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Female Scientists’ Pages Keep Disappearing from Wikipedia – What’s Going On?

‘I’m being deleted from Wikipedia, which feels like I’m famous,’ Sarah Tuttle tweeted in early May. The astrophysicist’s Wikipedia page was flagged for deletion just weeks after a fierce – and prominent – battle over the page of superheavy element chemist Clarice Phelps. Phelps, who works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US, is quite possibly the first female African–American scientist to be part of team that discovered a superheavy element, tennessine – a feat, some might argue, that means she should be featured on the world’s largest encyclopaedia. But Wikipedia editors disagreed. The Wikipedia profile of one of the discoverers of tennessine, Clarice Phelps, has been at the centre of a battle over who is notable enough to feature in the encyclopaedia

Demolition Reduces Risk at Oak Ridge Building

EM workers have torn down the west end of Building 3017 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory after more than a decade of challenges, evaluations, and repairs to the structure. The building was used for office space by Isotek, the EM Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) contractor responsible for processing and disposing of the site’s inventory of uranium-233.  Crews have cleared debris from the site, and the remaining portion of the building is being refurbished with a new entrance. That work is expected to be completed this month so normal operations can resume there.

NNSA, BWXT Subsidiary to Negotiate Contract for Uranium Metal Conversion

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Tuesday it intends to award BWX Technologies subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services a sole-source contract to purify highly enriched uranium and convert it into metal for nuclear weapons programs. The NNSA will need Nuclear Fuel Services to step in around 2023, when the semiautononmous Department of Energy agency plans to shut down existing uranium purification systems in Building 9212 at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee, according to a June 25 letter from an NNSA official obtained by Weapons Complex Morning Briefing.

How to Throw a More Climate-Friendly BBQ

July 4th is the day that everyone, and we mean 87 percent of Americans, plans to rev up their grills--my family included. As a kid, I loved the easy nature of our barbecues. But I also remember the clouds of smoke billowing from the grill that never quite went away. The way trash cans were piled high. According to study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, when both gas grills and charcoal grills burn for an hour, gas grills release 5.3 pounds of carbon dioxide compared to charcoal grills 11 pounds.

AI Pesents Host of Ethical Challenges for Healthcare

While artificial intelligence has tremendous potential for revolutionizing healthcare delivery, there are many possible pitfalls and ill-intended uses of this powerful technology. That’s the contention of Georgia Tourassi, director of the Health Data Sciences Institute at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “With the great promise of AI comes an even greater responsibility,” Tourassi testified on Wednesday before a House committee hearing on AI’s societal and ethical implications. “There are many ethical questions when applying AI in medicine.”

VA Contends that it Now has the World’s Largest Biobank

The richness of the data being gleaned from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Million Veteran Program is enabling researchers to begin to shed light on the genetics of a range of medical conditions. “Today, eight years after it began, it is the largest mega-biobank in the world,” according to Carolyn Clancy, MD, deputy undersecretary for discovery, education and affiliate networks for the Veterans Health Administration. “Over 750,000 veterans from all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico have enrolled, and we also have their clinical electronic data—which makes it literally a unique resource in the world.”

Senate Panel Approves Health Cost Bill but Plans Changes

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday approved, 20-3, legislation meant to lower health care costs, although senators suggested that more changes are likely before the floor debate next month. Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee hopes to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote in mid-to-late July, which will likely set up a flurry of lobbying and debate among lawmakers over changes to it.

Advancing America through Technology Transfer – Posters

DOE's Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) celebrates the incredible success stories written by the department's 17 National Laboratories each and every day. The Advancing America through Technology Transfer series selects one story from each lab and transforms it into a work of art that captures the spirit of the lab and its surrounding area. With each project, OTT strives to showcase the impacts these lab-derived technologies have on our everyday lives, our economic competitiveness and national security. Click here to see the posters.

Non-Discriminatory AI Requires a Human Touch, Experts Say

Artificial intelligence systems are increasingly replicating historical patterns of discrimination and the government’s got to do something about it quick, technology experts told Congress Wednesday.  To combat the perpetuation, they said lawmakers must boost funding for interdisciplinary research and work to ensure social scientists are embedded with technical teams from the inception of America’s AI projects. 

The Millennial Nuclear Caucus, a Perspective from a Community Leader

An excerpt from Tim Griffins's weekly column to the ETEBA Membership... Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Millennial Nuclear Caucus at the New Hope Center in Oak Ridge.   For any of my fellow “seasoned” workers who may be discouraged or concerned about the future of the nuclear industry and its aging work force, let me recommend that you spend a day at one of these events.  The energy (pardon the pun) in the room is palpable, and one can’t help but be impressed by the extremely intelligent, creative, and enthusiastic young people who have chosen the nuclear industry as their career path.