Monday, December 21, 2015
ORNL in the News

Yijing StehleORNL Process Could Be White Lightning to Electronics Industry

(Jefferson County Post) A new era of electronics and even quantum devices could be ushered in with the fabrication of a virtually perfect single layer of “white graphene,” according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/20

Sheng DaiORNL’s Dai ranked among world’s most influential scientists

(Oak Ridge Today) Sheng Dai of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named to a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world...12/18

Power from SeawaterORNL process may set new course for extracting uranium from seawater

(Nuclear Power Daily) ...The work of a team led by Carter Abney, a Wigner Fellow at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, shows that the polymeric adsorbent materials that bind uranium behave nothing like scientists had believed...12/19

ORNL director thanks employees for ‘remarkable’ year

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason went to Washington, D.C. earlier this week, along with other top lab officials, to be briefed on the contractor's evaluation from the Department of Energy's Office of Science. The report card for FY 2015 was outstanding, and Mason cited some highlights in a Thursday message to employees...12/17

UCOR repairs water leak at Oak Ridge Research Reactor at ORNL

(Oak Ridge Today) Workers have repaired a water leak at the Oak Ridge Research Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, officials said this week. The completion of the work was announced by UCOR, a federal cleanup contractor and partnership between URS and CH2M Oak Ridge LLC...12/18

MethylmercuryMethylmercury: A Dangerous Environmental Toxin

(Laboratory Equipment) n October, environmental researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center published a paper in Science Advances that capped a 2+-year-long study seeking to discover how and where methylmercury (MeHg)—a bioaccumualative neurotoxin that poses risks to both people and ecosystems—forms naturally...12/18

Science and Technology

Large Magellanic Cloud2015: The year in science

(Nature News) Scientists tackled many daunting challenges this year, from fighting climate change to brokering the Iran weapons deal. Here, Nature highlights the people, events and discoveries in science that made a difference in 2015...


Energy and Science Policy

FY 2016 Appropriations: Department of Energy Office of Science to Grow 5.6%

(AIP) The annual spending legislation for FY 2016 would increase spending at the Department of Energy Office of Science by 5.6 percent over FY 2015 levels and provide direction on matters including the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, next-generation supercomputing, climate modeling, and a slew of physical sciences facilities and projects...12/17


Administration unveils 'historic' efficiency rules for air conditioners

(The Hill) The Department of Energy announced a new energy efficiency standard for commercial air conditioners and furnaces on Thursday, hailing the announcement as one of the largest carbon-reduction measures the agency has ever pushed...12/17

Y-12 contractor gets low rating, $42 million in fees

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Consolidated Nuclear Security's first report card from the government was not a good one. The contractor, which manages the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, received a performance score of 57 out of 100 for its first 15 months on the job...12/16

DOE announces small-biz contract awards

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy today announced a couple of small-business contract awards out of the agency's Cincinnati office. The awards included a task order to Sage Energy Trading, a woman-owned small business based in Jenks, Okla., which has a max value of $3.5 million over two years. The work will be performed at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio...12/17

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Joins U.S. Department of Energy and MIT Energy Initiative Program to Advance Women’s Leadership in Clean Energy

( The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University is joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) to support implementation of the DOE-led U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) program to advance women’s participation and leadership in clean energy...12/17

Local and State

Madeline Rogero inaugurated for second term as Mayor

(WBIR) City of Knoxville officials inaugurated Mayor Madeline Rogero for her second term Saturday morning. People from the community along with public officials gave Mayor Rogero a standing ovation as she was sworn in. Rogero says she's proud of the progress Knoxville has made in the last four years...12/20

Google to invest $500M in new Clarksville data center

(The Tennessean) Google is planning to build a data center at the former TVA megasite once home to Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville, according to people familiar with the development deal. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant is negotiating to buy the property for the project, which would expand its footprint in the greater Nashville region...12/21

Do you live in one of the ‘most miserable’ places in Tennessee?

(WATE) A website called RoadSnacks compiled data to find the state's least happy and "most miserable" cities. They used a number of factors, including FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Sperling's Best Places...12/18