Monday, November 15, 2010
ORNL in the News

ORNL in the News Special: Awards Night 2010

DeAnn Ingram gets ORNL's operations award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) DeAnn Ingram of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Business Services Division won one of the top Director's Awards at tonight's lab dinner. She won the Award for Lab Operations for her "exceptional leadership" on business management systems.

Why are these ORNL folks smiling?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientific staff members who collaborated on the international tin-132 project and "tied it to the inner workings of cataclysmic supernova explosions" received the Director's Team Award at the annual ORNL awards dinner...11/12

Sheng Dai is ORNL's scientist of the year

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sheng Dai came away from tonight's Oak Ridge National Laboratory annual awards dinner with the coveted Director's Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology...11/12

A nod to ORNL's McKenzie for community service

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Samuel McKenzie received the Director's Award for Community Service at tonight's annual awards dinner hosted by UT-Battelle, the government's managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/12

ORNL in the News Congratulates all of the 2010 Award Winners

U.S. building next wave of supercomputers

(Computer World) The U.S. is building two 20-petaflop supercomputers, many times more powerful than anything operating today, including China's new supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, which is expected to be officially crowned next week as the world's fastest system.    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, home for what has been the world's most powerful system, the Jaguar, a 1.75-petaflop system, versus Tianhe-1A's 2.5 petaflops, is building a 20-petaflop system that will include accelerators...11/12

Jaguar Comes Through for Gordon Bell Entries

(HPC Wire) Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) Jaguar supercomputer hosted two-thirds of the finalists for this year's Gordon Bell Prize, with applications achieving extraordinary results in simulations as diverse as earthquake propagation and blood flow...11/12

New $450,000 cabin to serve Oak Ridge National Laboratory groups

(TechNews) The latest modernization project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is surely the most unusual. UT-Battelle, the government's managing contractor at ORNL, has built a $450,000 cabin in the woods east of the lab campus with a view of Melton Hill Lake. According to lab spokesman Billy Stair, the 2,800-square-foot cabin will be used for day retreats and meetings, where folks can get away from their phones and other distractions...11/14


US DOE creates advisory board on energy efficiency, renewables

(Platts) The US Department of Energy on Friday established a new advisory committee for its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, composed of 19 members from academia, industry, venture capital firms and the public sector...11/12

Los Alamos scientists develop sensors, simulators that could make turbines energy-efficient, wallet-friendly for wind farmers

(Santa Fe New Mexican) When a turbine blade breaks, it's no easy fix.  Just ask the wind-farm owner who has to front the $250,000-plus price tag for bringing in the crane — and has to shell out the additional bucks to fix or replace the blade...11/12


Petraeus warns Afghans about Karzai's criticism of U.S. war strategy

(Washington Post) Gen. David H. Petraeus, the coalition military commander in Afghanistan, warned Afghan officials Sunday that President Hamid Karzai's latest public criticism of U.S. strategy threatens to seriously undermine progress in the war and risks making Petraeus's own position "untenable," according to Afghan and U.S. officials...11/15

East Tennessee

Tight squeeze: Small businesses pinched by lackluster lending

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Banks may be starting to loosen their grip on business loans, but they're picking and choosing so carefully many local companies aren't yet seeing the effect. Just ask Phil Dangel, co-owner of the Shrimp Dock, a seafood market and lunch spot with locations in Bearden and Farragut...11/15

energy & science policy

DOE Launches New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the establishment of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC). ERAC is a federal advisory committee whose members will report directly to the Secretary of Energy with advice on the portfolio of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)...11/12

Inside Energy Extra

11/12 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • BOEM confusion said hampering drilling
  • Greens appeal BLM decision in Wyo.
  • Brookhaven attains fuel-cell advance
  • DOE Plutonium processing site demolished

science & technology

Mountains May Be Climate Change Refuges

(Discovery News) Like the Sound of Music's Von Trapp family hiding in the Alps, plants may find refuge from a warming climate in the mountains.  Research in the Swiss Alps suggests diverse mountain habitats could act as stepping stones to allow plants to escape into more hospitable hideaways as their usual homes heat up...11/11

Billion-Pixel Image Tool Probes Science Mysteries

(National Geographic) GigaPan—the ultra-zoomable imaging technology—is enabling novel research in archaeology, zoology, and many other scientific fields, experts said this week.  The system stitches thousands of closeup images together into panoramas of thousand-megapixel resolution, which are hosted at the Gigapan website and viewable from anywhere in the world...11/12


Other Stories

Climbing Mount Publishable

(Economist) TWENTY years ago North America, Europe and Japan produced almost all of the world’s science. They were the aristocrats of technical knowledge, presiding over a centuries-old regime. They spent the most, published the most and patented the most. And what they produced fed back into their industrial, military and medical complexes to push forward innovation, productivity, power, health and prosperity...11/11

Archive Gallery: Kitchens of Tomorrow, 1950's Edition

(Popular Science) In September 1954, we compared the kitchen to a wife's workshop. This was the post-war era, after all. The 1950's are commonly referred to as America's favorite decade: a golden age of consumerism, economic prosperity, and conservative social mores. While engrossed in the Cold War, the media propagated how wholesome American housewives could enjoy superior household appliances as a reward for the country's endorsement of capitalism...11/12