Monday, December 1, 2014
ORNL in the News

Thom Mason on Red Team review: ‘It’s not just a report that goes and sits on the shelf’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A few days ago, I talked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason and asked him about the impact of the so-called Red Team that he headed this past spring. The team of experts evaluated the enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and came up with an alternative strategy to the Uranium Processing Facility...11/25

Three from ORNL elected AAAS Fellows

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Michelle Buchanan, Liyuan Liang and Melanie Mayes of Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and will be recognized at the association’s annual meeting in February...11/26

ORNL watches FY 2015 budget; stall could hurt neutron sources

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Since Oct. 1, the beginning of fiscal year 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory — like other federal installations — has operated under a continuing budget resolution that freezes spending at 2014 levels...11/29

Nuclear power: Desperately seeking plutonium

(Nature) Ken Wilson peers through a yellow-tinted window at the clutter of bottles and chemical equipment on the other side. He is protected from the radiation their contents are giving off by five thick panes of glass interspersed with some 400 litres of oil....Working in such a ‘hot cell’ is routine for Wilson, who is one of the top nuclear technicians here at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...11/24

Engineering team analyzes structure of atomically thin materials

(The Daily Beacon) A series of experiments led by UT Associate Professor of Engineering Gong Gu has revealed the mechanics of growing atomically thin materials on top of a substrate by analyzing the crystal structure...Also part of the team were researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs, Sandia National Labs, the University of Science and Technology of China, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Science...12/1

Science and Technology

Respect long overdue: Earth’s most abundant mineral finally gets an official name

(Science Magazine) The mineral that makes up more than a third of our planet finally has a name, thanks to tiny samples found, ironically, in a meteorite that fell to Earth in Australia in 1879...11/27

Bullet-proof armour and hydrogen sieve add to graphene’s promise

(Nature) ...Protons’ ability to travel through graphene suggests that the material could be used as a membrane to sieve hydrogen from air, and to help extract energy from that hydrogen in a fuel cell, says co-author Andre Geim, a materials scientist at the University of Manchester, UK, who won a Nobel prize in 2010 for his pioneering experiments on graphene...11/27

Energy and Science Policy

Optimism Faces Grave Realities at Climate Talks

(NY Times) After more than two decades of trying but failing to forge a global pact to halt climate change, United Nations negotiators gathering in South America this week are expressing a new optimism that they may finally achieve the elusive deal...11/30

National Science Board Releases an Interactive Online STEM Education Resource Website

(AIP) The National Science Board (NSB) recently released an interactive STEM Education Resource Website which provides data, trends, and analysis about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers...11/25


Department of Energy Awards $425 Million for Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

(Breaking Energy) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced two new High Performance Computing awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security...11/27

Cleanup Visions 2016, 2020 & 2024

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In recent times, the Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge cleanup manager, UCOR, have talked about future plans for maximizing funding to accomplish cleanup priorities...11/26

Local and State

Public invited to speak live with Roane State educators living underwater

(Oak Ridge Today) Two Roane State Community College educators living underwater for 73 days will share their experiences and answer questions during a live video chat session on Tuesday, December 2, at the college’s Oak Ridge campus...11/28

Circuits on Demand: Engineer Prints Electrical Components on Paper

(Tennessee Today) One of humankind’s biggest technological steps was the ability to print words on paper. Now, thanks to College of Engineering assistant professor Anming Hu, it’s technology itself that is being printed...11/26

Faculty archaeologist finds passion in Tennessee cave art

(The Daily Beacon) Jan Simek, UT's interim department head of anthropology and award winner for his work on prehistoric cave paintings in Alabama, said that his love and fascination for archaeology began before he could read...12/1

Discovery by UT Engineers Makes Invisibility Tantalizingly Close

(Tennessee Today) The phrase “cloaked in secrecy” can often be used to describe research projects, but thanks to breakthroughs in the College of Engineering, optical cloaking is no longer just the domain of science fiction...11/25