Thursday, June 9, 2016
ORNL in the News

Tennessee gets a place at the table with newest element: Tennessine

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee, who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state...Robert Grzywacz, director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Nuclear Physics and Applications and a physics professor at UT, served as UT’s connection to the project...6/8

ORNL research finds magnetic material could host wily Weyl fermions

(EurekAlert) ...An elusive massless particle could exist in a magnetic crystal structure, revealed by neutron and X-ray research from a team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee...6/7

Gu elected fellow of Geological Society

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Baohua Gu, a distinguished senior scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America...His research areas include biogeochemical transformation and transport of environmental pollutants, soil carbon–mineral interfacial interactions, spectroscopic studies and environmental applications...6/7

ORNL's Kalinin in elite company

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sergei Kalinin, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, has been named one of 31 national finalists for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He is listed in the physical sciences and engineering category...6/7

Science and Technology

Four Elements on the Periodic Table Get New Names

(NY Times) Time to rewrite the science textbooks: The periodic table has new names for four elements. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the gatekeeper to the periodic table, announced on Wednesday the proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118: nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson...6/8

Energy and Science Policy

FY17 Appropriations Bills: Department of Defense

(AIP) The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have moved to soften or reverse most of the administration’s proposed cuts to the Department of Defense’s basic and applied research programs...6/8

FY17 Appropriations Bills: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(AIP) ...The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on the fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill that will fund the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) next year...6/7

DOE

HEU from Japan arrives at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that highly enriched uranium from Japan’s Fast Critical Assembly reactor has arrived at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, where it reportedly will be placed in secure storage and later processed and down-blended to create low-enriched uranium...6/6

To Protect the Grid from Hackers, You Need to Break It

(Energy.gov) ...the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) aims to prevent hackers from gaining control of parts of the nation's power grid, which could damage electrical equipment and cause localized power outages...6/7

Team identifies gene involved with fracture healing

(EurekAlert) New identification of a gene involved in the fracture healing process could lead to the development of new therapeutic treatments for difficult-to-heal injuries...A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of California, Merced and Davis, Indiana University and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has identified the "Sostdc1" gene as a regulator of periosteum stem cells activity during fracture repair...6/1

Energy Department Gives Plug-In Electric Vehicles a New Shot of Electricity

(Energy Manager Today) Plug-in electric vehicles just got a shot of energy from the US Department of Energy, which said today that it would spend $22 million to support research, development and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicles and direct injection propane engine technologies...6/8

Local and State

Global Technology Leaders Gather for Innovation Research Workshop

(Tennessee Today) The Haslam College of Business will host its Innovations in Data-Rich Environments Research Workshop from Wednesday to Friday, June 8-10. Twenty-five of the world’s top academic researchers and industry professionals in the technology field will attend, including keynote speakers from IBM...6/7