VA Research Day to Showcase Life-Changing Initiatives for Veterans

The James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida is hosting a 'VA Research Day''. This public event will showcase the incredible research being done by the Veterans Administration's Research and Development teams. One initiative is called the Million Veteran Program, or MVP for short. "We're taking blood samples from vets--we have about 700,000 now--and do genetic analysis of what their genome looks like," said Dr. Bob Campbell, associate chief of staff for R&D at the VA hospital in Tampa. "Then we put all their life's health care data with that. We ask, 'if you've got these genes, what are you getting treated for? What's working?" Dr. Campbell said the only place that could handle that type of data is the supercomputer at ORNL.

Report: DOE’s Impact on Tennessee Economy Totals $5.6 Billion in FY 2017

DOE's impact on Tennessee totaled $5.6 billion last fiscal year, according to a new study by the East Tennessee Economic Council.  The council is a nonprofit that works to support the Oak Ridge federal reservation and the government's missions there. To create the report, a Booz Allen Hamilton economist studied the effects of DOE's investment in Tennessee during fiscal year 2017. The report examines job creation, state GDP growth, private-sector procurements, payroll and pension disbursement, state and local tax contributions, and community development conferred on the state by DOE, including ripple effects of the spending.

Collaboration Recurring Theme at Recent TennSMART Meeting

Roughly 100 leaders from state and local government, business, universities and non-profit organizations gathered in Nashville last Thursday for a daylong discussion about intelligent mobility and its future in the Volunteer State. The event was the spring meeting of the TennSMART members, an organization formally unveiled earlier this year (see our article). The group’s goal is to help shape the future of intelligent mobility through collaborative partnerships focused on developing scientific knowledge and new technologies that could change transportation.

Hotstick USA Exclusively Licenses ORNL Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety

North Carolina-based Hotstick USA has exclusively licensed a direct-current detector technology developed by DOE's ORNL to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages. In emergency situations, first response teams often rely on voltage detectors such as Hotstick USA’s flagship product, the AC Hotstick, to sense the presence of dangerously high alternating current, or AC, electric voltages from a safe distance.

Energy Lab in Oak Ridge Powers Tennessee Economy

DOE is helping to power the economy of Tennessee, especially in East Tennessee, with more than 34,000 jobs supported by DOE's Oak Ridge Reservation, a new study shows. The once-secret city of Oak Ridge that helped make the world's first atomic bomb during World War II has grown over the past 75 years to become America's biggest non-defense research laboratory, one of the world's biggest producers and recyclers of nuclear weapons and a major environmental cleanup site. Last year, DOE allocated $3.4 billion to its Oak Ridge facilities, employing 12,618 workers at the site through DOE and its contractors.

CNS to host Partners in Excellence Outreach Forum

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, is hosting a Partners in Excellence Outreach Forum Thursday, June 7, for construction and construction-related businesses. The forum will be held at Y-12’s New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road in Oak Ridge, from 8 a.m. to noon (with check in at 7:30 a.m.) and will feature an overview of the Y-12 site, procurement process, site requirements, and how to do business with CNS. Y-12 construction buyers, the construction team, and CNS management will be on hand to answer questions.

Bechtel Recognizes Suppliers and Subcontractors for Commitment to Excellence

Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction, announced the recipients of its annual Supply Chain Awards in nuclear, national security and environmental cleanup work during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Reston last week.

ORNL’s Molten Salt History Opens Door for Research into Solar Power

Thanks in large part to developing and operating a facility for testing molten salt reactor (MSR) technologies, nuclear experts at DOE's ORNL are now tackling the next generation of another type of clean energy—concentrating solar thermal power (CSP). The Energy Department’s Solar Energy Technologies Office selected the ORNL-based team to develop a molten chloride salt facility as part of the Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3 CSP) program.

EM Sites Mark National Infrastructure Week

In this issue of EM Update, we're highlighting equipment and facilities that support EM cleanup as part of National Infrastructure Week, May 14-21. Infrastructure is a critical component of EM sites across the country.  At DOE’s OREM, construction progresses on an important component of infrastructure to enable large-scale cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Crews are building two secant pile walls to support the new Mercury Treatment Facility. These walls will retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure to divert Upper East Fork Poplar Creek waters into the headworks portion of the facility.

Made in the USA: DOE Labs Help Advance Technology to Ensure Supply of Key Medical Isotopes

“Made in the USA.” That can now be said of the radioactive isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), last made in the United States in the late 1980s. Its short-lived decay product, technetium-99m (Tc-99m), is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging. Tc-99m is best known for imaging blood flow in a cardiac nuclear stress test. ORNL and others are providing R&D help to make molybdenum-99 and technetium-99m without highly enriched uranium.