Monday, December 14, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORAU Now Accepting Applications for Inaugural ORNL Challenge Program

(TMC.net) Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural Oak Ridge National Laboratory Challenge Program. Successful applicants will participate in a 10-week Summer Research Institute. The challenges have a direct connection to the research being conducted at ORNL. Participants are selected based on their ability to propose a solution to one of the research challenge questions...12/10

Building Technologies Office Challenges National Labs to Rethink Market Engagement Strategy

(Real Estate Rama) ...This fall, five of the Department's national laboratories – Argonne National Laboratory (ANL),Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – collaborated on Building Technology Office's first National Lab Tech-to-Market Challenge.

Checking out ORNL’s electricity bill

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) So, in case you’ve ever wondered, Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses a lot of electricity to carry out its missions for the U.S. Department of Energy. The bill annually exceeds $30 million, and there is obvious pressure at a DOE lab to be as energy-efficient as possible...12/10

LandScan+ combines The World’s Finest Population Distribution Data with authoritative infrastructure data

(Directions Magazine) East View introduces a new value-added geospatial solution by combining authoritative infrastructure data with the award-winning LandScanTM Global Population Database. Developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and exclusively distributed by East View, LandScan provides the most accurate and reliable ambient population data covering the globe...12/9

Science and Technology

FabiusNations approve historic global climate accord

(Nature News) Representatives of 195 countries approved a landmark plan to combat climate change on 12 December. The ambitious global agreement commits most countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while seeking to protect low-lying islands from rising seas and helping poor nations develop their economies without relying on cheap, dirty fossil fuels...12/12

Energy and Science Policy

New ‘No Child Left Behind’ Aims to Strengthen K-12 STEM Education

(AIP) The major new K-12 education law, which replaces the much-maligned No Child Left Behind, aims to strengthen federal support for STEM education at the nation's public elementary and secondary schools through new funding streams and the creation of a new STEM teacher leadership corps...12/11

DOE

WIPPProblems at WIPP are felt in Oak Ridge

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy’s new contractor at the Transuranic Waste Processing Center — where the nastiest wastes in the Oak Ridge stockpile are processed and prepared for disposal — will face a number of challenges in carrying out that work....12/11

Department of Energy Announces 12 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies that Improve the Efficiency and Reliability of the U.S. Electric Grid

(Imperial Valley News) The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $33 million in funding for 12 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program. NODES project teams will develop technologies that coordinate load and generation on the electric grid to create a virtual energy storage system...12/12

Cherry MurrayHarvard prof confirmed as DOE’s science chief

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Cherry Murray, whose distinguished career has included positions at Harvard University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was confirmed this week by the U.S. Senate as director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science...12/11

Local and State

Stevenson and NicholasAMSE foundation, park superintendent create fund for Manhattan Project Park in Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridge Today) The American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation is pleased to partner with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park—Oak Ridge by creating a fund in which tax-deductible contributions can be received to support the specific and defined needs of one of the nation’s newest national parks...12/13