Friday, November 5, 2010
ORNL in the News

Students readying for Siemens competition

(Oak Ridger) This year's Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology regional finalists from ORHS are the teams of Jack Yiwei Li and Mattie Lloyd, and Scotty Chung, Carlos del-Castillo-Negrete, and Yajit Jain. Li and Lloyd worked together on a project with Gerard Ludtka, their mentor from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The second team, made up of Chung, del-Castillo-Negrete, and Jain, is mentored by Jeff Holmes at the Spallation Neutron Source....11/4

Harper Designs Unique Furnace System

(TES) Harper International Corp. recently developed a unique furnace system with dual functionality for a national laboratory engaged in research, development, and commercialization of new advanced materials. Oak Ridge National Lab is researching the development of a wide range of carbon materials from renewable resources....11/5

New UT President Joe DiPietro will have key ORNL role

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Joe DiPietro, who'll take over as University of Tennessee president at the first of the year, will play an important role at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. UT-Battelle, a partnership of UT and Battelle Memorial Institute, has managed the Dept. of Energy's largest science lab since 2000, and the UT president serves on the UT-Battelle Board of Governors....11/4

DOE

ORNL, Y-12 prep for congressional changes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Reps. Zach Wamp and Lincoln Davis are on their way out of Congress, leaving behind their seats on the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee -- where they were able to influence funding allotments for the Dept. of Energy, including the big DOE sites in Oak Ridge....11/4

National

Stocks soar after Federal Reserve's move to bolster U.S. economy

(Washington Post) With a legislative stalemate over fiscal policy looming, the Fed and its chairman, Ben Bernanke, are left on their own in trying to jolt the economy....11/5 [Registration Required]

energy & science policy

Looking Ahead: President Obama, Incoming Science Committee Chairman on S&T

(AIP Bulletin) It will be weeks, if not months, before there is a clearer indication of how this week's election will impact science and K-12 STEM education legislation and budgets....11/4

Money for Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House

(New York Times) Federal financing for research, which has grown in the Obama administration, could fall when Republicans take control of the House....11/4

Feds Surprise Biotech Industry With Gene Patent Rule

(NPR) The Justice Department is proposing to overturn 30 years of legal precedent by sharply limiting patents on genes. The government surprised just about everyone who follows this issue when it suggested this change of policy in a court filing last week....11/4

science & technology

New Super Close-Up Images From Comet Flyby

(Wired) The Deep Impact probe (now on a mission called EPOXI) passed by comet Hartley 2 at 7:01 a.m. PDT, the fifth time in history that a spacecraft has been close enough to photograph the heart of a comet. The probe flew through the comet's diffuse corona at about 27,500 miles per hour and came within 435 miles of its icy, dirty core....11/5

Invisibility cloak closer with flexible 'metamaterial'

(BBC) Scientists in the UK have demonstrated a flexible film that represents a big step toward the "invisibility cloak" made famous by Harry Potter....11/3