Monday, May 22, 2017
ORNL in the News

Ohio Firm Gets Federal Grant To Develop Steel For Electric Vehicle Engines

(WCBE TV) West Chester-based AK Steel Holding Corporation will receive up to 1.8 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an advanced electrical steel that could be used in hybrid electric vehicles. The firm will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratories and an electric motor maker on the three-year project...5/20

ORNL welcomes Innovation Crossroads entrepreneurial research fellows

(EurekAlert!) Oak Ridge National Laboratory today welcomed the first cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region's first entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory...5/18

Honoured for heat pump developments

(Cooling Post) Three leading scientists and a team from the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been honoured for their work in the advancement of heat pump technologies. In a ceremony held at the 12th IEA Heat Pump Conference in Rotterdam, last week, Prof Eckhard A Groll, Prof Alberto Cavallini, Prof Per Lundqvist and the ORNL's Building Equipment Research Group were awarded the Ritter von Rittinger Medal...5/20

LPMOsInsight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs

(PhysOrg) ...The research focused on a class of copper-dependent enzymes called lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs)...A multi-institution team used the neutron scattering facility at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron X-ray source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to study LPMO. Both SNS and ALS are DOE Office of Science User Facilities...5/18

Scientists perform first-principles simulation of transition of plasma edge to H-mode

(EurekAlert!) Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have simulated the spontaneous transition of turbulence at the edge of a fusion plasma to the high-confinement mode (H-mode) that sustains fusion reactions...The XGC code ran for three days and took 90 percent of the capacity of Titan at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), which is the nation's most powerful supercomputer for open science...5/18

Science and Technology

Mapping super massive black holes in the distant universe

(Science Daily) Astronomers have constructed the first map of the Universe based on the positions of supermassive black holes, which reveals the large-scale structure of the Universe. The map precisely measures the expansion history of the Universe back to when the Universe was less than three billion years old...5/19

Energy and Science Policy

Final FY17 Appropriations: DOE Applied Energy

(AIP) The final appropriations agreement for fiscal year 2017 increases funding for the Energy Department's applied energy offices and the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, a demonstration of congressional support for a set of programs the Trump administration has targeted for deep cuts...5/18

DOE

Rick PerryEnergy Secretary Rick Perry coming to Oak Ridge on Monday

(Oak Ridge Today) Energy Secretary Rick Perry is coming to Oak Ridge on Monday at the invitation of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican. U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican whose district includes Oak Ridge, will also attend. The U.S. Senate confirmed Perry, a former Texas governor, as the 14th United States energy secretary on March 2...5/19

Hanford-type accident won't happen at Oak Ridge, executive officer says

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The recent accident at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., likely had East Tennesseans wondering if such an accident could occur at the government facilities in Oak Ridge that hold the nation's largest supply of enriched uranium. The answer from Michael Koentop, executive officer of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, is no...5/19

GOP senators push Trump for DOE research funding

(The Hill) Six Senate Republicans sent President Trump a letter Thursday to advocate for strong funding for the Department of Energy’s research programs, which the president has threatened to cut...5/18

Local and State

UT Scientists Discover New Hidden World of Giant Viruses in Seawater

(Tennessee Today) An international team of researchers including UT faculty has discovered a hidden world of giant viruses within a teaspoon of seawater. The findings could help scientists directly examine the genetic potential of a virus without first having to grow it in a lab...5/19

Tennessee jobless rate falls to 4.7 percent

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Unemployment in Tennessee fell by the biggest monthly amount in more than 33 years during April, cutting the state's jobless rate to 4.7 percent last month. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that employers added 57,000 jobs over the past year, growing employment by 1.9 percent...5/19

Tennessee’s free community college plan draws interest, questions

(WATE TV) In a little over a year, Tennessee becomes the first state in the nation to offer free community college education to nearly every resident without a degree. Called Tennessee Reconnect, it was one of Governor Bill Haslam's signature proposals that passed the legislature last week. The admissions director at Nashville State Community College says she gets a thousand phone calls a week, some of them just learning about Tennessee Reconnect...5/19