Wednesday, October 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

Development of Cherokee Farm project underway

(FindLaw) With its anchor facility well under construction and due to be stocked with a dream list of research equipment, Cherokee Farm Development Corp. CEO Cliff Hawks says it's time to take the project to the next level. It's time to line up other development for the 188-acre research campus that the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing off Alcoa Highway...10/8

Dongarra Honored with Ken Kennedy Award for Contributions to Supercomputing

(HPC Wire) HPC luminary Jack Dongarra has been selected to receive an ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award...Dongarra is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Tennessee...He also holds positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Manchester...10/8

New Lab Project Explores Uncharted Environmental Frontier of Subsurface Ecogenomics

(Lab Manager) The key to a better understanding of the carbon cycle, the flow of contaminants, even the sustainable growth of biofuel crops, starts with the ground beneath your feet...The project is called Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area 2.0, and involves 50 scientists from Berkeley Lab and other institutions including UC Berkeley, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Oak Ridge National Lab...10/8


Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

(BBC News) ...a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility could boost hopes of scaling up fusion...10/7

Researcher Receives Grant to Study Uncertainty in Ice Sheet Models

(HPC Wire) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.85 million to mechanical engineering professor George Biros at The University of Texas at Austin to quantify uncertainties in large-scale computer simulations, including models of the melting Antarctic ice sheets...10/8



Obama to name Yellen as Federal Reserve chairman on Wednesday

(Washington Post) President Obama on Wednesday will nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to lead the U.S. central bank, officials said, selecting a renowned economist focused on combating unemployment for one of the most powerful positions in the world...10/8

East Tennessee

ORHS has 11 seniors named National Merit semifinalists

(Oak Ridge Today) Eleven seniors from the Class of 2014 at Oak Ridge High School have been named National Merit semifinalists...10/8

energy & science policy

How to Slice a Global Carbon Pie?

(NY Times) It was the middle of the night. In a matter of hours, journalists from around the world would be showing up, expecting details about the latest big United Nations climate report...10/7

science & technology

Major leap towards graphene for solar cells

(PhysOrg) Dr. Marc Gluba and Professor Dr. Norbert Nickel of the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics have shown that graphene retains its impressive set of properties when it is coated with a thin silicon film. These findings have paved the way for entirely new possibilities to use in thin-film photovoltaics...10/8

Report Says a Shortage of Nuclear Ingredient Looms

(NY Times) Most nuclear reactors in the United States rely on a type of lithium that is produced only by China and Russia, and the supply may be drying up, according to a study to be released on Wednesday...10/8

Three Share Nobel Chemistry Prize For Complex Computer Modeling

(NPR) Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their development of powerful computer models used to simulate how chemical reactions work, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced...10/9

Other Stories

2nd chemical weapons team heading for Syria

(AP) The chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday the organization is sending a second team of inspectors to Syria to expand its high-stakes, high-risk mission to rid Syria of its poison gas stockpile...10/8

Turkey's first nuclear power plant likely to be delayed

(Reuters) Turkey's first nuclear power plant is likely to be delayed by at least a year, a source close to the plans said on Tuesday, as bureaucratic hurdles hamper the $20 billion project...10/8