ORNL in the News

ORNL’s Pint a Corrosion Fellow

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Bruce Pint, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. Over the past quarter-century, Pint has been lead researcher on many projects, ranging from fusion energy to heat and power systems...12/11



UT dean named Admired Educator

(Oak Ridge Today) Scott Poole, dean of the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, has been named one of the 30 Most Admired Educators of 2014 by DesignIntelligence...Since becoming dean of the College of Architecture and Design, Poole has extended research collaboration through a partnership with the Environmental Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/10


Former National Energy Technology lab head pleads not guilty to obstruction of justice

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) A former federal energy official charged with obstruction of justice pleaded not guilty today, and his attorney suggested that the Department of Energy probe which led to the charges is over...12/10

Uranium Processing Facility the focus of safety meetings

(WBIR) Downtown Knoxville) Plans for a new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at Y-12 in Oak Ridge continue to move forward, despite several embarrassing design flaws last year and a mushrooming price tag...12/10


GOP, Obama line up behind modest budget deal

(AP) Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies...12/11

State & Regional

Tennessee governor working with HHS on Medicaid expansion

(The Hill) The Republican governor of Tennessee on Monday said he’d be open to expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare if a system is found that the state's GOP-led legislature approves of...12/10

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

(WBIR) While heavy rain in the summer might have ruined lots of cookouts and picnics, for Tennessee electricity customers the clouds that brought the rain came with the proverbial silver lining...12/10

energy & science policy

U.S. Budget Deal Should Help Shelter Science From Sequester – For A While

(Science Magazine) A two-year budget deal announced today by key members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would, if approved, wipe-out a major portion of the impending mandatory budget cuts that have struck fear into many government-funded researchers...12/10

science & technology

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

(The Guardian) Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications...12/9

Water on MarsWater seems to flow freely on Mars

(Nature News) Dark streaks that hint at seasonally flowing water have been spotted near the equator of Mars. The potentially habitable oases are enticing targets for research. But spacecraft will probably have to steer clear of them unless the craft are carefully sterilized...12/10

New Drug Approach Could Lead to Cures for Wide Range of Diseases

(Science Daily) A team led by a longtime Oregon Health & Science University researcher has demonstrated in mice what could be a revolutionary new technique to cure a wide range of human diseases -- from cystic fibrosis to cataracts to Alzheimer's disease -- that are caused by "misfolded" protein molecules...12/9

Out there

Chinese BridgeChina to build world’s most insane bridge

(Fox News) The phrase "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" is about to have a whole new meaning in China. The "Mobius" bridge, proposed for the Dragon King Harbor River development in Changsha, China, is about to become the craziest bridge anyone ever had to cross...12/5