Snail Darter Matures from Notoriety to Success Story

On August 31, a proposal was released to remove the tiny snail darter from the endangered species list of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 1975, TVA's unfinished Tellico Dam threatened the snail-eating species. TVA has since improved the quality of the water and added fish habitat. If delisted, it will join 52 other species that have been removed from the ESA due to recovery efforts since 1973. 

Y-12 Training Center to Teach First Responders to Work Nuclear Emergencies

The land passersby see cleared in west Oak Ridge near the Oak Ridge Turnpike will soon host a training center for first responders, including those responding to nuclear emergencies.

UT’s Baker Center Hires First Director of Policy Partnerships

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy announced that Bill Lyons will join the center’s staff as the inaugural director of policy partnerships. A professor emeritus of political science at UT, Lyons will begin in his new role September 20.

Lab-in-a-Box Program Hits Major Milestone

The Roane State's Community College program has placed three kits in all 27 rural schools involved in the program. Lab-in-a-Box evolved from an initiative begun 11 years ago by the East Tennessee Economic Council to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in rural schools.

Y-12 Laboratory Receives Recertification for Nuclear Navy Support

The Analytical Chemistry Organization at Y-12 recently received good news from Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory that ACO completed the annual laboratory requalification to continue supporting nuclear Navy reactors through June 30, 2022.