Thursday, September 4, 2014
ORNL in the News

Beyond Titan: ORNL next-gen supercomputer award expected in late October

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Buddy Bland, who directs the Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also serves as the ORNL chief on CORAL (Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore) — the big deal that’s supposed to provide pre-exascale supercomputers for each of the three labs by sometime in the 2017 timeframe...9/3

The first class of Liane Russell Fellows at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Liane Russell, mammalian geneticist and one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s most esteemed researchers, recently turned 91 years ago. She was at the lab last week to meet, greet and congratulate the recipients of a new fellowship named in her honor...9/2

Germany, Poland and SNS

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Piotr Zolnierczuk, a scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source, will be guest speaker at the Sept. 9 lunch meeting of Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of his speech is, “Germany’s Part of the SNS — a Polish Scientist’s Experience.”...9/3

Scientists learn to control reactions with the shape of a rare-earth catalyst

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered they can control chemical reactions in a new way by creating different shapes of cerium oxide, a rare-earth-based catalyst...8/28

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sept. 2014

(Newswise) Rifle optical sighting systems with a 19th century heritage could blast into modern times with a laser-based bullet tracking system being developed by a team led by Slobodan Rajic of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/3

Science and Technology

Interest in Solar Water Heating Spreads Globally

(NY Times) ...Interest in solar water heating has spread quietly around the world. Though the technique has been around for more than a century, the concept of using the sun to heat water gets far less attention than its better-known cousin, solar electricity produced from photovoltaic panels...9/3

More than twice as much mercury in environment as thought

(Science Magazine) The most comprehensive estimate of mercury released into the environment is putting a new spotlight on the potent neurotoxin...9/4

Energy and Science Policy

House Hearing on National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

(AIP) There was unanimity at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology that earthquakes pose a significant threat to millions of Americans throughout the United States...8/29

Lowering coal-fired power plant emissions may have saved 1,700 lives in one year

(PhysOrg) After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states—and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving...9/3

DOE

Ann Gehl to head beryllium test lab in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ann Gehl has been named manager of the Department of Energy’s Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation Laboratory, which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities...9/2

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists to solve energy, environmental issues

(PhysOrg) ...Led by scientists at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne, Brookhaven, and Oak Ridge national laboratories, KBase amasses the data available on plants, microbes, microbial communities, and the interactions among them with the aim of improving the environment and energy production...8/29

Project LIBERTY Biorefinery Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production

(Energy.gov) Project LIBERTY, the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock, announced the start of production today. Once operating at full, commercial-scale, the biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year - enough to avoid approximately 210,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually...9/3                

Tracking groundwater pollution beyond DOE’s boundaries

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Years of groundwater monitoring have yet to firmly establish whether hazardous pollutants from the Department of Energy’s waste burial grounds are migrating to private properties on the other side of the Clinch River. But the concerns remain and the search continues...9/2

Local and State

Underrepresented Junior Faculty Recognized at ORNL Event

(Tennessee Today) UT faculty members were recognized at an Oak Ridge National Laboratory event Thursday. The four researchers are participants in the UT-ORNL Collaborative Cohort Program. Under the new UT-ORNL Science Alliance program, underrepresented UT junior faculty will collaborate with ORNL early career scientists...8/29

UT library ranks 24 in US, Canada

(The Daily Beacon) UT has added a new title to its belt. Every year, 125 of the largest research libraries in the U.S. and Canada are ranked by the Association of Research Libraries. This year, UT's library system ranked in the top 25, holding the 24th spot...9/4