Tuesday, November 26, 2013
ORNL in the News

Four from ORNL & UT named AAAS Fellows

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Martin Keller, the associate lab director for energy and environmental sciences and founding director of the BioEnergy Science Center, was among four scientists with local ties to be elected 2013 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences...11/25

GAO: DOE needs to improve oversight of Work for Others

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is DOE’s largest and most diverse Science lab, is also one of the leaders in doing work for others. In Fiscal Year 2012, ORNL did about $207 million in work for others out of a total budget of $1.62 billion — or about 13.5 percent of its total budget...11/25

How scavenging fungi became a plant's best friend

(PhysOrg) A team led by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and including researchers from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute reported the complete genome of R. irregularis...Researchers Jerry Tuskan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Francis Martin of INRA, recommended that the assembly of Populus-associated fungi and bacteria be sequenced to inform research on perennial plant growth, ecosystem function and plant microbe interactions...11/25

DOE

Oak Ridge sludge-processing facility to cost $100M+

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The work is still in a preliminary stage, but the Sludge Processing Facility Buildout project at the Department of Energy’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge is expected to cost more than $100 million, a spokesman said this week...11/26

ARPA-E antes up $30M for new program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $30 million in available funding for a new program “focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation.”...11/25

President Obama announces more DOE nominations, including science director

(Oak Ridge Today) President Barack Obama recently announced plans to nominate two people to top U.S. Department of Energy posts, including a director of the Office of Science. The Office of Science is responsible for 10 of the 17 DOE labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory...11/25

National

Karzai tells Susan Rice of more demands for accord extending U.S. troop presence

(Washington Post) Efforts by the United States and Afghanistan to finalize a long-term security arrangement appeared on the brink of collapse Monday as Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a new set of demands...11/25

East Tennessee

UT student, Oak Ridge native named Rhodes Scholar

(WVLT-TV) A University of Tennessee senior has been named a Rhodes Scholar, one of the most prestigious international award a student can earn. Lindsey Lee, of Oak Ridge, is one of 32 American students chosen from 857 endorsed by 327 colleges and universities...11/25

State & Regional

TVA retiring eight coal units at three plants

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors recently approved a plan that will retire eight coal units at three plants with more than 3,000 megawatts of combined generating capacity...11/26

energy & science policy

Research funding has become prone to bubble formation

(PhysOrg) Fashions in research funding, reward structures in universities and streamlining of scientific agendas undermine traditional academic norms and may result in science bubbles...11/22

What's In It For U.S. To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

(NPR) The United Nations negotiations in Warsaw over a climate treaty are moving at a glacial speed — and that's in part because there's a fundamental problem...11/26

science & technology

How Supercomputers Will Yield a Golden Age of Materials Science

(Scientific American) With supercomputers and the equations of quantum mechanics, scientists are designing new materials atom by atom, before ever running an experiment...11/25

Mexican observatory pushes the limits of γ-ray astronomy

(Nature) ...When finished in autumn 2014, the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC) in Puebla state will have a tight array of 300 barn-sized tanks, covering a total of 20,000 square metres. Already, more than one-third of the tanks are taking data, mapping higher-energy cosmic and γ-rays than similar observatories could detect before...11/22

Can the 3-D Printer Help Green the Auto Industry?

(Scientific American) ...Utilizing 3-D printing innovation to build specialized automotive products allows small local companies greater flexibility in manufacturing vehicles that meet unique local needs and, hopefully, cleaner alternative fuels...11/22

Other Stories

Inside The Zumwalt Destroyer

(Popular Science) The U.S. Navy's Zumwalt destroyer, the most technologically advanced warship ever built and the first of its eponymous class, was set to be christened October 19, but then politics intervened. Late last month, the U.S. Navy finally launched the Zumwalt from a shipyard in Maine...11/21