Monday, August 31, 2015
ORNL in the News

U.S. Secretary of Commerce tours ORNL's manufacturing demonstration facility

(WATE) U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker spent the day in Oak Ridge shining a light on manufacturing and East Tennessee’s big role in the industry. “In today’s constantly evolving economy, leadership and manufacturing is not simply a nice to have. It’s a need to have,” said Sec. Pritzker. (video at link)...8/28

Joseph LukensPurdue grad wins award for 'cloaking' research

(The Exponent) ...Joseph Lukens, a former graduate student in the school of electrical and computer engineering, did research on temporal cloaking, or the concept that certain types of communication can be hidden in time...Lukens was awarded the Wigner Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he now works in the quantum information science group...8/28

Unprecedented global warming experiment underway in northern Minn.

(Northlands News Center) ..."This is the grandest, most ambitious, climate-related experiment ever attempted on the planet," said USDA Forest Service research scientist, Randy Kolka. Since 2009, Kolka, Paul Hanson with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other researchers have been working on the SPRUCE...8/28

National Safety Council recognizes young safety professionals dedicated to excellence

( The National Safety Council is proud to announce its sixth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety – a group of future leaders dedicated to making workplaces safer. The 40 honorees have promoted a cycle of continuous improvement within their organizations and created initiatives focused on measurable outcomes – key components of the Council's Journey to Safety Excellence...John Campbell, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Health & Safety Professional...8/27

Science and Technology

DNA Double HelixResearchers develop technique to produce a direct image of the DNA helix and its inner structure

(PhysOrg) Enzo di Fabrizio and his team have developed a new technique to produce a direct image of the DNA helix and its inner structure. This is the first time scientists have ever been able to produce an image of DNA that allows a direct visual evaluation of quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the building blocks of life...8/31

Energy and Science Policy

UN Climate Negotiators Work in Bonn on Deal to Fight Warming

(The New York Times) U.N. climate talks began anew Monday in Germany, three months before world governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight global warming. The climate pact envisioned for Paris in December will be a crucial test for the diplomatic process, which failed to deliver a strong deal six years ago in Copenhagen...8/31


ATLC chief: ‘Wait and see’ at Y-12

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) "I talked earlier today with Steve Jones, president of the Atomic Trades and Labor Council in Oak Ridge, and asked him about the situation at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant — where about 1,150 union workers went on strike over the weekend"...8/30

WindmillsRenewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

(Green Car Reports) Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what point will the industry be competitive enough with fossil fuels that subsidies will no longer be necessary? It's possible that will happen sooner, rather than later...8/30

Mercury cleanup grabs attention in Oak Ridge

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge mercury contamination, a legacy of Y-12’s Cold War work on hydrogen bombs, is getting increased attention, and that’s good news for those pushing for accelerated cleanup...8/28

Congressmen denounce MOX studies, request documents

(Aiken Standard) Congressional leaders have requested documents and communication exchanges between the Department of Energy and Aerospace Corp., the group hired earlier this year to conduct an independent cost study of the Savannah River Site’s MOX project...8/30

Local and State

Pencil with testTennessee’s average ACT scores mostly stagnant

(Tennessee Chalkbeat) While Tennessee has worked to transform its public education system during the last five years, its average ACT composite score stayed at 19.8 in 2015 and still trails the national average of 21 out of 36, according to results released Wednesday for the national college entrance exam...8/26

Timeline shows massive privatization on potential fast track

(WVLT) Gov. Bill Haslam says no decision has been made on whether to move forward with the outsourcing of a wide range of government facilities...8/31