Thursday, August 14, 2014
ORNL in the News

ASM International elects ORNL researchers Paranthaman, Pint fellows

(Oak Ridge Today) The professional society ASM International has elected two researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the rank of fellow. A former ORNL researcher was also elected...8/13

New research to develop next-generation “race track memory” technology

(R&D Magazine) Univ. of California, Davis researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corp. are exploring new materials and device structures to develop next-generation memory technologies...This work utilized sophisticated facilities available through the network of Department of Energy-funded national laboratories at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...8/13

ORNL’s Varela receives Burton Medal

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Maria Varela, a microscopist and researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the Microscopy Society of America’s Burton Medal. The medal is reserved for early career scientists with big accomplishments...8/13

ORNL’s Idrobo honored

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Juan Carlos Idrobo, a microscopist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the 2014 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corporation...8/13

Science and Technology

Top Math Prize Has Its First Female Winner

(NY Times) An Iranian mathematician is the first woman ever to receive a Fields Medal, often considered to be mathematics’ equivalent of the Nobel Prize...8/12

Eco-friendly 'pre-fab nanoparticles' could revolutionize nano manufacturing

(PhysOrg) ...The new method should reduce the time nano manufacturing firms spend in trial-and-error searches for materials to make electronic devices such as solar cells, organic transistors and organic light-emitting diodes...8/13

Energy and Science Policy

Administration Seeks Public Input on New “Strategy for American Innovation”

(AIP) ...OSTP and the National Economic Council are revising the Obama Administration’s Strategy for American Innovation and are seeking public input in the development of this revision.  Comments are due by September 23...8/13

House Passes NIST and DOE Laboratory Legislation

(AIP) By voice votes the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills to strengthen U.S. competitiveness by making changes in the programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Energy’s national laboratories...8/11




Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman to visit

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman, who’s planning to leave the department later this year, will be back in East Tennessee this week. He’ll give the keynote address Friday at the graduation ceremony for the first 24 participants in the Advanced Manufacturing Internship program...8/12

A little later than projected: Y-12 nears end of B53 dismantlement work

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Y-12, which produced second-stage parts for every thermonuclear warhead in America’s Cold War arsenal and dismantles those same parts after the weapons are retired from service, is nearing an end to its dismantlement work on parts from the massive B53 bombs — albeit about a year behind the earlier schedule...8/13

UCOR gives $50K for faculty fellowship at UT

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UCOR (URS-CH2M Oak Ridge), the Department of Energy’s cleanup manager in Oak Ridge, earlier this week presented a $50,000 check to the University of Tennessee to support a faculty fellowship in the College of Engineering...8/12

Research masters the misunderstood mixed-phase cloud

(PhysOrg) ...In a study led by Dr. Mikhail Ovchinnikov at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists found that unrealistic assumptions in previous modeling studies have misled predictions about key cloud properties: the balance between droplets and ice crystals, and cloud longevity...8/12

Local and STate

UT’s Rawn Earns Top Honor in Field of Materials Science

(Tennessee Today) College of Engineering associate professor Claudia Rawn has been named a 2014 ASM International Fellow, earning one of the highest honors attainable in her field...8/7

Knoxville In Quarterfinals For Energy Prize

(WUOT) ...Knoxville is one of several cities competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a $5 million award used to help reduce energy use...8/12

TVA: Watts Bar more than 90 percent complete

(AP) ...About 3,200 workers are on the Watts Bar 2 project, which will be TVA's seventh nuclear unit. Watts Bar 2 will add 1,100 megawatts of electricity, providing enough energy for approximately 650,000 homes...6/13

ORHS first high school in nation to test STEM Scouts

(Oak Ridge Today) The Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been granted permission by the National Executive Board to test a proof of concept called STEM Scouts (science, technology, engineering, and math), which for now, is only open to East Tennessee youth...8/13