Wednesday, October 23, 2013
ORNL in the News

Powell to head ORNL’s ES&H; Herndon shifts to IT assignment

(Knoxville News Sentinel) John E. Powell has been named head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s environment, safety and health directorate. He succeeds Joe Herndon, who will lead an “operational improvement effort focused on improving IT systems in support of the research staff, the lab said. Powell holds a degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University...10/22

Additive ManufacturingForget What You Know

(Modern Machine Shop) In small ways and in very big ways, additive manufacturing changes basic assumptions about the design of manufactured parts. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is discovering what the new assumptions should be...10/22

John StoreyORNL’s John Storey recognized for automotive research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) John Storey, a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 1992, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers...10/22

Grant awarded to the study of uncertainties in simulations

(Scientific Computing World) Mechanical engineering professor, George Biros, at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $2.85 million grant by the US Department of Energy for the quantification of uncertainties in large-scale computer simulations...In addition to the ICES researchers...Jeffrey Vetter, leader of the Future Technologies Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will aid in scaling the new methodologies to supercomputers...10/22


Y-12 receives six of 18 NNSA sustainability awards

(Oak Ridge Today) The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge received six of 18 sustainability awards announced by the National Nuclear Security Administration on Tuesday...10/22

State & Regional

Feds OK flexible spending for Tennessee to help keep kids out of foster care

(Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Tennessee is among seven states selected to participate in a “ground-breaking” demonstration project aimed at keeping more children safely in their homes instead of putting them into foster care, officials said today...10/22

TWRATWRA to get extension

(WBIR) A legislative panel recommended giving the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency a four-year extension despite an audit that criticized the organization for failing to track equipment and credit card spending...10/22


Drone strikes: Rights groups berate US for not following its own rules

(CS Monitor) Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say the US is not providing the transparency on drone strikes promised by President Obama last May and may even be guilty of war crimes...10/22

House in DetroitTrial to examine if Detroit eligible in bankruptcy

(AP) The city of Detroit for months has disclosed the awful condition of its finances. Now it's up to a judge to determine if the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history really can go forward...10/23

East Tennessee

Botched paperwork hurt driving records, cases dismissed

(WBIR) It was 4 a.m. when a "very pregnant" South Carolina woman got in her car bound for Knoxville. Officials in the Knox County Criminal Court Clerks' office had told her days before that she needed to be here in court if she wanted more time to pay her speeding ticket. That wasn't true, according to records. She could have stayed at home...10/22

energy & science policy

Scientists raise concerns about $60 billion nuclear weapons plan

(PhysOrg) The Energy Department's plan to modernize its aging nuclear weapons complex and update the seven hydrogen bomb designs in the nation's arsenal would require massive investments at a time of severe budget pressure...10/22

science & technology

Fire Detection SatelliteFinal word is near on dark-matter signal

(Nature News) Viewed end on, the arrays of photomulti­plier tubes on the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment look like beds of flowers. The hope is that they will capture sparks of light emitted when particles of dark matter collide with liquid xenon...10/22

silicon chipsNew Device Stores Electricity On Silicon Chips

(Science Daily) Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University...10/22

WindmillWind Power Proves Effective CO2 Saver

(Scientific American) One of the most oft-repeated arguments of the anti-wind lobby is that turbines produce electricity only intermittently, when there is enough wind to turn them...10/22

Other Stories

Sluggish US hiring shows effects of budget impasse

(WATE) A dim view of the U.S. job market emerged Tuesday with a report that employers cut back on hiring in September just before a partial government shutdown began...10/22

noticeThousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes

(Kaiser Health News) Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies...10/22