Monday, July 6, 2015
ORNL in the News

Three new Corporate Fellows at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Three of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s most productive researchers — Nancy Dudney, Lonnie Love and David Radford — have been named Corporate Fellows at the lab. According to ORNL, the designation of Corporate Fellow recognizes signifies research accomplishments and continuing leadership in scientific, engineering and technological fields...7/2

ORNL develops HVAC system that cuts costs 

(WBIR-TV) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a system that retrofits older buildings' HVAC units. It ultimately lowers the demand costs and cuts the energy peak demand by 50 percent. ORNL researcher David Fugate worked with Central Baptist Church administrator Bill McConnell on a project using the building's air conditioning units...7/3

AC or windows down: secrets to better summer fuel economy

(News Examiner) ...To settle the AC versus windows question, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee compared the performance of a Ford Explorer and a Toyota Corolla. It’s probably no surprise that fuel consumption was the lowest when AC was off and the windows were up. But that’s not a great option on a 95-degree day...7/6

Russell, scientist and environmental advocate, to be interviewed Thursday

(Oak Ridge Today) Scientist and environmental advocate Liane “Lee” Russell will be interviewed in a Thursday meeting of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association...Russell is an internationally recognized mammalian geneticist who is retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/4

Breakthrough Sealant Helps Make Energy-Efficient Buildings by Reducing Air Leakage

( Building technology researchers at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaborated with Dow to evaluate a new product invented by Dow that significantly reduces air leakage and helps to make residential and commercial buildings more energy efficient...7/3

Science and Technology

US vaccine researcher sentenced to prison for fraud

(Nature) Rare is the scientist who goes to prison on research misconduct charges. But on 1 July, Dong-Pyou Han, a former biomedical scientist at Iowa State University in Ames, was sentenced to 57 months for fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials...7/1

Researchers build first working memcomputer prototype

(PhysOrg) A combined team of researchers from the University of California and Politecnico di Torino in Italy has built, for the first time, a working memory-crunching computer (memcomputer) prototype. It is capable, the team reports in their paper published in the journal Science Advances, of solving the NP-complete version of the subset sum problem...7/6

Energy and Science Policy

New National Historic Park to Recognize Manhattan Project

(AIP) Last month the Atomic Heritage Foundation convened a two-day conference in Washington to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project.   On the second day of this conference participants heard from several speakers about the Manhattan Project National Historic Park that will be established next year...7/2

Senate Committee Approves Weather Bills

(AIP) At full committee markups held on May 20 and June 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved two bills that aim to improve weather research, satellites, and services, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in collaboration with the broader national weather enterprise...7/2


Mark Whitney returns to Oak Ridge: ‘It’s a great team’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mark Whitney, the U.S. Department of Energy’s acting assistant secretary for environmental management, once held the same job that Sue Cange now holds (as the agency’s environmental manager in Oak Ridge), so he kind of knows what he’s talking about when he reviews the Oak Ridge cleanup scene...7/2

NREL, Clemson collaborate on wind energy testing facilities

(R&D Magazine) Two of our nation's most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid. Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University will partner to share resources and capabilities in the operation and development of testing facilities...6/9

Local and State

Companies contributing $500K to Main Street Oak Ridge wanted to help

(Oak Ridge Today) The six companies contributing $500,000 for public infrastructure at Main Street Oak Ridge approached the city and volunteered to help, a consultant said Friday. The companies are Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, UCOR, Restoration Services Inc., Methodist Medical Center, and Consolidated Nuclear Security, which manages and operates Y-12 National Security Complex...7/3

UT Receives Grant to Increase STEMM Interest to Youth in Rural Counties

(Tennessee Today) Starting this fall, a new UT project will allow nearly every sophomore student in Campbell and Union Counties to spend several weeks exploring career options in science, technology, engineering, math, and medical science (STEMM)...7/2

Biologists discover dead fish in Maryville creek after train derailment

(WATE-TV) As a precautionary measure, environmental officials issued public advisory on Sunday for residents to avoid a Maryville creek after dead fish were found...7/5