Monday, June 15, 2015
ORNL in the News

For Next Generation Supercomputers, What’s Old is New Again

(The Platform) ...While there are plenty of bleeding edge trends on the watchlist, Jeff Vetter, who runs the Future Technologies division at Oak Ridge National Lab (the site of the top-tier Titan supercomputer and eventual home of the Summit system) says that what they are really paying attention to in his group when it comes to future systems are technologies that have been right in front of our noses all along—albeit in a more refined form...6/11

Companies invited to 'Explore ORNL'

(The Daily Times) The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will open its doors July 14-15 for its “Explore ORNL” conference designed to introduce the region’s business community to the lab’s world-class R&D facilities and expertise...6/12

DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program Annual Merit Review Awards

(Green Car Congress) ...Hydrogen Storage. The DOE award recognized Dr. Bob Bowman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory for his outstanding dedication and achievements in hydrogen storage material research and development...6/12

ORNL researchers see the light for safer runways

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on prototypes for runway lights that combine multiple technologies to potentially improve visibility for airplane pilots, even in the worst conditions, and save energy, too...6/14

Uday VaijdaAdvanced Composites Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

(Tennessee Today) The position of UT's College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as leaders in the manufacturing revolution has taken another bold step forward with the hiring of Uday Vaidya as the Governor's Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing...6/12

Learn about 3D Printing of Large Parts at Amerimold 2015

(Modern Machine Shop) Amerimold 2015 has announced that Dr. Chad Duty from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will host complimentary showfloor presentations on "Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM)" at next week's Amerimold Exposition and Technical Conference. Amerimold is scheduled for June 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois...6/12

Science and Technology

Amsterdam BridgeMX3D is to 3D-print a steel bridge over water in Amsterdam

(PhysOrg) MX3D is an R&D startup focused on 3D-printing metals and resin in mid-air, without the need for support structures. They pride themselves in “robotic technology with which we can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form." Now they say "We are going to print a steel bridge in Amsterdam.”

Energy and Science Policy

Funding Have-NotsNSF research program for 'have-not' states faces growing criticism

(Science Magazine) Representative Bill Foster (D–IL) surprised some of his colleagues last week when he proposed killing a long-running program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) intended to lift up states at the bottom of the research funding heap...6/9

 

DOE

Building 9731Possible irritant suspends research at historic Y-12 building

(WBIR) During a two-month period five individuals experienced throat irritation and were coughing due to possible air quality irritants upon entering Building 9731 at the Y-12 National Security Complex...6/11

Fermi LabFermilab honored as historic site

(The Chicago Tribune) The American Physical Society has recognized the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia as a historic site for its nearly five decades of contributions to high-energy physics...6/11

MIT teams win 2015 Department of Energy NEUP awards

(MIT News) MIT research teams have received funding through five separate Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) grants...6/11

Goats Invade Berkeley To Eat Brush And Prevent Wildfires

(Huffington Post) Drivers in Berkeley, California encountered an unusual traffic jam on Friday when the Berkeley Lab released hundreds of goats. "We utilize goats at the lab in order to keep our grasses short and reduce fire hazards," the lab posted on Facebook...6/12

Local and State

Longing For the BombIn ‘Longing for the Bomb,' Lindsey A Freeman asks if Oak Ridge's stories are the right ones

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In her insightful new book, "Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia," sociologist Lindsey A. Freeman describes the vision of John Hendrix, a turn-of-the-twentieth-century logger on the fringes of the Smoky Mountains...6/12

TVA looks into holding down electric costs

(WBBJ) The Tennessee Valley Authority is looking into possible changes to keep electric rates as low as possible, and some of the ideas soon will be heard by the board of directors...6/12

Whistle-blower: State should recall modified guardrails

(WBIR) The whistle-blower in a $663 million guardrail lawsuit against a Texas-based company is calling for an immediate recall of all so-called modified guardrails that line the highways across Tennessee...6/12