Thursday, September 3, 2015
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist on Simplifying the Recovery of Rare Earths

(InvestorIntel) ...Tracy Weslosky speaks with Ramesh Bhave, the Senior Research Scientist, for the Materials Science & Technology Division for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory about his role as the lead for the Membrane Solvent Extraction project for rare earth separations...8/31

ORNL manufacturing facility part of national effort to make innovations

(Oak Ridge Today) The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is part of a national effort to keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and manufacturing, a federal official said Thursday...9/2

Researcher honored for helping advance Latinas in tech field

(Oak Ridge Today) ...Postdoctoral fellow Andrea Rocha is a member of a UT research team. She works on Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology Terry Hazen’s joint UT-ORNL team, and she was chosen as one of 32 women worldwide to be profiled in the magazine’s “Latinas at Tech Giants” edition...9/3

ORNL-Developed Building Efficiency Software Now Available

(Newswise)  ORNL principal investigator Joshua New, in collaboration with a team of researchers, developed the automated calibration software, which reduces the amount of time and expertise needed to optimize building parameters for cost and energy savings...9/2

ORNL’s Wolfgram named outstanding emergency manager

(Oak Ridge Today) Emergency Management Specialist Michele Wolfgram of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory received an excellence in emergency management award at the Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group’s, or EMI SIG, annual meeting, held in West Virginia...9/1

Buddy Bland to speak at FORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Arthur “Buddy” Bland, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility, will be guest speaker at the Sept. 8 meeting of Friends of ORNL...ORNL has a stable of supercomputers, including the Cray system known as Titan. Titan currently is the fastest computer in the United States that’s used for open science...9/2

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2015  

(EurekAlert) MATERIALS - Solar bake test for NASA...HEALTH -- Diabetes progression... TRANSPORTATION - Synergistic lubricant pair...ELECTRIC VEHICLES -- Wireless charging success...COMPUTING -- New tool improves modeling...9/1

Science and Technology

Lots of Trees to Hug: Study Counts 3 Trillion Trees on Earth

(NY Times) More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes...9/2

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Committee Approves Major Energy Bill with Science Provisions

(AIP) On July 30, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved, by a bipartisan vote of 18 to 4, omnibus energy policy legislation, sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration...9/1


CNS research teams named 2015 R&D 100 Award finalists

(Oak Ridge Today) Two teams of Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC researchers at the Y-12 National Security Complex are finalists in the 2015 R&D 100 Awards program. The LISe Thermal Neutron Imager, or LTNI, and a sensor named ChIMES, which is short for Chemical Identification by Magneto-Elastic Sensing, were selected as finalists by a panel of 70 independent judges...9/1

Making fuel from light  

(EurekAlert)...Recent experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have afforded researchers a greater understanding of how to manipulate photosynthesis, putting humankind one step closer to harvesting "solar fuel," a clean energy source that could one day help replace coal and natural gas...9/2

Energy Department Issues Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Report, $6M for Native American Clean Energy Projects 

( The U.S. Department of Energy issued a report today showing that threats to tribal energy infrastructure are expected to increase as climate change impacts extreme weather conditions...9/2

World’s most powerful digital camera being built by US Department of Energy

( The US Department of Energy is building a digital camera that puts your camera to shame. I don’t even need to know anything about your camera to say that, because the DoE’s new project is literally the most powerful digital camera ever constructed. The camera will be part of the imaging system in the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) where it will help catalog celestial objects at warp speed...9/2

Local and State

State privatization idea draws fire from UT campus workers 

( The possibility the state might privatize thousands of state jobs including some on public college campuses is drawing opposition from University of Tennessee Knoxville service workers...9/2