Monday, September 25, 2017
ORNL in the News

Oak Ridge National Laboratory executive, 3 others nominated for seats on TVA board

(The Tennessean) President Donald Trump has nominated Oak Ridge National Laboratory executive Jeffrey Smith and three other people to the Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors. Smith, the lab's deputy for operations, was nominated to the nine-member board for a term that will run through May 2022...9/21

Miniature detector first to spot coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering

(CERN Courier) The COHERENT collaboration at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the US has detected coherent elastic scattering of neutrinos off nuclei for the first time. The ability to harness this process, predicted 43 years ago, offers new ways to study neutrino properties and could drastically reduce the scale of neutrino detectors...9/22

Experts head to Beijing to test experimental nuclear reactors

(Business Mirror) China National Nuclear Power Co. this month announced a joint venture to build and operate a “traveling wave reactor” in Hebei province...The development follows Canada’s SNC-Lavalin, which has agreed to build a new recycled-fuel plant with China National Nuclear Corp. and Shanghai Electric Group, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is working with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics on a salt-cooled system...9/24

Murray RosenthalMurray Rosenthal-One of ORNL’s best cheerleaders

(The Oak Ridger) Carolyn Krause brings us another in depth study of one of our local scientists. Murray Rosenthal has been engaged in Oak Ridge in many ways during his career at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...9/21

Science and Technology

Copper Alloy-InconelNASA tests first 3-D printed rocket engine part made with two different alloys

(PhysOrg) Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, tested NASA's first 3-D printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys through an innovative advanced manufacturing process...9/25

Energy and Science Policy

Key House Appropriator Backs NSF Physical Sciences Boost

(AIP) During floor debate on the House’s omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018, Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chair John Culberson (R-TX) supported a successful amendment by Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) to shift $30.2 million to physical and biological sciences research at the National Science Foundation from other agency activities...9/21


High Performance Computing for Materials Program brings government, industry together to improve energy technologies

(The American Ceramic Society) This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new initiative between its national labs and private industry to spur development of materials used in severe environments. The High Performance Computing for Materials Program (HPC4Mtls) aims to help industry "solve common materials issues...9/22

New Energy CIO eyes expansion of cyber, cloud efforts

(Federal News Radio) The Energy Department is relying on its network of labs to develop and share cutting-edge cyber tools to better secure almost every industry. Take the work by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, which is helping the energy sector get a leg up on cyber attackers...9/22

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $36 Million for Projects to Advance Carbon Capture Technologies

( U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced approximately $36 million in federally-funded financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies. Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office Of Fossil Energy (FE), the Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support cost-shared research and development projects...9/22

Local and State

EPB Energizes Flow Battery To Better Serve Customers And Support National Grid Modernization Efforts

(The Chattanoogan) EPB has energized a 100kW/400kWh Vanadium Redox Flow Battery as part of a national research effort to explore the best use of cutting edge technologies that could be implemented across the United States to modernize the power grid...9/22

Zoo Knoxville receiving $500K for new reptile facility

(WBIR TV) Zoo Knoxville's plans for a new reptile science and educational facility are receiving a large boost in the form of a $500,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences...9/22