Monday, May 13, 2013
ORNL in the News

Babu becomes 11th UT/ORNL Governor's Chair; focus on advanced manufacturing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sudarsanam Suresh Babu, a professor in materials science and engineering at Ohio State University, been named to the UT/ORNL Governor's Chair for Advanced Manufacturing -- a new position...5/11

Graduate Student Receives ACS Award for Drug Discovery Research

(Tennessee Today) Sally Ellingson, a doctoral student in the Genome Science and Technology graduate program, has won the American Chemical Society’s very prestigious ACS Chemical Computing Group Research Excellence Award...Due to the her program’s association with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, she is able to use the Kraken, Jaguar, and Titan supercomputers to bridge supercomputing and biological research with particular importance in drug discovery and chemical/system biology...5/10

Young stars at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Four researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory or with ties to ORNL have received Early Career Research Career Program awards from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science...5/10

Professor Receives Department of Energy’s Early Career Award

(Tennessee Today) A UT professor whose research on neutron imaging could improve medical imaging and high-mileage electric vehicles has received the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Award. Jason Hayward, UCOR Faculty Fellow in Nuclear Engineering, will receive $750,000 over five years starting in July...5/10

DOE

NNSA changed selection official for Y-12/Pantex contract 8 days before selection

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Following the release of the redacted version of the GAO's full decision on the protests of the Y-12/Pantex contract award, B&W-led Nuclear Production Partners -- one of the losing bidders -- said it's now apparent that it had the best proposal, based on what the Source Evaluation Board had to say...5/10

Breakthrough Industrial Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Project Begins Full-Scale Operations

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith today attended a dedication ceremony at the Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities in Port Arthur, Texas...5/10

National

U.S. Gas Prices Expected To Remain Low For Summer

(NPR) Drivers will find this summer's gas prices are lower than last year's, the result of a spike in crude oil production. Government forecasters say a gallon of regular gasoline will cost about $3.50 this summer — a slide of more than 10 cents from last year...5/12

East Tennessee

UT Awards Honorary Degree to First Amendment Champion John Seigenthaler

(Tennessee Today) The university awarded renowned journalist John Seigenthaler an honorary doctorate today at the College of Law’s commencement ceremony...5/10

energy & science policy

Representatives Urge Support of DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program

(AIP) Fifty Democratic and Republican representatives have written to the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Fusion Energy Sciences Program of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science...5/10

House Subcommittee Examines NIST Budget Request and Laboratory Effectiveness

(AIP) The House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Technology held two recent hearings to discuss programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...5/10

Old Technology Fuels New Energy Boom

(Forbes) ...technologies underlying today’s petro-boom are not new at all; they are innovative applications and refinements of technology that has existed for decades...5/12

science & technology

For Witness to Nagasaki, a Life Focused on Science

(NY Times) Sixty-eight years ago, Osamu Shimomura was a 16-year-old high school student working in a factory seven and a half miles from Nagasaki, Japan. Sitting down to work, a light flashed, briefly blinding him, and the pressure wave from an explosion came rolling through...5/12

Team observes real-time charging of a lithium-air battery

(PhysOrg) One of the most promising new kinds of battery to power electric cars is called a lithium-air battery, which could store up to four times as much energy per pound as today's best lithium-ion batteries...5/13

New Magnetic Graphene May Revolutionize Electronics

(Science Daily) Researchers from IMDEA-Nanociencia Institute and from Autonoma and Complutense Universities of Madrid (Spain) have managed to give graphene magnetic properties...5/10

Thieves Stole $45 Million From ATMs Because The U.S. Uses Absurd 40-Year-Old Technology

(Popular Science) ...federal prosecutors in Brooklyn revealed that an international team of thieves had stolen close to $45 million in the biggest ATM fraud case in history...5/12

Other Stories

Top U.S. admiral puts cyber security on the Navy's radar

(Reuters) Cyber security and warfare are on par with a credible nuclear deterrent in the defense priorities of the United States, the U.S. Navy's top admiral said on Monday, after the Pentagon accused China of trying to hack into its computer networks...5/13