Thursday, December 22, 2016
ORNL in the News

New Point of Attack Against Stomach Bacterium Helicobacter Pylori

(Science Newsline) ...The team made the corresponding measurements at the neutron sources in Oak Ridge and at the research neutron source FRM II of the Technical University of Munich...12/20

Biology and neutrons collide to unlock secrets of fish ear bones

(PhysOrg) In a unique pairing of biology and neutron science, researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have gained new insights into aquatic biochemistry using the otoliths of the lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens...12/21

ORNL receives 94 overall on DOE report card

( The managing contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory received high grades on its report from the U.S. Department of Energy.
UT Battelle received a 94 out of 100 for overall performance. The department rated eight different areas and all received As except for one B+...12/19

ORNL is the focus of Sunday's 'Inside Tennessee'

( Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the focus as Director Thom Mason discusses energy research, national security and science, all connected to an operation that employs more than 4,500 and costs $1.5 billion annually to operate…12/16

Neutron diffraction probes forms of carbon dioxide in extreme environments

(Science Daily) Through a Deep Carbon Observatory collaboration, researchers are using neutrons to study the fundamental role carbon dioxide plays in Earth’s carbon cycle, especially in the composition of carbon reservoirs in the deep Earth and the evolution of the carbon cycle over time...12/20

New incident management planning tool for first responders

(Homeland Security News Wire) The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate 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...12/20

Science and Technology

Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook

(NPR) President-elect Donald Trump has appointed several Cabinet members with strong ties to oil and gas. And he's been clear about his support for coal. That could leave renewable energy companies out in the cold. But the picture isn't as dire for them as you might think...12/22

Energy and Science Policy

In Surprise Move, House Sends America COMPETES Act Successor to President

(AIP) In what one senator called an “overtime victory for science in the closing days of 2016,” the House passed the Senate’s “American Innovation and Competitiveness Act,” a bipartisan successor to the America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010. President Obama is expected to sign it into law...12/20


Energy Department Announces Investment in Wave Energy Test Facility

( The Energy Department today announced the award of up to $40 million, subject to appropriations, to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility...12/21

DOE secretary to attend AMSE land transfer ceremony on Dec. 30

(Oak Ridge Today) U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will attend the land transfer ceremony for the American Museum of Science and Energy property in Oak Ridge next week. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, December 30. Also expected to attend are U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and City of Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch...12/20

Local and State

ORAU hosts STEM Stories evening for local students

(Oak Ridge Today) ORAU recently hosted STEM Stories, an event aimed to inspire students of all ages to begin exploring the many careers available in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields...12/21

UT’s Penumadu Helps Develop Breakthrough Adhesive

(Tennessee Today) The UT Research Foundation and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently submitted a patent application on behalf of Fred N. Peebles Professor Dayakar Penumadu for a new type of adhesive...12/16