Thursday, May 8, 2014
ORNL in the News

Urban design leader named newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

(Oak Ridge Today) Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning and leader of the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been named the 16th University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair...5/7

Element 117 could be latest addition to periodic table

(CS Monitor) By fusing calcium and berkelium, researchers have produced a new super-heavy element with 117 protons...Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States synthetically produced the berkelium used in the experiment, which was then shipped, in powdered form, to Mainz University in Germany...5/5

Westinghouse Electric developing accident tolerant fuel

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) ...Nuclear fuel design hasn’t changed all that much since the atoms first split at the first commercial nuclear plant in Shippingport, Beaver County, some six decades ago, according to Kurt Terrani, staff scientist and Weinberg fellow with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, whose research is focused on testing and analyzing new designs...5/6

Oak Ridge senior Andrew Skipper earns UT-Battelle scholarship

(Oak Ridge Today) Andrew Skipper, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, is the recipient of the 2014 UT-Battelle Scholarship to the University of Tennessee. The four-year, $20,000 scholarship is presented annually to a graduating senior who plans to study science, engineering, or mathematics at UT and whose mother or father works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/7

Science and Technology

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

(NPR) For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them...5/7

Scientists May Have Decoded One of the Secrets to Superconductors

(Wired) The microscopic structure of high-temperature superconductors has long puzzled scientists seeking to harness their virtually limitless technological potential. Now at last researchers have deciphered the cryptic structure of one class of the superconductors...5/8

Energy and Science Policy

Are foreign students sticking around after earning their PhD’s in science and engineering in the United States?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s called “stay rates,” and Oak Ridge Associated Universities has been studying the issue for years with funding from the National Science Foundation...5/6

House FY 2015 NSF Appropriations Bill

(AIP) Today the House Appropriations Committee released an unnumbered Full Committee Print to accompany the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill...5/7

Why the French are Building Solar Power Plants in California

(The Atlantic) For most of the past decade, if you put solar panels on your roof or built a massive megawatt photovoltaic power plant, the federal government slashed the cost by 30 percent in the form of a tax credit...5/7

DOE

Energy Department Announces Innovative Offshore Wind Energy Projects

(Energy.gov) As a part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced the selection of three pioneering offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017...5/7

Statement by Secretary Moniz on National Climate Assessment

(Energy.gov) ...The scientific community has been sounding the alarm over climate change for decades, and the 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment released today offers the most comprehensive scientific report to date on U.S. climate change impacts...5/6

U.S. Awards 3 Wind Power Grants

(NY Times) The long-promised potential of offshore wind development along American coastlines took a step toward fruition on Wednesday as the Department of Energy pledged up to $47 million each to three projects it previously supported...5/7

Local and STate

Startup manufacturer's locomotive powers efforts to cut emissions

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A startup manufacturer is stamping “made in Knoxville” on a next-generation locomotive developed in response to new tough standards for air pollution — and customers are responding too...5/5

TVA names Oak Ridge a Green Power Switch leader of the year

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Valley Authority is recognizing local power companies and regional businesses that are driving the success of TVA’s Green Power Switch renewable energy program, a press release said. Oak Ridge is among the cities that have been honored...5/7

Smaller, Flexible Tablets and TVs Possible Thanks in Part to UT Researchers

(Tennessee Today) Researchers from UT recently garnered national attention for their part in a study that could lead to the development of tablets, TVs, and mobile devices the width of a piece of paper...5/5

Saving the Salamander

(Metro Pulse) UT’s Dr. Matt Gray searches East Tennessee’s woods for answers to ranavirus—and its threat of amphibian extinction...5/7