Thursday, July 21, 2016
ORNL in the News

New ORNL tool probes for genes linked to toxic methylmercury

(eScience News) Environmental scientists can more efficiently detect genes required to convert mercury in the environment into more toxic methylmercury with molecular probes developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/19

Supercomputing Used to Find Rare Earth Refining Alternatives

(Engineering 360) A research project led by the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub, has identified agents for the separation of rare earth metals that are potentially much less costly and better performing than those currently used...a collaboration of researchers from the Supramolecular Design Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Ames Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory have identified several new low-cost, highly effective ligands...7/19

Michael BradyOak Ridge scientist elected ASM Fellow

(Metal Powder Report) Michael Brady, a materials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been elected a Fellow of ASM International...7/18

Nuclear Waste'Dream Team' chosen to study basic science of nuclear waste

(PhysOrg) A more thorough understanding of the chemistry of radioactive waste is key to treating this unwanted byproduct of winning World War II and the Cold War. To accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to support the Department of Energy's cleanup mission, four new Energy Frontier Research Centers have been formed...The team is made up of researchers from PNNL, Washington State University, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, City College of New York and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

US DOE pledges $19m for HVACR projects

(Cooling Post) The US Energy Department is to invest $19m in a range of HVACR development projects to improve the energy efficiency of buildings...The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is involved in a number of projects. It intends to develop adhesive chemistries for bonding aluminium and copper during heat exchanger manufacture, as well as a residential, gas-fired split heat pump using ammonia...7/19

Science and Technology

Human BrainHuman brain mapped in unprecedented detail

(Nature News) Think of a spinning globe and the patchwork of countries it depicts: such maps help us to understand where we are, and that nations differ from one another. Now, neuroscientists have charted an equivalent map of the brain’s outermost layer — the cerebral cortex...7/20


Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Basic Energy Research Bills and NIST Improvement Act

(AIP) Last week the House passed two bills which would establish new basic energy research initiatives at the Department of Energy, as well as a bill which would update policies for certain NIST programs and direct a comprehensive National Academies review of NIST laboratories...7/19



Energy Department Awards $40 Million for Research to Support Waste Cleanup at DOE Nuclear Sites

( U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced up to $40 million in awards for four new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to support the Department of Energy (DOE)’s environmental management and nuclear cleanup mission...7/18

Local and State

3-D Twist Shape3D Printer’s Twist May Shape Homebuilding

(ASME) Platt Boyd, an architect and founder of Chattanooga-based Branch Technology, developed what he calls C-Fab, for the Cellular Fabrication 3D printing platform. There are other large-scale 3D printers being used to build buildings, but they are bulky, operating from gantry cranes to place layers of heavy concrete..July, 2016

Feds award $5.9 million to Tennessee to boost health workforce, expand training

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Federal officials today announced a $5.9 million to help Tennessee grow its health workforce and expand training for persons entering primary care health professions. The Health Resources and Services Administration's awards, part of $149 million being distributed nationally through a dozen workforce programs, will go to 16 organizations in Tennessee....7/20

Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA

(Chalkbeat) As Tennessee education leaders draft a new plan to evaluate the state's schools and districts, they're trying to move beyond test scores. But exactly which metrics to incorporate into the state's new accountability equation are still very much in the air as the State Department of Education develops an accountability plan in answer to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA...7/20

Oak Ridge Mall 'Transformation' A Reality

(The Oak Ridger) Numerous elected and government officials joined business owners, residents and students in the sweltering heat outside JC Penney to celebrate the start of the project expected to "transform" the all-but-defunct Oak Ridge Mall to the much-anticipated Main Street Oak Ridge initiative...7/20