Monday, April 3, 2017
ORNL in the News

General Assembly Recognizes Tennessine Researchers

(Tennessee Today) Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 0002 “recognizes Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for their contributions to the discovery of element 117 and its naming as tennessine.” It concludes: “through their extraordinary achievements, they have advanced human knowledge and left an indelible mark on the history of science.”...3/31

SNS-CNMS partnership may yield more advanced diamond stripper foils for improved neutron beam performance

(PhysOrg) It may be hard to believe that fragile, ultrathin pieces of material as light as a feather and about the size of a stick of gum could have an enormous impact on thousands of neutron experiments each year. But these specialized films, known as diamond stripper foils, play an impressive role at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source...3/31

Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to 'on-off' states for graphene

(New Electronics) A way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene has been found by researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and North Carolina State University, which could help develop semiconductor devices. "Confinement changes graphene's behaviour," said physicist An-Ping Li....3/31

UT Board Approves Big Data Doctoral Program

(Tennessee Today) The UT Board of Trustees approved a new data science and engineering doctoral program at its meeting held on the Chattanooga campus Wednesday. The program is a partnership between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is modeled after the doctoral program in energy science and engineering offered through the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education...3/31

Science and Technology

Black Hole TelescopeAstronomers hoping to directly capture image of a black hole

(PhysOrg) Astronomers want to record an image of the heart of our galaxy for the first time: a global collaboration of radio dishes is to take a detailed look at the black hole which is assumed to be located there. This Event Horizon Telescope links observatories all over the world to form a huge telescope...4/3

Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Chairman Questions Credibility of Climate Science

(AIP) At a House Science Committee hearing on climate science this week, participants debated the validity of the scientific consensus on the subject. Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) also used the event to further articulate the view that many scientists are not routinely following proper scientific method — an increasingly prevalent theme in the committee’s work...3/31

DOE

DOE’s public bus tour began in March, continues through November

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour began March 3 and continues through November 27. The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years, a press release said...4/2

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Promote American Manufacturers

(InDepth NH) This week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, legislation that would assist small- and medium-sized American manufacturers in adopting what’s known as “smart manufacturing technologies.”...The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act would develop a national plan through the Department of Energy that will identify areas where smart manufacturing technologies can be developed, deployed and adopted more quickly...3/31

Local and State

Clingmans Dome Road reopens as Smokies visitation soars

(WBIR) After a record 11.3 million people visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016, the park is off to an even faster start in 2017. In February, park rangers said attendance was 30 percent higher than last year. "Even though last year was the Centennial, we've actually had more people this year," park ranger Lisa Nagurny said. On April 1, the access road to Clingmans Dome opened...4/2

TVA expects no impact from Trump's reversal of climate-change order

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Valley Authority says President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back a clean power rule initiated under his predecessor would have no immediate impact on the utility since it has been reducing carbon emissions from its plants for years...3/28