Monday, June 30, 2014
ORNL in the News

Outstanding Achievements Recognized at ASHRAE’s Annual Conference

(ASHRAE) Eighty-nine people are being recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the built environment industry at the Society’s 2014 Annual Conference held here June 28-July 2... Patrick Hughes, P.E., director, buildings program and center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn...6/28

Vehicle Technologies Office Recognizes Leaders in Advanced Vehicle Research, Development and Deployment

(Energy Industry Today) The DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office supports a variety of research, development, and deployment efforts in partnership with our national laboratories and private partners...Stacey Davis (Oak Ridge National Laboratory): Ms. Davis has been vital in the work to analyze and interpret the consistently high-quality data....Jun Qu (Oak Ridge National Laboratory): Mr. Qu has led two teams that have made substantial breakthroughs in lubricant technologies...Andy Wereszczak (Oak Ridge National Laboratory): Mr. Wereszczak’s work in ceramics and brittle materials supports vehicle OEMs...6/28

AMSENew AMSE director to start July 1, ORNL to operate museum

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is taking a more active role in Oak Ridge’s American Museum of Science and Energy. ORNL’s Director of Communications David Keim said the lab hopes to find better ways to tell the city’s historical story while reducing costs...6/26

Oak Ridge launching imaging institute

(WATE) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials, which aims to accelerate the development of new materials that can be used to produce more efficient solar cells, batteries and other products...6/27

PARC wins renewed funding for photosynthetic research

(4 Traders) ...PARC's goals are to understand the basic scientific principles that govern solar energy collection by photosynthetic organisms...Washington University is the host and administrative center for PARC, whose partners include investigators from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, North Carolina State University, Northwestern University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/27

Science & Technology

Ocean CurrentsAncient ocean currents may have changed pacing and intensity of ice ages: Slowing of currents may have flipped switch

(Science Daily) Researchers have found that the deep ocean currents that move heat around the globe stalled or even stopped about 950,000 years ago, possibly due to expanding ice cover in the north...6/26

DARPA's Most Challenging Robot Contest Set for June 2015

(Live Science) Will robots ever be able to save the day in the aftermath of a tsunami or nuclear meltdown? The U.S. military has been trying to find out...6/30

Energy and Science Policy

House Subcommittee Discusses Earthquake Early Warning System Development

(AIP) The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on June 10 to discuss the potential benefits of earthquake early warning systems...6/26

Alexander says gas holdings won't color energy policy

(The Tennessean) A year ago, just as he was beginning his bid for a third term, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander stood before an audience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver the keynote address at a summit called "Securing America's Future."...6/28

DOE

UCOR says K-25 project was $225M under budget

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted earlier in the week, the K-25 demolition project is a done deal — really. According to information from URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, the government's cleanup manager, the work was completed $225 million under the federal baseline budget for the project. UCOR said its contract didn't call for the work to be completed until Jan. 5, 2015...6/27

Cooling TowersGovernment watchdog: U.S. slipping in nuclear energy innovation

(Fortune) The U.S. Department of Energy is stumbling in its obligation to build an advanced nuclear reactor, putting the country at risk of falling behind China, Russia and other nations in developing this vital low-carbon power technology, the government’s fiscal watchdog warned this week...6/27

Energy Department Project Captures and Stores more than One Million Metric Tons of CO2

(Park Forest eNews) Following the one year mark since the release of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - in partnership with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. – today announced a major milestone, successfully capturing more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) at the hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas...6/27

State and local

New TN laws take effect on July 1st

(WBIR) Beginning on July 1st several new Tennessee laws will take effect. Among the new laws is Governor Bill Haslam's anti-Meth law. It's one of the key pieces of legislation Governor Haslam supported this year...6/27

Rocky TopLake City becomes Rocky Top, sign changes to follow

(WATE) It's official. Lake City is no more and the name Rocky Top is taking over. George Robinson at City Barber Shop has seen quite a bit a change over the years both in hairstyles and in his hometown...6/27

TVA ends traditional pension for new hires employees, moves to 401(k) only benefits for new hires

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) For the first time in its 81-year history, the Tennessee Valley Authority will no longer offer employees hired after Monday a traditional pension that pays a worker a monthly check for the rest of his or her life at retirement...6/28

Growing Nissan-Daimler alliance pays off in Tennessee

(The Tennessean) Nissan-Renault's 4-year-old partnership with Germany's Daimler AG ramped up significantly last week with two key moves in North America: the opening of a new Infiniti-Mercedes engine plant in Decherd, and announcement of a jointly owned assembly plant to be built in Mexico...6/29