Monday, April 20, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL researchers contribute to major UN bioenergy and sustainability report

(PhysOrg) ...Keith Kline of ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division contributed to a chapter on land use for the UN Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Bioenergy and Sustainability Report...Virginia Dale, a Corporate Fellow researcher also in ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division, co-authored a chapter on biodiversity and ecosystem services...4/16

ORNL staff honored by auto engineers group

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Scott Sluder received the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award; Scott Curran, Sujit Das and Derek Splitter received the Forest R. McFarland Award for their work in facilitating technical information; and Jim Szybist and Brian West received the Harry L. Horning Memorial Award for their paper, “The Impact of Low Octane Hydrocarbon Blending Stream on Knock Limit of E85.”...4/17

Local Motors CEO, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Headline Additive Manufacturing Conference

(PR Underground) The Additive Manufacturing Conference, presented by Modern Machine Shop, in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will feature four unique, expert keynote addresses focused on the application of additive manufacturing technologies for making functional components and end-use production parts...4/16

New Powerful DNA Dataset for Efficient Production of Biofuels

(AZO Cleantech) In a paper published in Nature Scientific Data, researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, North Carolina State University and LanzaTech describe methods and results for sequencing the Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium...4/16

Science and Technology

Climate scientists join search for alien Earths

(Nature News) The hunt for life beyond the Solar System is gaining new partners: NASA climatologists. After more than 30 years of studying Earth, a team at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York will adapt its global climate model to simulate conditions on potentially habitable exoplanets...4/17

Energy and Science Policy

Balancing Act: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on FY 2016 NASA Request

(AIP) Yesterday afternoon the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee met to review the FY 2016 budget request for NASA.  The hearing was friendly and low-key, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as the only witness to discuss the $18,529.1 million request, up $518.9 million or 2.8 percent over the current budget...4/17

DOE

Inching forward on new Oak Ridge landfill

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy continues to move forward with plans for a new landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes generated by Oak Ridge cleanup projects...4/16

Security may be expensive burden on Y-12 cleanup

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration delayed and ultimately scrapped plans to reduce Y-12’s high-security footprint as part of the Uranium Processing Facility project and that may add significantly to the already expensive cleanup costs at the Oak Ridge site...4/16

Energy Department Announces New Awards for Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

(Energy.gov) Building on the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Department of Energy today awarded more than $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy...4/16

Local and State

Tennessee lawmakers OK $33.8B annual state spending plan

(WATE) Tennessee lawmakers have approved the state's $33.8 billion annual spending plan after rejecting Democrats' attempts to include a provision that could revive Medicaid expansion. The House voted 80-12 in favor of the budget on Thursday, and the Senate later followed suit on a 32-1 vote...4/16

Oak Ridge dragon boat festival expected to grow

(Oak Ridge Today) ... So far, 28 teams have signed up to race, including the defending champion from Charlotte, North Carolina. Last year, 30 teams competed in dragon boat races here. Two teams from Oak Ridge National Laboratory finished in the top five. Thom Mason, ORNL director, will be the honorary grand marshal for the Drummers Parade on race day...4/18