Monday, December 19, 2016
ORNL in the News

Bringing technological advances to bioscience: Jerry Tuskan

(Public) It's been 10 years since the Department of Energy first established a BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and researcher Gerald 'Jerry' Tuskan has used that time and the lab's and center's resources and tools to make good on his college dreams of using genomics to study and improve plant species...12/16

Easo GeorgeGeorge joins elite group as ORNL-UT Governor’s Chair

(Oak Ridge Today) Easo George, one of the world's foremost authorities on advanced alloy development and theory, has been named the 15th Governor's Chair at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee...12/17

DHS ToolDHS S&T New Incident Mgmt Planning Tool for First Responders

(American Security Today) ...EXD has funded research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to continue development of the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit (IMPACT), a geospatial tool designed to enhance situational awareness, communication, and collaboration during and for security events...12/19

Scrum lights the way for grid modernization

(Smart Industry) The Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) was designed to help shape the future of our nation’s grid...As part of the GMI, the Department Energy Department announced funding in January 2016 for DOE National Labs and partners. Included in this funding is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in East Tennessee...12/15

Science and Technology

World's largest diamondWorld's biggest diamonds may unlock mysteries of Earth's mantle, say geologists

(Christian Science Monitor) A new study of the world’s largest diamonds has shown that they're not only more valuable for jewelers, but also for geologists by offering an invaluable glimpse at the makeup of the Earth’s interior, hundreds of miles below the surface.


Energy and Science Policy

CosmodromeAll eyes on Trump over Mars

(PhysOrg) The year 2016 has seen a rekindling of the human desire to conquer Mars, with public and private interests openly vying to take the first step on the Red Planet, possibly with a stopover on the Moon. Space-faring nations are mostly united in viewing Mars as the next frontier with many still pooling their money and expertise to make the dream a reality, despite souring relations between them...12/16


BPR Interviews: Ernest Moniz

(Brown Political Review) Ernest Moniz is the current U. S. Secretary of Energy. He was unanimously confirmed to the position by the Senate in 2013. Moniz is an esteemed nuclear physicist and has served as Head of the Physics Department and Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...12/16

Energy fellowship seeks student applicants

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, or ORISE, is accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, a 10-week summer program for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math...12/17

Energy Department raises price tag to $16.8B for Hanford waste plant

(The Seattle Times) The price tag for a long-delayed facility to treat radioactive wastes left over from the production of nuclear weapons has climbed from $12.3 billion to $16.8 billion, making it one of the nation’s most expensive construction projects, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday...12/16

Local and State

First of its kind, Oak Ridge’s federal re-industrialization program celebrates 20 years

(Oak Ridge Today) A re-industrialization program that was the first of its kind and converts federal property to private-sector use celebrated 20 years this month. The re-industrialization program was designed to attract new industries and jobs to a former uranium enrichment complex...12/18

Knoxville company building $12 million plant in Hardin Valley

(Oak Ridge Today) A Knoxville manufacturing company announced Thursday that it will build a $12 million plant in Hardin Valley that will create about 70 new jobs during the next five years...Executives said Magnum Venus Products has been the premier supplier of high-tech pumps to the automotive, aerospace, railroad, energy, marine, oil, and gas industries...12/17

Second go-around much easier for Mayor Warren Gooch

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Warren Gooch found it much easier to be elected Oak Ridge mayor the second time around. A week ago today he was elected by acclamation to another term by fellow City Council members. Two years ago, after first being sworn in with other new council members, it took six ballots for the non-partisan, seven-member council to elect Gooch...12/19