Tuesday, April 12, 2011
ORNL in the News

Ole Miss honors Thomas Zacharia as 'Engineer of Distinction'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Thomas Zacharia, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's deputy director for science and technology, has received the Engineer of Distinction award from the University of Mississippi. It is the highest award given by the university's School of Engineering, recognizing professional accomplishment...4/12

ORNL computing chief on China

(Knoxville News Sentinel) China is rapidly making its presence felt in virtually every nook and cranny of the science landscape and that includes high-performance computing...Given the ultra-competitive nature of computing's race to the top and the national security implications, I asked ORNL scientific computing chief Jeff Nichols if HPC was an area that's simply off-limits for partnering with China...4/11

Harper places pilot scale carbon fiber line at Oak Ridge

(Composites World) Harper International, a manufacturer of thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, reported that it has finalized a contract with the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a full pilot scale carbon fiber process line valued at more than $12 million...4/11

Baby boomers seize a 'time to give back'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Carl Wheeler isn't ready to "run to the rocking chair" just yet. Though the 65-year-old retired from engineering and the workforce in 2005, he has kept his math skills sharp and his pace fast by building solar-powered cars with underprivileged youth and taking kids on tours at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/11


DOE Finalizes $1.6 Billion Loan Guarantee for BrightSource Energy Inc.

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy finalized $1.6 billion in loan guarantees to support the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System, three related utility-scale concentrated solar power plants...4/11

Why K-25/ETTP needs to be saved: Final reason offered

(Oak Ridger) ..."Will the history of K-25/ETTP be saved?" We trust it will be so its one-of-a-kind history stories are not lost to future generations; so heritage tourists have something to see at the K-25/ETTP Site and swell the city's tourism revenues; and, so the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, if it comes, can have at least one of our WWII plant sites where they can welcome visitors and show and tell the history of this almost forgotten national treasure...4/11


State & Regional

TVA board to look at proposal to move agency away from reliance on coal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA's new John Sevier Combined Cycle power plant in Hawkins County near Rogersville combines natural gas-fired power with steam for electric power. The agency's long-range plans are to move away from reliance on coal-produced power...4/14


Obama turns to his bipartisan deficit commission’s blueprint for reducing debt

(Washington Post) President Obama plans this week to respond to a Republican blueprint for tackling the soaring national debt by promoting a bipartisan approach pioneered by an independent presidential commission rather than introducing his own detailed plan...4/11

East Tennessee

Professor lectures on energy economy

(The Daily Beacon) Marilyn Brown, professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, led a seminar on energy efficiency policies Thursday in the Baker Center at UT. The seminar addressed reducing industry energy consumption, which accounts for about one-third of the nation's energy consumption, and optimizing it efficiently...4/11

energy & science policy

House Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 NIST Budget Request

(AIP) The contrast could not have been greater.  Last Thursday, in a small hearing room on the third floor of the Capitol, a fiscally-conservative Republican representing a suburban and rural district in Virginia, and a liberal Democrat representing a district in Philadelphia appeared to be in complete agreement about the budget request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology...4/11

Inside Energy Extra

4/11 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- DOE closes loan aid for BrightSource
- Democrats defend DOE loan-aid process
- Dry storage of spent nuclear fuel urged
- Waxman hits Republicans' Yucca Mt. trip

science & technology

Gulf’s Complexity and Resilience Seen in Studies of Oil Spill

(NY Times) In the year since the wellhead beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig began spewing rust-colored crude into the northern Gulf of Mexico, scientists have been working frantically to figure out what environmental harm really came of the largest oil spill in American history...4/11

'Green Energy' Advance: Tandem Catalysis in Nanocrystal Interfaces

(Science Daily) In a development that holds intriguing possibilities for the future of industrial catalysis, as well as for such promising clean green energy technologies as artificial photosynthesis, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created bilayered nanocrystals of a metal-metal oxide that are the first to feature multiple catalytic sites on nanocrystal interfaces...4/12

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Cast Long Shadows Over Radiation Science

(NY Times)..."These radiation standards are accepted worldwide," said George Kerr, a consultant and health physicist, formerly of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "They're kind of the Rosetta Stone."...4/11

Other Stories

Japan Nuclear Disaster Put on Par With Chernobyl

(NY Times) Japan has raised its assessment of the accident at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the worst rating on an international scale, putting the disaster on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, the Japanese nuclear regulatory agency said on Tuesday...4/12