Monday, November 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL Awards Night—2012

Lance SneedLance Snead ORNL's Scientist of the Year

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Lance Snead received top honors tonight at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's annual awards night. Snead, a researcher in the lab's Materials Science and Technology Division, received the Director's Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology. He also got the Distinguished Engineer Award...11/16

Gerry PalauDirector's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Gerry Palau of the Facilities Development Division, who received the Director's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. He was honored for "outstanding community leadership and contributions dedicated to improving the quality of life in East Tennessee."

 

Les MorganDirector's Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Laboratory Operations.

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Les Morgan of ORNL Human Resources Directorate, who received the Director's Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Laboratory Operations. The awards was for "successful ratification of the contract that resulted in a consistent set of benefits for all staff."

The Director's Award for Team Accomplishment

(ORNL Today) The Director's Award for Team Accomplishment went to a group for its dedication and commitment throughout the construction of the laboratory's new biomass steam plant...The recipients, who also earned the Bargaining Unit Support Group Award, were Joe McAmis, Garfield Hedgecoth, Gregory Hughes, Robert Heidel, Kenneth Collins, Will Muncy, David Hill, Jason Baxter, Richard Boody, Billy Adkins and David Thomas.

ORNL In the News

Keeneland Project Deploys New GPU Supercomputing System for the National Science Foundation

(Lab Manager) Georgia Tech, along with partner research organizations on the Keeneland Project, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, announced today that the project has completed installation and acceptance of the Keeneland Full Scale System (KFS)...11/16

ORNL recipe for oxide interface perfection opens path to novel materials

(Science Codex) By tweaking the formula for growing oxide thin films, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory achieved virtual perfection at the interface of two insulator materials...11/16

DOE

U.S. gave A123 $1 million as it filed bankruptcy

(Reuters) The Obama administration provided struggling battery maker A123 Systems Inc with nearly $1 million on the day it filed for bankruptcy, the company told lawmakers investigating its government grant...11/16

DDN, Intel Research Extreme-Scale Computing

(HPC Wire) DataDirect Networks (DDN), the leader in massively scalable storage, today announced it has been selected to collaborate with Intel Corporation as part of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) managed extreme-scale computing research and development "FastForward" program, sponsored by the US Department of Energy...11/16

National

An Outgunned Hamas Tries to Tap Islamists’ Growing Clout

(New York Times) Emboldened by the rising power of Islamists around the region, the Palestinian militant group Hamas demanded new Israeli concessions to its security and autonomy before it halts its rocket attacks on Israel, even as the conflict took an increasing toll on Sunday...11/18

State & Regional

Haslam: No decision on insurance exchanges

(Tennessean) Tennessee will take advantage of the extra time it’s been given by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to decide whether to participate in the federal health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, according to a statement put out by Gov. Bill Haslam...11/16

energy & science policy

Congeniality and Collaboration: Senate Hearing on New Leadership at the NRC

(AIP) “I am so pleased to see the working relationship that is beginning to develop here,” said Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) at an oversight hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Boxer’s remarks came at the conclusion of a two-hour joint hearing of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, which she chairs, and its Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety...11/16

science & technology

Kathu Pan 1 Stone ToolsHuman Ancestors Made Deadly Stone-Tipped Spears 500,000 Years Ago

(Scientific American) Human ancestors were fashioning sophisticated hunting weapons half a million years ago. An analysis of stone points from a site in South Africa called Kathu Pan 1 indicates that they were attached to shafts of wood and used as spears...11/15

Shale Oil rigShale energy production spike revolutionising energy sector

A forecast last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that the United States would become the world's biggest oil producer by 2017 thanks to an explosion in hard-to-reach energy trapped in shale, or sedimentary rock, has triggered debate among companies and consumers...11/19

Uncommon Features of Einstein's Brain Might Explain His Remarkable Cognitive Abilities

(Science News) Portions of Albert Einstein's brain have been found to be unlike those of most people and could be related to his extraordinary cognitive abilities, according to a new study led by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk...11/15

Other Stories

Bristol BayAlaska's Clash Over Salmon and Gold Goes National

(National Geographic) Mostly roadless and undeveloped, the Bristol Bay watershed doesn't look like a battlefield, yet it has become the Gettysburg of natural resource conflict in Alaska. Located some 250 miles (400 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, the 40,000-square-mile (104,000-square-kilometer) region is home to the largest population of wild salmon in the world...11/16

Ranchers, farmers brace for 'death tax' impact

(Fox News) Rancher Kevin Kester works dawn to dusk, drives a 12-year-old pick-up truck and earns less than a typical bureaucrat in Washington D.C., yet the federal government considers him rich enough to pay the estate tax -- also known as the "death tax."...11/16

Iran ready to double uranium enrichment at Fordo - IAEA

(BBC) Iran is ready to double the output at its underground uranium enrichment facility, the UN nuclear watchdog says. A leaked report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there were 2,784 centrifuges at Fordo, and that Iran could soon double the number operating from 700 to 1,400...11/16