Monday, March 27, 2017
ORNL in the News

Rod JacksonORNL researcher receives Innovator of Year award for energy efficiency work

(Oak Ridge Today) Researcher Roderick Jackson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was awarded an Innovator of the Year award in 2017 at the Young, Gifted, and Empowered Awards, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Jackson was recognized for his groundbreaking work in building energy efficiency innovation, DOE said in a story published Tuesday by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy...3/24

Automated Measurement System Enhances Quality, Reduces Handling in Pu-238 Production

(Scientific Computing) Under a collaborative partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy, a new automated measurement system developed at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing handling by workers...3/23

Guest column: US interest requires Oak Ridge

[Editorial] Let us add our voices to the long list of those who are celebrating Thom Mason’s extraordinary leadership of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We had the opportunity to work closely with Mason over the more than six combined years we led the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and we can attest to his vision, his character and his technological and managerial excellence...3/26

3-D ExcavatorCurious about 3D printed vehicles, including excavator? ORNL has posted photos

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has helped produce the first fully functional excavator that uses parts made through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. The excavator, part of a working demonstration known as Project AME, was made in collaboration with ORNL partners in industry, government, and academia. The project helps showcase a range of industrial applications for 3D printing, ORNL said...3/24

Science and Technology

Gates Foundation announces open-access publishing venture

(Nature News) One of the world's wealthiest charities, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, is set to launch its own open-access publishing venture later this year. The initiative, Gates Open Research, was announced on 23 March and will be modelled on a service begun last year by the London-based biomedical charity, the Wellcome Trust...3/23

Energy and Science Policy

New study calls for US solar policy reform

(Science Daily) The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, according to a new Stanford study...3/23



WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

(Biofuels Dugest) n Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts...3/26

Terry PaineORAU names business development manager for science education, assessment, workforce development

(Oak Ridge Today) Terry L. Payne, former senior research and development program manager for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named business development manager for ORAU’s programs related to science education, assessment, and workforce development...3/25

Energy Secretary Perry honors Oak Ridge’s EM program with two awards

(Oak Ridge Today) At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry honored the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management's Wendy A. Cain as Federal Project Director of the Year for 2016, and a team under Cain's oversight won a U.S. Department of Energy Achievement Award...

Local and State

Wildfire that burned 18 acres in west Oak Ridge is contained

(Oak Ridge Today) A wildfire burned about 18 acres of federal land in west Oak Ridge on Saturday afternoon. The fire was reported on the Oak Ridge Reservation, U.S. Department of Energy land, at about 12:27 p.m. Saturday. It was west of Wisconsin Avenue and south of Whippoorwill Drive. Firefighters initially reported it as about a five-acre fire in a cut between two ridges, said Ray Burney, Oak Ridge Fire Department captain. There is a trail down there, Burney said....3/25

Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance to speak at UN

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, a United Nations accredited non-governmental organization, will present information on United States weapons programs at the U.N. next week. The United Nations conference will open Monday in New York City to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons and eventually eliminate them...