Monday, September 30, 2013
ORNL in the News

FEMA Deputy Administrator Visits ORNL

( Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory Sept. 25 to learn about the laboratory's supercomputing capabilities that could be useful in responding to emergencies...9/27

ORNL announces preemptive plan ahead of budge cuts

(WBIR) Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced a voluntary separation program to cope with budget cuts and uncertain financial standings of government programs...9/27


Statement by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the IPCC Report

( "I believe that the report is a watershed; we have clear evidence from our climate scientists that global warming is happening and that we as humans are playing a critical role, which is the underpinning of the President's Climate Action Plan...."...9/27

State & Regional

Thousands to lose insurance as Tennessee shuts down programs

(WBIR) More than 28,000 Tennesseans will lose access to state-sponsored insurance programs that are either winding down or curtailing enrollment because of the Affordable Care Act...9/29

Tennessee not alone in public land fracking debate

(The Tennessean) Environmental activists chalked it up as a victory when the University of Tennessee failed this month to receive any bids for a natural gas drilling project on an 8,600-acre publicly owned research forest...9/30


Shutdown Showdown: Gridlock Over Obamacare as Deadline Looms

(ABC News) Congress is stubbornly deadlocked over the federal budget and ongoing rollout of Obamacare, as a midnight deadline for a government shutdown quickly approaches. There are no bipartisan negotiations or emergency meetings underway on Capitol Hill, and many lawmakers are convinced that parts of the federal government will soon grind to a halt for the first time in 17 years...9/30

Islamic terrorists kill at least 40 students in attack on Nigerian college

(Fox News) Islamic terrorists dressed in Nigerian military uniforms assaulted a college inside the country Sunday, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in their dorms and shot others trying to flee, witnesses say...9/29

East Tennessee

Guest column: Selling Oak Ridge to the DOE workforce

(Oak Ridge Today) Our city urgently needs to market Oak Ridge to the local U.S. Department of Energy workforce. That workforce brings a billion dollar payroll into East Tennessee each year. Unfortunately, the Oak Ridge economy sees very little of this money...9/30


energy & science policy

Energy Department Announces Funding to Provide Better Visibility into the Health of the Nation’s Electric Grid

( As part of the Administration’s commitment to improve the reliability and resiliency of the Nation’s electric grid, the Energy Department today announced up to $9 million in funding to facilitate rapid response to abnormal grid conditions...9/26

Lawrence TalbotNIH Swears Off Science Education

(Science Magazine) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has never been in the business of supporting precollege science education and promoting health literacy to the public, says NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak. And now it’s official NIH policy, too...9/27

science & technology

Sequester Takes Uneven Bite From Agency Budgets

(Science Magazine) For nearly a year now, U.S. research leaders have been issuing dire warnings about layoffs and shuttered labs in the wake of the 5% budget cut, known as the sequester, that hit most federal research agencies in 2013...9/27

Novel Technology to Produce Gasoline by a Metabolically-Engineered Microorganism

(Science Daily) Scientists succeeded in producing 580 mg of gasoline per litre of cultured broth by converting in vivo generated fatty acid...9/29

South AmericaNASA Earth Map Shows Where Pollution Kills

(Discovery News) Many of us would like to think that air pollution is a problem that can simply dissipate after a few days. But the health effects from it linger, and what we can’t see can kill us. Earth scientists studying air pollution have just released a map that shows air pollution deaths over time on a global scale...9/28

Other Stories

IPCCHuman Influence On Climate Clear, IPCC Report Says

(Science Daily) Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes...9/27

Out there

Nose on ForeheadWhy Build a Nose on a Forehead?

(The Atlantic) 22-year-old Xiaolian, of China's Fujian province, injured his nose in a car accident last year, and he didn't get treatment. A subsequent infection ate away the cartilage of his nose. It kept getting worse, and when he did get medical attention, doctors decided he needed a whole new nose...9/27