Thursday, November 16, 2017
ORNL in the News

Retired ORNL director Alex Zucker died on Wed

(Oak Ridger) Alex Zucker, a native of Croatia who came to the United States with his parents and younger sister before “the full horror of World War II” and eventually became the acting head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, died on Wednesday...11/14

Neutrons probe oxygen-generating enzyme for a greener approach to clean water

(EurekAlert) A new study sheds light on a unique enzyme that could provide an eco-friendly treatment for chlorite-contaminated water supplies and improve water quality worldwide...11/13

Oak Ridge Readies Summit Supercomputer for 2018 Debut

(Top 500) Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the United States, is currently under construction at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab. ORNL director Thomas Zacharia updates us on its status and reveals the opportunities the new machine will provide scientists when it comes online next summer...11/15

Industrial energy training and certification

(Plant Engineering) Oak Ridge report details available how to find and use industry resources. Training on efficient operations can contribute to whole-facility energy performance...11/14


Science and Technology

China fires up next-generation neutron-science facility

(Nature) China is revving up its next-generation neutron generator and will soon start experiments there. That will lift the country into a select group of nations with facilities that produce intense neutron beams to study the structure of materials...11/14

Energy and Science Policy

EPA Bars Grant Recipients from Serving on Science Advisory Panels

(AIP) After EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive on Oct. 31 restricting recipients of agency grants from simultaneously serving on its advisory committees, some scientific leaders condemned the move, criticizing its rationale and anticipated effects on the advice the agency receives...11/10



DOE National Laboratory Resumes Operation of U.S. Transient Test Reactor

( Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) achieved an important step towards restoring U.S. nuclear energy transient testing capability with the resumption of operations at the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility. The TREAT facility has been shut down and maintained in standby status since 1994...11/15

Groundbreaking scheduled for Mercury Treatment Facility at Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The new facility is expected to dramatically reduce mercury concentrations in the water exiting Y-12, and it will be operational prior to large-scale demolition on the west end of the site that may disrupt mercury in the area...11/13

Local and State

‘Microfactory’ for Local Motors only a short distance from Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) Between the Hardin Valley and Lovell Road exits from Pellissippi Parkway, high above at right as you drive toward Knoxville, is a state-of-the-art, steel-and-glass building emblazoned with the company name Local Motors...11/14

Council approves rezoning for former AMSE property

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday unanimously approved a rezoning for property that could be developed with a grocery store, retail shops, and restaurants on vacant land south of the American Museum of Science and Energy...11/13

UT Earns Top EPA Award

(Tennessee Today) UT has received a 2017 green power leadership award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment to advancing the nation’s voluntary green power market...11/13