Monday, October 30, 2017
ORNL in the News

Georgia TourassiTourassi named top scientist at ORNL’s annual Awards Night

(Oak Ridge Today) Georgia Tourassi of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate has received the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology...10/29

Significant Growth Foreseen by White Graphene Market During 2017 - 2025

(OpenPR) White graphene, alternatively known as boronitrene or boron nitride nanomesh, is hexagonal BN (hBN) which has obtained its name due to its structure being similar to graphene in terms of its ability to form thin sheets of regularly spaced atoms...Key institutions and manufacturers working in the field of white graphene include Yonsei University, UCLA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/27

More than 200 Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees approved for buy-outs

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) More than 200 employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been approved for voluntary separations as part of a plan aimed at eliminating as many as 350 total jobs from the lab by the end of the year. Lab managers have approved 204 of the 302 applications that were submitted for the voluntary separation program announced in early August, according to an internal announcement obtained by the USA TODAY Network - Tennessee Friday...10/27

ORNL remembers JFK's 1959 visit as assassination files are released

(WBIR TV) As the nation anxiously awaits the release of thousands of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, East Tennessee is remembering one of his last visits. Kennedy visited Knoxville in 1960 while on the campaign trail, holding a campaign event at the airport. But the year before, he toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory...10/26

Science and Technology

Shrinking Sea IceAgeing satellites put crucial sea-ice climate record at risk​

(Nature News) One of the most important continuous records of climate change — nearly four decades of satellite measurements of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice — might soon be interrupted. Scientists all over the world rely on the sea-ice record compiled by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado...10/27

Energy and Science Policy

Following Reports of Interference, GAO to Study Scientific Integrity at Federal Agencies

(AIP) The Government Accountability Office has agreed to evaluate the state of scientific integrity at federal agencies at the request of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who says he is concerned about reports of political interference in scientific work. Some Republicans, meanwhile, are pressing reforms to agency procedures that they claim will bolster the quality of agency science...10/27



DOE Names Six New Members to Environmental Advisory Board

(EIN Presswire) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed six new members to the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management's (OREM) local environmental advisory board. The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) is a federally chartered citizens' panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to OREM, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation...[n.d.]

Radical Proposal Would Prop Up Coal Power Industry

(Scientific American) The U.S. coal power industry has been declining, thanks to the abundant availability of cheap natural gas, falling prices of solar and wind power, and the clear global imperative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions...10/27

Under Trump, the lines are drawn for a battle over resources in the West

(The Los Angeles Times) Signal Peak Energy operates the West’s newest and largest underground coal mine. As recently as 2013, it employed more than 300 people, produced nearly 9 million tons of coal and was helping to revive a regional coal industry that had been dormant for 50 years...10/27

Local and State

Records: Safety manager at Kingston disaster destroyed proof of fly ash danger to workers

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Three supervisors say in court records they saw the man tasked with protecting workers at the nation’s largest coal ash spill destroy evidence of dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.

Groundwater contamination at Oak Ridge technology park may persist beyond 2020

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Groundwater contamination at the East Tennessee Technology Park may persist beyond the 2020 end of the Department of Energy's contract with cleanup contractor UCOR. David Adler said at an Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board meeting that certain groundwater plumes near the old K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Process Building are still contaminated with industrial solvents and degreasing agents....10/30