Thursday, June 15, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL collaborates with Hyundai

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Motor Co. to strengthen the automaker’s research and development capabilities and perhaps set the stage for a number of collaborations...6/9

Good vibrations at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new-age clothes dryer under development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses micro-vibrations instead of heat to remove the water from the laundry, dramatically reducing the drying time and potentially saving energy on a grand scale...6/9

Fusion researchers use Titan supercomputer to burst helium bubbles

(PhysOrg) ...The project, led by Brian Wirth, a researcher with the University of Tennessee and DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, brings researchers from various organizations together to work on different aspects of the ITER experimental fusion reactor under construction in southeastern France...6/10

Kodak and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Announce New Collaboration

(Business Wire) Eastman Kodak Company and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest science and energy laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, have entered into an agreement to increase national competitiveness in roll-to-roll manufacturing, thus accelerating commercialization and manufacturing of next generation battery and energy storage devices and materials...6/9

ORNL reactor at full power after major maintenance

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor returned to action this morning and achieved full power (85 megawatts) shortly after noon. The research reactor underwent major maintenance and upgrades during the 80-day outage — the longest of the year — and workers in the lab’s reactors division apparently achieved most if not all of the desired activities...6/9

Science and Technology

Vote Aids Deep Sea Corals in Much of Mid-Atlantic

(NY Times) The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted Wednesday to protect deep sea corals from most bottom fishing over about 38,000 square miles of ocean, running from New York to Virginia...6/10

Californians Look To Sierra Nevada Native Americans For Drought Solutions

(NPR) In the Sierra Nevada mountains, North Fork Mono American Indians are working to thin the forest. Their ancient techniques are being considered as a possible long-term solution to the drought...6/10

Energy and Science Policy

House Panel Explores Research into Nuclear Fission and Fusion Technologies

(AIP) On May 13, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Energy Subcommittee hosted a hearing to explore the state of nuclear fission and fusion technologies, including the role that research advances in these fields might play in driving the future energy economy of the U.S...6/10

House Passes FY 2016 Funding Bill for NASA, NIST, NOAA and NSF

(AIP) ...Many amendments were offered to this expansive bill, although none pertaining to NASA or the National Science Foundation...6/8


President Obama Names Scientists Pellegrini and Shank as 2014 Enrico Fermi Award Recipients

( President Obama has named Dr. Claudio Pellegrini and Dr. Charles V. (Chuck) Shank as recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government's oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement...6/8

US Department of Energy funding for nuclear R&D 

(World Nuclear News) Sixty-eight projects have been selected to share over $60 million of US Department of Energy nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. The projects, including some international collaborations, have been selected for their potential to create scientific breakthroughs...6/8

Berkeley lab unveils new solar energy facility

(ABC News) A Nobel Prize winner cut the ribbon Tuesday on a building named in his honor at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The new building consists of a high tech facility where scientists are already making discoveries in the quest to replace fossil fuel with sunlight...5/26

Shippers urge Corps to finish new Chickamauga Dam lock

(Chattanooga Times Free-Press) Despite the urging of Tennessee’s congressional delegation, the federal agency responsible for building a new lock at the Chickamauga Dam has yet to commit to using $6 million of surplus funds this year to help restart construction of the new lock, which has been stalled by a lack of money for more than three years...6/9

Local and State

Three UT Faculty Members Awarded $2.2 Million for Nuclear Projects

(Tennessee Today) A trio of UT faculty members was recently awarded more than $2 million by the US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs for their respective research projects. Steve Zinkle, Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials, Richard Wood, research professor of nuclear engineering, and Craig Barnes, professor of chemistry, were highlighted for their efforts...6/10

Law enforcement travel to UT's Body Farm for course in outdoor recovery

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The course brought 24 law enforcement professionals from 13 agencies across the country to UT to learn about recovering human remains from an outdoor crime scene...6/11

Tennessee sales tax revenue increases 9 percent in May

(AP) Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state’s overall revenue collections in May were $50 million more than expected. The tax collections reflect economic activity in April. The state’s general fund tax collections in May were $48 million higher than projected...6/11