Monday, September 10, 2012
ORNL in the News


Tom D'AgostinoNNSA confirms Dan Hoag's reassignment

(Knoxville News Sentinel) NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino in a staff memo today confirmed that Dan Hoag, the deputy manager of the NNSA Production Office (overseeing Y-12 and Pantex operations) had been temporarily assigned to the Department of Energy's site office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was another of the "key personnel changes" that have taken place while the NNSA conducts security reviews in the wake of the stunning breach July 28 at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...9/7


Natural Gas RigGamechanging Natural Gas Tech Gets Green Light

(Forbes) In April, the U.S. Department of Energy and an international consortium of major oil and gas companies completed an unprecedented two-month proof-of-concept test in the North Slope of Alaska...9/8

Waste-Plant Dispute Builds

(Wall Street Journal) The U.S. Department of Energy is slowing construction of a facility to process the country's largest accumulation of radioactive waste, amid an increasingly acrimonious dispute about the design and safety of the $12.2 billion project...9/9

State & Regional

Saturday hours set for getting voter IDs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Eight driver's license centers — including one in Knoxville — will be open on two Saturdays for issuing photo identification cards that will allow holders to vote in the November election, according to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security...9/10


World Trade Center RuinsFeds May Acknowledge Ground Zero Cancer Link

(ABC News) The federal government may formally acknowledge that Ground Zero first responders and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods could have gotten cancer as a result of their exposure to toxic dust following the Sept. 11 terror attacks...9/10

Returning US Congress Faces a Crush of Big Tasks

(CNBC) One of the most unpopular and unproductive U.S. Congresses in modern history returns on Monday from a five-week recess, facing a crush of big tasks, few of which will likely get done...9/10

Border Patrol halts program that provided flights home to Mexico for illegal immigrants

(Fox News) The U.S. government has halted flights home for Mexicans caught entering the country illegally in the deadly summer heat of Arizona's deserts, a money-saving move that ends a seven-year experiment that cost taxpayers nearly $100 million...9/10

energy & science policy

White House Announces Plans to Create a National Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering Master Teacher Corps

(AIP) “The STEM Master Teacher Corps will begin with 50 exceptional STEM teachers established in 50 sites and will be expanded over 4 years to reach 10,000 Master Teachers..."...9/7

science & technology


Voyager’s long goodbye

(Nature News) Are we there yet? Ed Stone, the project scientist for NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft, wants to know. Since their launch in 1977, the probes have ventured billions of kilometres beyond the outer planets...9/5

'Benign' Malaria Key Driver of Human Evolution in Asia-Pacific

(Science Daily) The malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome, a new study has shown. An international team of researchers has shown that Plasmodium vivax malaria, the most prevalent malaria species in the Asia-Pacific, is a significant cause of genetic evolution that provides protection against malaria...9/4

Savanna River BateriaSRS nuclear growth "biological," but what does it eat?

(Augusta Chronicle) A mysterious, cobweblike growth with a fondness for Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel has been identified – but not formally named. “We did a genetic analysis and found a diverse population of mostly bacteria,” said Christopher Berry, the senior technical adviser of the Savannah River National Labortory...9/10

Other Stories

U.S. officials fret emergency oil won't ease fuel prices: sources

(Reuters) Obama administration officials told energy experts this week they worry a release of crude from U.S. emergency reserves would do little to temper global oil prices partly driven by tighter supplies of refined fuel like gasoline...9/8