Monday, October 11, 2010
ORNL in the News

Committee looks for UT research vice chancellor

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Boosting research grants and contracts and strengthening the bond between the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be at the top of the to-do list for the next leader of research on the Knoxville campus...10/9

Is the SNS producing billion-dollar science?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source was constructed at a cost of $1.4 billion, becoming operational in the spring of 2006 with big-time aspirations for materials science at a new level, and since that time there has been a steady increase in power and the number of research instruments...10/8

ORNL Climate System's Big Reveal

(HPC Wire) Last week, Jim Rogers, the director of operations at ORNL's National Center for Computational Sciences, disclosed the name of the new Cray XT6 machine that will be number crunching in support of climate research. The appropriate moniker? Gaea, or Mother Earth...10/8

Air science could be used for first time ever in Anthony case

(Orlando Sentinel) The science resembles something you might expect to see on television's "CSI": odor and air samples originating from the trunk of a vehicle being used to prove a child's body decomposed inside...The science identifies the chemical compounds associated with the decomposition of human bodies. The researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, led by Dr. Arpad Vass, expressed caution in their final, 18-page, April 2009 forensic report to Orange County detectives. ...10/8

UT-Battelle United Way Campaign Tops $1 Million 3rd Straight Year

(News Blaze) UT-Battelle United Way Campaign Chairman Kathy Carney said about $900,000 was contributed by employees, and UT-Battelle contributed a corporate gift of $100,000...10/8



'Super graduate assistantship' offered at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee, in partnership with Y-12 National Security Complex, a manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge, recently reinvented traditional graduate assistantships by creating the MBA Career Advantage Program...10/9

State & Regional

Former UT Business School Dean Recommends Overhaul of Higher Education Governance

(TN Business Wire) The state’s governance of higher education needs immediate overhaul to eliminate costly duplication in administration and programming, according to the former dean of the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration...10/8




White House Aide Doubts Need to Halt Foreclosures

(New York Times) A top White House adviser questioned the need on Sunday for a blanket halt to home foreclosures, even as pressure grows on the Obama administration to do something about growing evidence that banks have used inaccurate documents to evict homeowners...10/10

As agencies' budgets tighten, civilians used for police duties

(USAToday) Police agencies across the country are recruiting thousands of civilians for a growing number of duties previously performed by uniformed cops, in an unusual concession to local budget cuts...10/11 

East Tennessee

Bredesen proposes health reform fix in book

(WBIR) Gov. Phil Bredesen is re-entering the fray over health-care reform, with a new book that calls for a fundamental overhaul of the nation's medical industry...10/8


energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

10/8 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • States rules drive solar market: DOE
  • Offshore wind capacity put at 4,000 GW
  • US-China building center gets $12.5M
  • US, France, Japan expand reactor work
  • BOEM seeks comments on waiver policy

science & technology

Commercial Spaceship Flies Free In First Glide Test

(Discovery News) Virgin Galactic's commercial suborbital spaceship completed its first free flight on Sunday, gliding from an altitude of 45,000 feet to a landing at the Mojave Air Space Port in California. The spaceship, named VSS Enterprise, has made four previous forays into the air attached beneath a carrier aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo. Sunday's test flight was the spaceship's first solo...10/11

New Web Code Draws Concern Over Risks to Privacy

(New York Times) Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users on the Internet. But the alarmists have not seen anything yet...10/10

Black Hole Blasts Superheated Early Universe

(National Geographic) Monster galaxies with supermassive black hole hearts released fierce blasts that superheated the early universe, new Hubble observations suggest. The scorching conditions also stunted the growth of smaller dwarf galaxies, the new research shows....10/10

Other Stories

Stuff you should know about Columbus

(Washington Post)  [Registration Required] A lot of what people think they know about Christopher Columbus is myth. Here are some things about the explorer who didn't discover America that may surprise you:  Little is known for certain about the early life of Christopher Columbus.  Many historians believe he was born in Genoa, Italy, and his name was Christoffa Corombo or Christoforo Colombo, or one of several other names...10/11