Thursday, December 17, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL contractor gets high marks from DOE

(Knoxville News Sentinel) UT-Battelle, the government’s managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2000, scored high marks on its Fiscal Year 2015 report card from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science...12/16

Ethanol-to-hydrocarbon technology advances

(Energy Global) Oak Ridge National Laboratory published an article in Scientific Reports on its new method to directly convert biomass-derived ethanol to a hydrocarbon blendstock, and is continuing to work with Vertimass, LLC. to commercialise it...12/17

'Record level of funding' for research at ORNL

(Oak Ridger) ...A total of $1.24 billion is provided for advanced computing, including both the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research Program, which supports the new Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is funded at $621 million...12/16

Zawodzinski Keeps Focus on Research Amid Mounting Honors

(Tennessee Today) The Zawodzinski Group in UT’s College of Engineering has established itself as a prominent player for research into and development of electrochemical energy systems...12/16

Science and Technology

Physicists in Europe Find Tantalizing Hints of a Mysterious New Particle

(NY Times) Does the Higgs boson have a cousin?...Two teams of physicists working independently at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, reported on Tuesday that they had seen traces of what could be a new fundamental particle of nature...12/15

Energy and Science Policy

FY 2016 Appropriations Bill Released, Science to Receive Funding Increases

(AIP) Congressional negotiators released the FY 2016 annual spending bill, which would boost year-over-year funding to the science agencies and offices, ranging from a 1.6 percent increase for the National Science Foundation to an 11.6 percent increase for the National Institute of Standards and Technology...12/16

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Statement on Conclusion of COP21 Climate Negotiations

(Energy.gov)  ...“This agreement shows that the world is ready to move towards an innovative era of reductions in heat-trapping emissions that will put us on a path to avoid the worst impacts of climate change...12/13

DOE

Alexander: DOE Office of Science due for record funding

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development, said the Energy & Water Appropriations Bill (to be included in the proposed Omnibus bill) has a record level of funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science — which is the main funder of research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/16

DOE's new storage containers for high-rad materials

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The containers are called “remote-handled overpacks” or ROPs, according to Mike Koentop, executive officer of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management. They are supposed to hold the hot waste materials and protect workers from hazardous doses of radiation...12/16

Los Alamos Turns Its Nuclear Weapons Power to War on Cancer

(NBC News) ...Now, 70 years later, scientists there still work on nuclear weapons, but they're also using some of that same knowledge to battle cancer...12/16

Local and State

AMSE 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

NNSA deputy admin thanks Oak Ridge for 'helping make the world safer'

(Oak Ridger) The community of Oak Ridge made a difference then, it’s making a difference now and it will continue to make a difference in the future. That was the basic message conveyed Friday, Dec. 11, by Anne Harrington, deputy administrator for NNSA’s Defense Nuclear Proliferation...12/15