Thursday, June 15, 2017
ORNL in the News

Lee Alumna Selected For ORNL Fellowship

(The Chattanoogan) Anna Douglas (‘14) has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurial fellowship in the inaugural cohort of the Department of Energy Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ms. Douglas, an interdisciplinary materials science student working towards a doctorate at Vanderbilt University, is one of five students selected to participate...6/14


Making ethanol from CO2 at ORNL sparks considerable interest

(Oak Ridger) In the Secret City, the not-so-secret passwords of “carbon dioxide” and “ethanol,” combined with a press release and video sent out at the same time, triggered intense media coverage last fall of an “accidental” discovery at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/12

Glass doesn't provide clear window on nuclear damage

(Materials Today) Materials exposed to neutron radiation tend to experience significant damage, leading to the challenges involved in immobilizing nuclear waste or confining the reactions in a nuclear power plant...6/14

Science and Technology

On Nuclear Waste, Finland Shows U.S. How It Can Be Done

(Science) Beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to entomb its nuclear waste...6/9

Energy and Science Policy

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to STEM Education

(AIP) Under the president's budget, STEM programs at the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense would see deep cuts, while the Offices of Education at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would be eliminated...6/13


Alexander Says $6.5 Billion Oak Ridge Uranium Processing Facility Staying On Track And Budget

(The Chattanoogan) United States Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said in a hearing on the president’s proposed budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration that the Uranium Processing Facility at Oak Ridge is on time and on budget...6/14

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $3 Million for High Performance Computing to Advance Clean Energy Manufacturing

(Electric Energy Online) The Energy Department announced up to $3 million in available support for manufacturers to use supercomputers at the department's national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges...6/14

Local and State

Business briefs: changes coming to Tennessee's wind and nuclear business

(Times Free Press) A more than $100 million wind farm project in Tennessee has been put on hold after state lawmakers passed a yearlong moratorium on new turbines being installed in the state...6/14

Record Number of UT Students Honored by American Nuclear Society

(The Daily Beacon) The American Nuclear Society will bestow 11 scholarships on UT nuclear engineering students at its annual meeting in San Francisco on June 11. That number, a record for the department, is the latest sign of recognition of UT as a national leader in nuclear engineering education...6/9