Monday, October 6, 2014
ORNL in the News

Power Blackout Management Could Benefit RE Integration

(Green Business Guide) Travis Smith and fellow R&D staff members at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Power and Energy Systems Group have been developing tools that will improve grid protection operation analysis and prediction that can work under different scenarios, and not rely on static simulations that fail to take into account real-time dynamics of the grid...10/6

Emerald Ash BorerForesters monitoring the emerald ash borer on the Oak Ridge Reservation

(PhysOrg) ..."We're hoping we'll have something left to work with," said Greg Byrd, who's part of the ORNL Facilities and Operations Directorate's effort to monitor emerald ash borer effects on DOE's Oak Ridge Reservation. "Maybe 1 percent of ash trees will survive, but that might be optimistic," he said. The pest was first found in Michigan in 2002 and reached Tennessee in 2010. The reservation appeared to be unscathed until 2012, after a collaborative effort with state researchers found the insects in detection traps near the lab...10/3

Brian AndersonNuclear forensics: ORNL's ultra-clean lab has national security role

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...At the core of the 7,000-square-foot facility are a series of labs that must be kept ultra-clean so scientists can precisely analyze and measure mere traces of radioactive materials and affiliated elements without fear of stray particles influencing the results...10/4

FMCSA to recruit fleets for wireless-inspection testing

(FleetOwner) The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long-running examination of conducting vehicle and driver inspections wirelessly moves to an important new phase next year...The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is managing the three-year Phase III project. Innovative Software Engineering (ISE) is ORNL's telematics services provider and software engineering services partner...10/3

SNS repairs ‘progressing very well’

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Ron Crone, acting associate lab director for neutron sciences at ORNL, said the repair work in a section of the linear accelerator at the Spallation Neutron Source is “progressing very well.”...10/4

Science and Technology

AntimaterNew particle is both matter and antimatter

(Nature News) Since the 1930s scientists have been searching for particles that are simultaneously matter and antimatter. Now physicists have found strong evidence for one such entity inside a superconducting material...10/3

Energy and Science Policy

Battle between NSF and House science committee escalates: How did it get this bad?

(Science Magazine) Four times this past summer, in a spare room on the top floor of the headquarters of the National Science Foundation (NSF) outside of Washington, D.C., two congressional staffers spent hours poring over material relating to 20 research projects that NSF has funded over the past decade...10/2

DOE

UCORUCOR restructures to prepare for future DOE roles

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) It's a variation on an old saying, but there's nothing certain about the government's Oak Ridge operations except for change. That's surely the case at URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the Department of Energy's environmental cleanup contractor, which recently unveiled a major reorganization of its management team...10/6

Y-12 employees recognized for excellence in nuclear weapons program

(Oak Ridge Today) Thirteen teams at the Y-12 National Security Complex received Defense Programs Awards of Excellence from the National Nuclear Security Administration at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center....10/3

Gov't audit raps Los Alamos over lax handling of radioactive waste

(Fox News) A government report released this week blasted the safety procedures for handling radioactive waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, following a leak that prompted a shutdown in February...10/3

Local and State

National parks took hit from shutdown

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) ...Communities near Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park were among those to feel the squeeze the most, according to a recent National Park Service report. Hardest hit were Tennessee and North Carolina gateway communities to the national park that's always the busiest: the Great Smoky Mountains...10/5

Haslam proclaims Oct. 12-18 Earth Science Week

(WATE) Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 12-18 Earth Science Week in Tennessee. The week will be used to promote the role that geology and other earth sciences play in the state's safety, health, welfare and economy. As part of the week, Earth Science toolkits will be distributed to science teachers across the state...10/6

Top community-college students to be guaranteed UT spots

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Students who leave one of the state’s community colleges with an associate degree and a B-average will now earn guaranteed admission to the University of Tennessee...10/3