Monday, June 20, 2016
ORNL in the News

No conflict gallons? “Biofuels actually supports food security in developing countries”: IFPRI report

(Biofuels Digest) ...According to Keith Kline, the lead author of the study, and a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) Climate Change Science Institute, “it is a mistake to ignore local costs and benefits of biofuels based on generalized assertions or global models. Reliable information about the actual local effects is essential, but has been lacking in food-biofuel-climate debates.”...6/18

Rich NorbyORNL’s Rich Norby honored

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Rich Norby, a physiological ecologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Norby is a researcher in ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute...6/17

Scalable Biomanufacturing Technique May Increase Availability of Semiconducting Nanoparticles

(Photonics Media) ...A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) used bacteria fed by sugar at a temperature of 150 °F in 25- and 250-gallon reactors to produce about three-fourths of a pound of zinc sulfide quantum dots (QDs). ...6/16

Bill DelCulDelCul wins Seaborg Award

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Bill DelCul has received the Glenn T. Seaborg Award at the 40th Actinide Separations Conference. He was honored for his long and extraordinary career in nuclear science and engineering with research on "actinide separations, processing of used nuclear fuel, high temperature molten salts, technical support of enrichment activities and national security-related research."...6/17

SmallAtomic sculpting with a microscope

(Nanowerk) ...3D printing has revolutionized the way we can make and design materials. Now a team led by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has added another tool to the 3D printing toolbox. ...6/17

Jack DongarraDongarra Honored with Pair of Prestigious Supercomputing Awards

(Tennessee Today) From his work compiling an annual list of the world’s fastest computers to his research expanding the boundaries of supercomputing, Professor Jack Dongarra is an icon of the supercomputing world...6/16

Science and Technology

First Human Test of CRISPR Proposed

(MIT Technology Review) A federal safety board next week will consider the first human use of the gene-editing technology CRISPR, according to the National Institutes of Health. The proposed treatment is an immune therapy in which a patient's own blood cells will be removed and genetically altered using the technology, a type of molecular scissors able to precisely cut DNA...6/16

Energy and Science Policy

House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Reform NSF Facilities Management

(AIP) Over the past two months, a House Science Committee bill designed to tighten the NSF's management and financial oversight of its large research facilities has moved quickly from introduction to full House passage...6/17


IG report raises flags on UCOR cost claims

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) An assessment by the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General raised questions about hundreds of thousands of dollars of costs incurred by DOE's Oak Ridge cleanup contractor — URS/CH2M Oak Ridge — but UCOR said it resolved all of the issues before the report was made public this week...6/15

Energy Dept Plans Advanced Reactor Surge

(Forbes) The Department of Energy quietly released a draft this month of a plan to double America's nuclear power capacity, not only with the small modular reactors championed by Secretaries Ernest Moniz and Steven Chu, but also with advanced reactors that do not rely on water for cooling. DOE's "Draft Vision and Strategy for the Development and Deployment of Advanced Reactors" seems to have escaped media attention until now....6/19

Drones with radiation detectors designed for nuclear emergencies

(Las Vegas Review Journal) They resemble miniature Reaper drones, but the nimbler Sandstorm's mission will veer sharply from its weapons-laden cousin as the Department of Energy explores using unmanned aircraft to respond to nuclear emergencies. Instead of laser-guided missiles and bombs under its wings, the Sandstorm payload consists of radiation detection sensors and optical imagery gear...6/18

Local and State

Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy

(The Daily Times) Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up. But catching up we are – with plenty of growing pains along the way...6/18

Reporter heading out of Dodge

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) For the past 35 years, maybe a little more, I've covered the U.S. Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge operations. It's a news beat I created at the News Sentinel after serving as state editor and realizing the wealth of news potential at the government facilities. It's been a pleasantly bumpy ride these many years, with a lot of highlights and some unusual happenings. I'm kind of proud of some of the things accomplished...6/16

TwisterStorm Chasers Probe The Mysteries Of Southern Tornadoes

(WUOT) A team of meteorologists recently wrapped up the first phase of an unprecedented project to study tornadoes in the South. WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth reports the project’s results could change what meteorologists thought they knew about severe weather...6/15