Thursday, May 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Keith Eckerman to receive Gold Medal for Radiation Protection

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Keith Eckerman, a leading researcher in internal radiation dosimetry, will be honored in Scotland next week at the International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association. Eckerman will receive the Gold Medal for Radiation Protection of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences...5/9

ORNL Protein Analysis Investigates Marine worm Community

(Red Orbit) Techniques used by researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to analyze a simple marine worm and its resident bacteria could accelerate efforts to understand more complex microbial communities such as those found in humans...“This community is like the simplest form of the human gut,” said coauthor Nathan VerBerkmoes of ORNL. “It is a model system to understand symbiosis.”...5/9


Energy Department Announces New Investments to Train Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Leaders, Advance University-Led Nuclear Innovation

( Underscoring President Obama’s commitments to keep college affordable, expand opportunities for American families nationwide, and promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced more than $47 million in scholarships, fellowships, research grants and university research reactor upgrades to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry...5/8

State & Regional

Nissan breaks ground on Tennessee engine plant

(AP) Nissan has broken ground on an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., that is expected to create up to 400 jobs. The plant will assemble 4-cylinder engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models when production begins in 2014...5/9


Cybersecurity Firms Ditch Defense, Learn To 'Hunt'

(NPR) The most challenging cyberattacks these days come from China and target Western firms' trade secrets and intellectual property. But a problem for some is a business opportunity for others: It's boom time for cybersecurity firms that specialize in going after Chinese hackers. "It's the next big thing," says Richard Stiennon, an industry analyst who specializes in information security firms...5/10

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge High School ranked No. 6 in Tennessee

(Oak Ridger) U.S. News & World Report has ranked Oak Ridge High School as the sixth best high school in Tennessee. ORHS comes in behind Farragut High School, which is ranked No. 5, and two in front of No. 8 Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School, according to the publication’s latest rankings of the nation’s schools...5/8

Fleischmann to host Rep. Hastings in visit to Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) Congressman Chuck Fleischmann will host Rep. Doc Hastings in a visit to Oak Ridge on Friday. Reps. Hastings and Fleischmann will visit the East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/9

energy & science policy

It's dangerous to depend on natural gas

(Fortune) The United States needs an "all of the above" energy strategy that focuses on low-carbon electricity sources that will lower energy costs, reduce dependency on foreign fuel sources and promote clean electricity...5/9

science & technology

Radiation risks: Raiders of the lost archive

(Nature) Old collections of irradiated tissues could answer modern-day questions about the dangers of radiation. Now, researchers are making a concerted effort to save the stores...5/9

Fermi Award Winners Saluted

( The best science is as much about service as it is about discovery. And that’s especially true for two of our Nation’s most accomplished researchers, who were honored Monday for devoting their lives not only to doing great science but also to teaching and mentoring, public service, and inspiring others...5/9

How Teeny, Tiny Transistors Are Born in a Near-Total Vacuum

(Wired News) Nanotransistors just got a lot more nano. A new chip construction process cooked up by Applied Materials in Santa Clara creates transistors so small they can be measured in smatterings of atoms...5/9

Why Science Is Better When It's Multinational

(Scientific American) International diversity is just as important as diversity of discipline when it comes to scientific discovery...5/9

Plastic Trash Altering Ocean Habitats

(Science Daily) A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego...5/8

Other Stories

A CIA Sting Foils al-Qaeda, But We'd Have Been Safer Not Knowing

(Time) The foiling of a new al-Qaeda attempt to bring down a passenger airliner— apparently a knock-off of the failed "underwear bomb" plot that nearly brought down a Northwest flight landing at Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009 — has been a good-news, bad-news story...5/9