Thursday, September 19, 2013
ORNL in the News

Graeagle scientist wins lifetime achievement award

Steve Lindberg(Plumas County News) Steve Lindberg, of Graeagle, got a nice surprise recently. He received a call from Toronto inviting him to Edinburgh, Scotland, to receive the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research...Lindberg is a fellow emeritus at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and held adjunct professor positions at the universities of Michigan, Tennessee and Nevada...9/19

Findings on Molecular Imaging Reported by Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Hispanic Business) Research findings on Molecular Imaging are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "We have developed a SPECT imaging system, AwakeSPECT, to enable molecular brain imaging of untrained mice that are conscious, unanesthetized, and unrestrained...9/18

Supercomputing the transition from ordinary to extraordinary forms of matter

(R&D Magazine) To get a better understanding of the subatomic soup that filled the early universe, and how it “froze out” to form the atoms of today’s world, scientists are taking a closer look at the nuclear phase diagram...The plan is to use new software developed under the SciDAC-3 partnership program and computing resources applied for by USQCD through the DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program—and ideally, the world largest supercomputer, TITAN, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which combines more than 18,000 GPUs...9/18

DOE

UCOR names new chief operating officer

Matt Marston(Oak Ridge Today) UCOR, the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, has picked Matt Marston as its new chief operating officer...9/18

East Tennessee

Schools give students Macbooks as a new learning tool

(WVLT) Knox County Schools are keeping up with the times and giving students Macbook Pros. Wednesday, Holston Middle School students and parents were being trained to use them...9/18

 

State & Regional

Superintendents' petition mailed to governor

(WATE) A petition that raises serious concerns about Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman has been sent to the governor...9/19

Haslam: VW tax credits not contingent on no union

(WATE) Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has not made tax incentives for Volkswagen contingent on the German automaker rejecting the United Auto Workers union at its Chattanooga assembly plant...9/18

 

 

energy & science policy

Canada, Australia struggling with science policy issues too

(Ars Technica) We've recently brought you some rather unfortunate news about how US politicians and lobbyists respond to science policy issues. But awkward relationships to science aren't exclusive to the states. Earlier this week in Canada, 17 cities hosted Stand Up for Science rallies, in which researchers protested the government's handling of its own researchers...9/18

science & technology

Nanocrystal Catalyst Transforms Impure Hydrogen Into Electricity

(Science Daily) The quest to harness hydrogen as the clean-burning fuel of the future demands the perfect catalysts -- nanoscale machines that enhance chemical reactions...9/18

Humans sense 10 basic types of smell, scientists say

nose(BBC) Prof Jason Castro, of Bates College, and Prof Chakra Chennubhotla, of the University of Pittsburgh, used a computerised technique to whittle down smells to their most basic essence...9/18

Supercool simulation

(International Science Grid This Week) For several years scientists at GE Global Research have been developing 'icephobic' surfaces – surfaces that will prevent ice formation...Using molecular dynamics – and with an assist from Titan at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge Tennessee, US – researchers can now track the position of every single water molecule in very short time slices known as femtoseconds...9/18

Other Stories

A summer full of knowledge

(Independent Herald) Sophomore Sharon Smith, a civil engineering major, is the first Walters State Community College student to earn an Oak Ridge National Laboratory internship since the two institutions announced a unique partnership last year...9/18