Thursday, March 15, 2015
ORNL in the News

Thomas Zacharia’s return to ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After more than two years supporting development of a high-level research laboratory in Qatar, Thomas Zacharia is returning to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will fill his old position of deputy lab director for science and technology. The position has been vacant since Zacharia’s successor, Ramamoorthy Ramesh,  left Oak Ridge for a position at Berkeley Lab...3/16

ORNL and SINAP cooperate on development of salt-cooled reactors

(PhysOrg) Representatives from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) are meeting at ORNL this week as part of an agreement between the two institutions to work together on the advancement of salt-cooled nuclear reactor technologies...3/17

On the verge: a new ORNL contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“Everything is worked out,” Mason said of the new contract with the Department of Energy. “It actually turns out there’s a fairly lengthy document, so there’s a lot of details that have to be sort of checked and cross-checked...3/15

Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

(PhysOrg) The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could lead to improved fuel cells...3/17

Science and Technology

Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

(NPR) ...This week, Microsoft announced that it will phase out its much-maligned web browser, Internet Explorer, beginning with Windows 10...3/18

Mystery of Darwin's 'strange animals' solved

(Nature) ...Since Darwin's time, no-one has been able to work out where the bizarre beasts fit in the mammalian family tree. But now, by analysing ancient collagen protein from 12,000-year-old fossils, researchers say they have solved the puzzle...3/18

Energy and Science Policy

House and Senate Appropriators Review FY 2016 Request for National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) “I’m encouraged based upon where we were two or three years ago in terms of the big projects” said Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) as he wrapped up a hearing on the FY 2016 request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)...3/17


Planning for Manhattan Project Park, National Park Service, DOE to visit Oak Ridge on March 26

(Oak Ridge Today) It took years to win approval of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and now that the park bill has been signed into law, planning is starting...3/18

Peace group’s complaint tossed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance complaint, challenging the government’s 2013 decision to block access to the front yard of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, has been tossed out of federal court for a second time...3/18

National Science Bowl Regional Roundup

( In that spirit the DOE National Science Bowl celebrates students in STEM with a fun and unique competition that begins in towns across the country and ends with a final round in Washington, D.C...3/18

Local and State

Developer: Mall site work to begin in June

(Oak Ridger) Representatives of North Carolina-based Crosland Southeast LLC expressed enthusiasm Monday about the prospects for redeveloping the former Oak Ridge Mall and announced plans to close on the property purchase and break ground for Main Street Oak Ridge in June...3/18

Park officials call wild hogs a huge problem in the Smokies

(WVLT-TV) If you love to hike in the Smokies, chances are you've seen many wild animals. But, there's one animal that park officials are calling an unwelcome guest...3/18

Out of This World: Science Writing Specialist Awarded BOV Professorship

(Tennessee Today) Professor Mark Littmann, Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, has been selected as the second recipient of the College of Communication and Information Board of Visitors Professorship...3/11