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Upcoming Friday Programs

All meetings occur from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the UT Outreach Center unless otherwise noted.
November 29 - No ETEC, Happy Thanksgiving

December 6 - No Friday morning meeting, due to the ETEC Annual Awards Luncheon (Sold Out. Waitlist.)

December 13 - ETEC Member Business Meeting

December 20 - No ETEC, Merry Christmas


Dec 2-4 - 2019 Perma-Fix Nuclear Waste Management Forum
Dec 5 - TAEBC: Opportunities in Energy 2019
Dec 12 - East TN Robotics Foundation Event
Dec 17 - TSBDC: How to do Business with the Government

Jan 14 - TSBDC: Cyber Security Compliance Update – for Government Contractors
Jan 16 - TSBDC: From Win Strategy to Proposal
Jan 31 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar


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Partnership Using Nuclear Material Slated for Disposal to Advance Cancer Research & Treatment

Isotek Systems, TerraPower, and DOE announced an innovative public-private partnership agreement that is providing extremely rare and unique isotopes for next-generation cancer research and treatment. DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Science T.L. Cubbage was joined by Senator Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Representative Chuck Fleishmann and senior leadership from TerraPower, Isotek, and Isotek’s parent companies— Atkins and SNC-Lavalin— at an event announcing this new beneficial and impactful arrangement.
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UT Professor Named Deputy US Chief Technology Officer

UT Professor Lynne Parker was one of two people named deputy US chief technology officer joining Winter Casey in that honor. The US chief technology officer is a position within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where Parker has been serving as assistant director for artificial intelligence since August 2018. In this new role, she’ll help guide policies and efforts related to the industries of the future, which include quantum information science, advanced communications, advanced manufacturing, and the bio-economy, in addition to continuing a strong focus on artificial intelligence.
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What Jobs are Affected by AI? Better-Paid, Better-Educated Workers

Artificial intelligence (AI) has generated increasing interest in “future of work” discussions in recent years as the technology has achieved superhuman performance in a range of valuable tasks, ranging from manufacturing to radiology to legal contracts. With that said, though, it has been difficult to get a specific read on AI’s implications on the labor market. In part because the technologies have not yet been widely adopted, previous analyses have had to rely either on case studies or subjective assessments by experts to determine which occupations might be susceptible to a takeover by AI algorithms.
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Top Supercomputers Remain the Same; New Tech Shows A Road to Exascale

At this year's big supercomputing conference, SC19, the top of the list of the fastest machines in the world is unchanged, but there are a number of new technologies being talked about that portend the era of exascale computing—machines theoretically capable of a billion billion (i.e. a quintillion) calculations per second. As it has been since June of last year, the Summit computer at DOE's ORNL is now on top of the Top 500 list, with a sustained theoretical performance of 148.6 petaflops on the High Performance Linpack test used to rank the Top500 list.
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Y-12 Delivers Educational Outreach to Young Students

Oak Ridge second-grader Amya is one smart cookie. She might not be able to give a textbook explanation of Isaac Newton’s third law of motion, but she knows how to apply it. In a recent classroom experiment, Amya grasped a billiard ball on one end of a long, narrow wooden cradle and struck a line of billiard balls in the cradle, sending the ball on the opposite end rolling. There you have it: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. “I thought at first I was going to get all of the balls rolling, but I only got one,” Amya said. “I learned that.”
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Environmental Advisory Board Seeks New Members

Members are being sought for an advisory board that learns about U.S. Department of Energy cleanup projects in Oak Ridge and, when appropriate, provides recommendations. The citizens advisory board is the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board. It provides recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. No technical expertise is required to serve on the board. Terms are for two years, and members may serve up to three terms, for a total of six years on the board.
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New Member

ETEC welcomes Convergint Technologies as a new member.

Convergint is a global, service-based systems integrator whose top priority is service in every way – to customers, colleagues, and community. Their experience spans all types of security technologies, including enterprise access, IP video management, intelligent video, intercom, biometrics, perimeter protection, asset protection, smartcard credential management, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), Physical ID Access Management (PIAM), secure authentication & compliance management.
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Realty Executives Relocation for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in November and December.
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