the News

Manufacturing jobsTennessee partners with Oak Ridge National Lab in $2.5M manufacturing program

(Nashville Business Journal) The state of Tennessee has started a new pilot voucher program for manufacturers that want to tap into the research and resources of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/12

Frontier beneath our feet: Seismic study aims to map Earth's interior in 3-D

(Press Release Point) Jeroen Tromp, Princeton's Blair Professor of Geology and a professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics, is using seismic wave data from earthquakes and the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create a 3-D model of the Earth underground, from the surface to a depth of about 1,800 miles...3/12

Unique proteins found in heat-loving organisms attach to plant matter

(EurekAlert!) In a paper published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from North Carolina State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory report the structure and function of tapirins produced by bacteria that live in hot springs across the globe, including Yellowstone National Park...3/12

DOE Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technology Ideas

(ACHR News) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the launch of its new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site,, is designed to help technology innovators collect, share, and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies...3/13

Science and Technology

CRISPRScientists sound alarm over DNA editing of human embryos

(Nature News) Amid rumours that precision gene-editing techniques have been used to modify the DNA of human embryos, researchers have called for a moratorium on the use of the technology in reproductive cells...3/12

SMAPSMAP almost ready to map frozen soil

(PhysOrg) Those who feel as though they've been living in the never-ending winter of the movie "Frozen" this year may be glad to hear that the spring thaw is now typically arriving up to two weeks earlier in the Northern Hemisphere than it did 20 to 30 years ago...3/16

Energy and Science Policy

Whose science is it anyway? Fla. climate change ban latest in 'war on science'

(CSM) From directives to strike references to climate change from official lexicons to proposed restrictions on which scientists may testify before Congress, politicization of science – from both right and left – threatens to erode public faith in science, science-policy experts say...3/11

House Letter in Support of Funding for the Department of Energy Office of Science

(AIP) ...The letter urges Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee to “to make strong and sustained funding for the DOE Office of Science one of your highest priorities in fiscal year 2016.”


Officials celebrate new bridge, road relocation, haul road for UPF at Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) They called it their first major milestone: the completion of site readiness work, delivered on time and under budget. The work included the relocation of Bear Creek Road, a new bridge, and construction of a haul road...3/45

U.S. adding 5 million barrels of oil to its reserves because of cheap prices

(Market Watch) If anybody tells you we're running out of oil, don't tell that to Uncle Sam. The U.S. is sitting on about 691 million barrels of oil in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), and with oil prices close to a five-year low set in January, the U.S. is looking to buy even more, soliciting bids for 5 million barrels of oil, worth about $224 million at the closing price on Friday, March 13, of $44.84 on NYMEX...3/13

Wind PowerEnergy Department Projects U.S. Could Get To 35 Percent Wind Power By 2050

(HuffPost) The Obama administration projects the United States could draw 35 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2050, in a new report released Thursday. The amount of wind power in the U.S. is already on the uptick, with wind representing 30 percent of newly installed electricity-generating capacity in the period from 2009 to 2013...3/14

Recovery Act funding finally comes to close

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office received nearly $1.9 billion in federal funds under the auspices of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — the government-backed stimulus program that was designed to create jobs and stir the U.S. economy back to life...3/15

Local and State

Canadian company bringing 620 jobs to Oak Ridge

(WBIR) ...CVMR, a mining and metal refining company, will invest $313 million to move to a manufacturing facility at 103 Palladium Way. The company provides feed materials for 2D, 3D, and 4D printing...3/13

UT’s Law, Business, and Engineering Graduate Programs Rank in the US News and World Report Top Ten

(Tennessee Today) UT’s graduate programs in nuclear engineering, supply chain management, and clinical law training are in the top ten among all public universities in the nation, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today...3/10

GSM SignPark Announces Spring Opening Schedule

(WVLT) Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announce the spring opening schedule for park facilities for the 2015 season. Campgrounds and secondary roads will begin opening Friday, March 13...3/13