Monday, October 19, 2015
ORNL in the News

Mason says FY2015 was a pretty good year for ORNL and explains why

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this week, I asked Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason about the state of the lab and to reflect on Fiscal Year 2015, which concluded Sept. 30.  I posted some of his thoughts on the current budget situation, and he’s got his fingers crossed there...10/17

Energy Department Announces the Results of a National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program

(Southeast Green) The Energy Department announced the release of a major national evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the purpose of the peer-reviewed evaluation was to conduct detailed analysis of the WAP's Program Year 2008 (Retrospective Evaluation) and operations during the 2010 year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act Evaluation)...10/17

China Details Next-Gen Nuclear Reactor Program

(MIT Technology Review) A group of nuclear scientists and entrepreneurs gathered this week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, to observe the 50th anniversary of the molten-salt reactor experiment—a program carried out at Oak Ridge in the 1960s to build a novel nuclear reactor...10/16

Talks underway about Oak Ridge National Laboratory office in Chattanooga

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) Chattanooga business and political leaders are talking with Oak Ridge National Laboratory officials about the lab occupying office space downtown as they eye more collaboration. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said an ORNL presence in Chattanooga could focus on issues such as cybersecurity for the country's power grid...10/18

Mason: ITER funding is biggest uncertainty

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) “I talked a couple of times Thursday with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason about current and future issues, and he said the biggest uncertainty in Fiscal Year 2016 may be funding for U.S. involvement in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor — which is based at ORNL.”...10/16

DOE Announces Buildings Crowdsourcing Competition Winners, New Program

(The ACHR News) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) revealed the first-round winners of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) crowdsourcing competition to advance innovative building technology ideas, and announced a new open innovation program between ORNL and four industry partners...10/16

Science and Technology

GlueballLong sought-after 'glueball': Exotic particle may have been discovered

(Science Daily) ...For decades, scientists have been looking for so-called "glueballs." Now it seems they have been found at last. A glueball is an exotic particle, made up entirely of gluons -- the "sticky" particles that keep nuclear particles together. Glueballs are unstable and can only be detected indirectly, by analysing their decay...10/13


Energy and Science Policy

House Science Subcommittee Hearing on Funding for Deep Space Exploration

(AIP) A recurring theme of congressional hearings on NASA is the difficulty posed by constrained and uncertain budgets on the development of new programs.  This point was reiterated during an October 9 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space...10/15



Building big: UPF at Y-12 state's biggest construction project

(The Chattanooga Times Free Press) The biggest single construction project ever in Tennessee is slated to ramp up next year, and Chattanooga area companies have the chance to tap into it, officials say. "Now is the time to be ready," said Rich Brown, procurement director for the $6.5 billion Uranium Processing Facility project underway at the Y-12 National Security Complex...10/18

Ernest MonizStatement from Secretary Moniz on Adoption Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

( "Adoption Day marks an important milestone in ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful in nature. Today, as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) comes into effect, Iran will begin taking substantial and verifiable steps to roll back its nuclear program and place it under a stringent verification and monitoring regime"...10/18

Local and State

Bill HaslamHaslam report to bond-rating agencies mentions outsourcing

(WATE) While Gov. Bill Haslam says he has not decided whether to outsource management of more state-owned buildings, a document used earlier this month in presentations to New York bond-rating agencies says he’s eyeing that possibility...10/19

Teddy BearTN goal: Lead prevention of children's 'toxic stress'

(The Tennessean) In the mostly rural communities along Interstate 75 in east Tennessee, well-known to law enforcement as a North-South drug corridor, caseworkers are getting an increasing number of calls to check on the welfare of children who live with parents addicted to prescription painkillers or methamphetamine...10/18

Cherokee CavernsPellissippi professors and students begin studying Cherokee Caverns

(WBIR) A grant is allowing professors and students from Pellissippi State Community College to study one of Tennessee's unique caves, Cherokee Caverns. Cherokee Caverns started forming during the Cambrian period, which was 500 million years ago...10/19