Thursday, May 3, 2012
ORNL in the News

May 2012 Story Tips

(Newswise) MILITARY -- Energy boot camp...U.S. military expeditionary bases and outposts will become more energy lean through a three-year, $6 million project that takes advantage of Oak Ridge National Laboratory expertise in a number of fields...NANOTECHNOLOGY -- Manipulating light...ENVIRONMENT -- Putting seashells to work...MATERIALS -- Shaping tomorrow...5/3

Metal roofing research reaches final stage

(Construction Canada) A landmark North American study evaluating metal roof and wall assembly performance is entering its final phase. The Dynamic Building Envelope Research project, conducted by the Metal Construction Association and U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, began in 2009...5/2

Teacher wins $30k for "Extreme Classroom Makeover"

(WVLY-TV) Teacher creativity and imagination were rewarded today when Oak Ridge Associated Universities presented Heather Burkhart, a fifth grade math and science teacher at Pigeon Forge Middle School in Sevier County, $30,000 to realize her dream of enhanced technology in her classroom...ORAU’s university consortium and its strong partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uniquely positioned the company as a strong ally in promoting science education....5/3

DOE

K-25 preservation could become battle royal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The newly released report by the National Park Service, which strongly recommends saving a piece of the historic K-25 uranium-enrichment facility, gave new energy to some preservationists who thought salvaging part of the original World War II-era structure was pretty much a dead issue...5/2

UPF leadership

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It's a big time for one of the biggest projects in government, the Uranium Processing Facility. UPF design is approaching three-quarters complete, with a 90 percent milestone due later this year...5/3

Lab Breakthrough: Better Fiber for Better Products

(Energy.gov) Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have developed a cost-effective method for the continuous production of alpha silicon carbide fiber. The exceptionally strong, lightweight fiber could enable significant performance improvements in many everyday products...5/2

 

National

Russia pessimistic about U.S. missile defense talks

(AP) Russia's defense minister warned Thursday that talks between Moscow and Washington on the U.S.-led NATO missile defense plan in Europe are "close to a dead end," as officials scrambled to save the deal at a top-level conference...5/3

East Tennessee

UT Scientist Elected to National Academy of Sciences

(Tennessee Today) A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor has received one of the highest honors to be bestowed upon an American scientist. Daniel Simberloff, distinguished professor and the Gore-Hunger Professor of Environmental Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in research...4/2

Eastman Chemical honored for energy efficiency

(AP) Eastman Chemical Co. has received awards from the American Chemical Council for the 19th straight year. The Kingsport, Tenn., company was honored with eight awards for implementing energy efficient improvements in 2011...5/3

State & Regional

Tennessee fourth best for doing business

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee maintained its spot as fourth best state in the nation for doing business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best & Worst States Survey released today...5/2

energy & science policy

UN Launches Biodiversity Platform for Science and Policy

(Ecosystem marketplace) Representatives from 90 governments have approved the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to provide a common platform for science, government, and the private sector to exchange research on the economic value of ecosystem services...5/3

science & technology

Can Advanced Manufacturing Help Spark an American Industrial Renaissance?

(The Atlantic) ...Advanced manufacturing typically refers to next-generation manufacturing techniques using sophisticated materials and production technologies (such as robotics), and new products resulting from these techniques...5/1

First-Of-Its-Kind Study Reveals Surprising Ecological Effects of Earthquake and Tsunami

(Science Daily) The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster...5/2

Report Points to Decline in Ability to Monitor the Earth

(NY Times) Earth-observing systems operated by the United States have entered a steep decline, imperiling the nation’s monitoring of weather, natural disasters and climate change, a report from the National Research Council warned Wednesday...5/2

Scientists discover 24 new lizard species in Caribbean

(CS Monitor) Two dozen new species of skink, a type of lizard, have been discovered in the Caribbean. But many of them are imperiled by the mongoose, which was introduced to the islands in the 19th century...5/1

Other Stories

Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average'

(NPR) For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average. But new research argues that a lot of people are actually outliers...5/3