Wednesday, October 2, 2013
ORNL in the News

Mason: defer and scrutinize, stay focused on missions

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In a Monday afternoon message, ORNL Director Thom Mason reminded employees to come to work Tuesday, even in the event of a shutdown, noting that the lab would use its “limited carryover funds” to operate in the short term....10/1

Bruce WarmackORNL physicist to discuss sensors, detection technologies

(Oak Ridge Today) A physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will discuss sensors and detection technologies, such as those used in smoke alarms, at a Friends of ORNL meeting on Tuesday. The talk by Bruce Warmack of the ORNL Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division is titled “Making machines sense our world.”...10/1


Energy Department Sidesteps Shutdown For Now

(Information Week) A message in large type at the top of the Energy Department's website Tuesday declared: "Notice: Due to the current lapse of federal funding, the Department of Energy's website is accessible, but may not be updated until Congress authorizes funds for Fiscal Year 2014." ...10/1

Michael VoceVoce starts today as general manager of Oak Ridge security force

(Oak Ridge Today) Michael Voce started today as general manager of the National Strategic Protective Services’ protective force contract at U.S. Department of Energy sites in Oak Ridge....10/1

State & Regional

Health Care Sign-upHealth insurance exchange goes live in Tenn.

(Centre Daily Times) Tennesseans on Tuesday began signing up for health insurance under an online marketplace run by the federal government...10/1

Earthquake zoneAmerican Heartland At High Risk For Sizable Earthquakes

(Red Orbit) An earthquake zone that extends from Marked Tree, Arkansas to Paducah, Kentucky and as far south as Memphis, Tennessee has a higher earthquake risk than adjacent areas within the United States...9/30


Gov't shutdown: No progress on ending stalemate

(AP) The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions - from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans' claims - in limbo from coast to coast....10/2

LavrovRussia: chemical weapons deal a good start, but Syria peace is still far off

(CS Monitor) The plan to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons is off to a bumpy but acceptable start, but hopes for a general peace settlement of the country's two-and-a-half-year-old civil war remain stymied by US inability to bring the anti-regime rebels to the bargaining table, Russian officials and Kremlin-linked experts say...10/2

East Tennessee

TVASeveral big East TN facilities open despite shutdown

(WBIR) Several big agencies and facilities in East Tennessee are up and running despite the government shutdown. At the strike of midnight Tuesday, the U.S. government shut down after Congress failed to reach a decision on a stopgap spending bill...10/1

energy & science policy

Federal Government Shutdown: Science and Technology Agency Information

(AIP) When Fiscal Year 2014 started at 12:01 AM today, no appropriations bills had been passed providing funding for the continued operations of the federal government.  There is no information about how the months-long impasse over the health care law and spending levels will be resolved...10/1

science & technology

IPCCIPCC Still Really, Really Sure We're Causing Climate Change

(Popular Science) Today, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finally released the final version of the first segment of their Fifth Assessment Report, a comprehensive document detailing essentially everything scientists have to say about climate change—or rather, everything that hundreds of scientists and reviewers can agree upon.

As Shutdown Takes Hold, an Essential Few Scientists Still on the Job

(Science Magazine) ...Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, is less optimistic about how long his lab can keep the doors open. "Basically, we're trying to take things day by day for the moment," he says. "I don't think we can make it through a month."...10/1

Artificial PancreasThe FDA Has Approved The First Artificial Pancreas

(Popular Science) ...This system, designed by Minneapolis-based medical tech company Medtronic, is a wearable little gadget that stops insulin delivery automatically when glucose levels get too low, hopefully keeping the wearer from going into a diabetic coma...10/1

Other Stories

Hourslong effort to sign up for health coverage ends emptyhanded

(The Tennessean) The federal health exchange is busted. At least it was for this 28-year-old, nonsmoking female Tennessean looking to sign up for coverage on day one of the exchange...10/2

Bill GatesMicrosoft investors push for chairman Gates to step down

(Reuters) Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter....10/1