Monday, October 26, 2015
ORNL in the News

Ron GravesRon Graves inducted into automotive hall of fame

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Ron Graves, longtime research engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and director of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center, has been inducted into the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association’s Hall of Fame...10/23

Global population database release

(ee Publishers) East View has released the LandScan 2014 Global Population Database. LandScan is developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the United States Department of Defense. Annually updated since the year 2000, this represents the 16th version of the database...10/26

Keeping Food Cool

(R&D Magazine) Most refrigerants used in supermarket applications have a high global warming potential (GWP) due to their chemical components. Honeywell International Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Solistice N40 Refrigerant is a new alternative refrigerant to replace the existing refrigerants in low- and medium-temperature refrigeration applications...10/23

Better Fluorescent Lighting Through Physics

(Breaking Energy) General Electric (GE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created new kinds of fluorescent lighting phosphors that use far less rare-earth elements than current technology. Phosphors are the substances inside fluorescent tube bulbs that make them glow...10/23

Researcher Helping StudentORNL researchers help raise nuclear awareness to young students

(WBIR) Children are working on nuclear science experiments in East Tennessee as a part of a national event. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is participating in Nuclear Science Week through a number of events. Nuclear Science Week was created to help raise awareness of nuclear energy and how it can be used cleanly. ...10/22

Aerojet Rocketdyne, UT, ORNL Take on New Advanced Manufacturing Thrust

(Tennessee Today) The College of Engineering and the US Department of Energy's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have embarked on a new initiative in additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry...10/22

Science and Technology

Professor helps develop new technique for locating genetic 'switches'

(PhysOrg) Dr. Eric Mendenhall, assistant professor at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), has discovered a new way of locating the genetic "switches" on specific points on DNA, called enhancers, that control when a gene is turned on or off...

Energy and Science Policy

TelescopeUS astronomers stuck in grant-rejection cycle

(Nature News) US-based astronomers and astrophysicists are seeing their applications for research grants rejected at higher rates because of stagnant budgets and an uptick in the number of resubmitted proposals, according to a draft report written for an advisory committee to the US National Science Foundation (NSF)...10/23

DOE

Desert Research Institute seeks contract to manage Energy Department lab

(The Las Vegas Sun) The Desert Research Institute is one of two bidders for a significant federal contract to manage a Department of Energy research installation near the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, according to a briefing prepared for Nevada higher-education officials...10/23

Y-12 contractor faces $33,000 penalty

(WBIR) Y-12's managing contractor is facing a $33,000 penalty for shipping too much radioactive material in July. Federal officials issued civil penalties against consolidated nuclear security, according to paperwork from the US Department of Transportation. Those documents show CNS shipped 10 times the amount of highly enriched uranium than originally planned...10/22

UT-Battelle appeals assessment in tax battle with Roane, OR

(Styrk) Roane County's biggest property taxpayer is contesting how much some buildings are worth on the tax rolls, and several hundred thousand dollars in property taxes for the county and Oak Ridge are at stake. UT-Battelle Development Corp. contends the Roane County Property Assessor's office made a nearly 100,000-square-foot mistake in calculating the size of a major building expansion at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/23

Decision on enrichment project followed complex path

(Chillicothe Gazette) Last year, Congress ordered the Department of Energy to figure out how much nuclear fuel the U.S. would need over the next 45 years to power America's naval fleet, its NASA missions, and other critical programs. Ohio lawmakers hoped the DOE study would justify seeking millions of additional federal dollars for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon...10/23

Local and State

Advanced Munitions International LLC Announces $553.6 Million Expansion In Tennessee

(American Hunter) Advanced Munitions International LLC (AMI) has announced that it is investing $553.6 million to build a global headquarters and state-of-the-art munitions manufacturing facility in Alcoa, Tennessee. The new facility is expected to create over 600 jobs...10/23

Oak Ridge Boys, the Browns inducted into Hall of Fame

(WATE) Two of country music’s top vocal harmony groups, the Oak Ridge Boys and the late Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame...10/26