Monday, June 22, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL: New tool on horizon for surgeons treating cancer patients

(Oak Ridge Today) Surgeons could know while their patients are still on the operating table if a tissue is cancerous, according to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School...6/18

Institute For Advanced Composites Helping America Lead On Clean Energy Manufacturing

(Breaking Energy) Advanced composites — such as carbon fiber — are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. Currently, they’re used for expensive applications like satellites and luxury cars...6/21

ORNL contractor fined $131,250 for safety violations; UT-Battelle won’t appeal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has issued a preliminary notice of violation to UT-Battelle, the government’s managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for multiple safety problems involving the handling of materials and equipment — including two accidents in which workers were seriously injured...6/18

UT-Led IACMI Formally Launches at Inaugural Meeting in Knoxville

(Textiles Update) Hundreds of composites experts from industry, government and academia gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center for the launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among IACMI’s founding research partners...6/19

Science and Technology

Powering desalination with the sun

(PhysOrg) When graduate student Natasha Wright began her PhD program in mechanical engineering, she had no idea how to remove salt from groundwater to make it more palatable, nor had she ever been to India, where this is an ongoing need. Now, three years and six trips to India later, this is the sole focus of her work...6/22

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2016 Senate Appropriations Bill: Department of Defense S&T Programs

(AIP) Yesterday, in a 50-45 floor vote, the Senate failed to muster the necessary votes to proceed to consideration of the $567 billion FY 2016 Defense Appropriations bill.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republican senators supporting the bill as it was reported out of committee and Democratic senators opposing...6/19

DOE

Lab confirms new commercial method for producing medical isotope

(PhysOrg) The effort to secure a stable, domestic source of a critical medical isotope reached an important milestone this month as the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory demonstrated the production, separation and purification of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) using a process developed in cooperation with SHINE Medical Technologies...6/15

Mystery company blazes a trail in fusion energy

(Science Magazine) Of the handful of startup companies trying to achieve fusion energy via nontraditional methods, Tri Alpha Energy Inc. has always been the enigma. Publishing little and with no website, but apparently sitting on a cash pile in the hundreds of millions, the Foothill Ranch, California–based company has been the subject of intense curiosity and speculation...6/2

Local and State

500 new jobs planned by VW supplier, reports say

(Times Free-Press) Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp, which already has a facility in Chattanooga, is planning to open a new pressing plant to service Volkswagen's upcoming midsize sport utility vehicle, according to multiple sources. The company, which has a stamping facility on Hickory Valley Road, would create 500 jobs, The Wall Street Journal reported today...6/20

Tennessee unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2008

(Times Free-Press) Unemployment fell in Tennessee last month to the lowest level in more than eight years as employers across the Volunteer State added 53,800 jobs over the past year...6/19