Monday, December 15, 2014
ORNL in the News

American CentrifugeAmerican Centrifuge to Get Funding Lifeline

(Energy Extra) ...The project hit a snag last year when former lead contractor USEC announced plans to file for bankruptcy amid a depressed market for commercial uranium enrichment. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory took over management in May, though USEC – now under the name Centrus Energy – continues involvement as a subcontractor...12/11

Solving the Shaky Future of Super-strong Rare Earth Magnets

(Scientific Computing) Rare earth metals — a group of elements identified primarily as lanthanides on the periodic table — are used to manufacture exceptionally strong permanent magnets... Researchers are using the hybrid CPU-GPU, 27-petaflop Titan supercomputer managed by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to discover alternative materials that can substitute for rare earths...12/11

Alexander says 2015 spending bill supports ‘crucial’ Oak Ridge projects

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the 2015 spending bill passed Saturday night supports two projects — the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 and development of a world-leading supercomputer at ORNL — “that are crucial to Tennessee.”...12/14

Oak Ridge workers exposed to radiation during secret project

(The Tennessean) A top official at Oak Ridge National Laboratory says at least eight workers received internal radiation while carrying out a classified project earlier this year at the facility...12/14

ORNL contractor gets high marks, $10.5M for FY2014

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the partnership of the University of Tennessee and Battelle that has managed Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000, received high marks on its FY2014 report card and earned a total fee of about $10.53 million (out of a maximum possible fee of $11.2M)...12/14

Science and Technology

Lima talks map out path to climate treaty

(Nature News) Two weeks of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, have wrapped up with a road map for the establishment of an international climate treaty in Paris next year...12/14

Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

(PhysOrg) Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity...12/15

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2015 Appropriations: National Institute of Standards and Technology

(AIP) Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with yesterday’s House approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.  Senate action is expected within a day...12/12




Manufacturing HubUS to Get Two New Manufacturing Hubs -- Smart Manufacturing and Flexible Hybrid Electronics

(Industry Week) ...One will be in smart manufacturing at the Department of Energy and one in flexible hybrid electronics at the Department of Defense. Each institute will receive $70 million or more of federal investment to be matched by at least $70 million from the private sector for a total of more than $290 million in new investment...12/11

Rep. Fleischmann to head Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) At a press conference earlier this week in Washington, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., whose district includes the government’s Oak Ridge operations, announced that he will lead the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus in the next session of Congress. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who’s headed the caucus for years, is retiring...12/13

Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Nuclear Power

( Historically, some key advancements in nuclear energy happened during the month of December. On December 2, 1943, Enrico Fermi created the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction at Stagg Field in Chicago. Eight years later, on December 20, 1951, the first nuclear electricity was produced at an Argonne facility in Idaho -- now the Idaho National Lab..12/12

Local and State

Graphite ReactorOak Ridge celebrates passage of Manhattan Project Park

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization, which includes a provision to create the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park, was greeted with excitement by preservationists, history buffs and the city of Oak Ridge...12/12

UT’s Parker Selected as National Science Foundation Division Director

((Tennessee Today) When an accomplished faculty member takes a new position with another institution, it typically isn’t cause for celebration. However, when that institution is the National Science Foundation and the professor can continue working with their school—as is the case with UT’s Lynne Parker—it is a double bonus for the university...12/11