Tuesday, May 30, 2017
ORNL in the News

Researchers seek atomistic insights into ferroelectric materials

(PhysOrg) At first glance, biomedical imaging devices, cell phones, and radio telescopes may not seem to have much in common, but they are all examples of technologies that can benefit from certain types of relaxor ferroelectrics—ceramics that change their shape under the application of an electric field...Two former postdoctoral researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are returning to their neutron sciences roots at the ORNL Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) to study this phenomenon...5/25

DOE Secretary Rick Perry Visits Learns about Composites at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Composites Manufacturing) Last week, Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the first time. One of the highlights of his visit was a tour of ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, where the lab has conducted a number of pioneering projects with composite materials...5/30

A Seat at the Table: Colleen Iversen

(Blackbird Miltech) Colleen Iversen's quest to understand the world below ground has taken her to remarkably diverse ecosystems above ground. The ecosystem ecologist came to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2003 as a graduate student working on a large-scale carbon dioxide-enrichment project on the Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park...5/25

General Atomics Completes Heat Treatment of ITER’s First Central Solenoid Module

(Public Now)Today General Atomics (GA) reached another key milestone in the fabrication of the ITER Central Solenoid as engineers and technicians at GA's facility officially completed heat treatment of the first module...The U.S. ITER project is a collaboration of over 500 companies, laboratories, and universities across 43 states and the District of Columbia and is hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Science and Technology

Software SimplifiedSoftware simplified

(Nature News) In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground. After a day or two of frustration, he asked members of his IT department for help. They installed Docker, a technology for simulating computational environments, which enabled him to use a special version of Galaxy that came packaged with everything he needed — called a container...5/29

Energy and Science Policy

Trump Budget Cuts DOE Office of Science by 17%, Prioritizes Advanced Computing

(AIP) President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget requests a 17 percent cut for the Department of Energy Office of Science. Within that, it boosts advanced computing, slashes biological and environmental research nearly in half, and cuts the four other primary research programs by just under 20 percent each...5/25


Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Receives Good Neighbor Award From U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

(Energy.gov) Yesterday, May 24th, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry accepted the Good Neighbor Award from the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in fostering collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico during his tenure as Governor of the State of Texas...5/25

US nuclear lab's future up in the air after recent fire

(ABC News) A recent fire has put a national laboratory's ability to operate safely into question. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board announced Friday that it will hold a hearing next month to discuss the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2qmP0CY). The board is an independent panel that advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the president...5/27

DOE And VA Team Up To Improve Healthcare For Veterans

(Breaking Energy) he Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are partnering to drive technology innovation and transform health care delivery for Veterans. The partnership brings together VA’s unparalleled and vast array of healthcare and genomic data with DOE’s world class high performance computing...5/29

SpaceX Dragon to Carry More Than 40 National Laboratory-Sponsored Experiments to ISS

(Parabolic Arc) The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle is slated to launch its 11thcargo resupply mission (CRS-11) to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than June 1, 2017 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. Onboard the Falcon 9 launch vehicle is the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, which will carry more than 40 ISS U.S. National Laboratory sponsored experiments...5/29

Local and State

Metal DetectorTennessee governor signs NRA-backed metal detector gun bill

(WATE TV) Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that requires cities and counties to buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check bags at many public buildings, parks and buses, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns. The Republican governor signed the legislation Friday. He has mentioned that a veto could be easily overridden...5/26