Creating diverse, inclusive workplaces offers many benefits, but achieving that goal can be challenging. To help small businesses in the Oak Ridge region with that effort, EM Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management contractor UCOR teamed with Roane State Community College to host a virtual Small Business Diversity Summit
Students in 30 schools across the region will benefit from $30,000 in mini-grants that UCOR is awarding to fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects. UCOR annually awards these mini-grants to help teachers heighten students’ awareness of technical fields. UCOR has awarded close to $230,000 in mini-grants to local schools since 2012.
The Tennessee General Assembly passed a FY21-22 state budget Thursday that includes an $8 million investment in the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute. The UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute was established in 2019 to further align the expertise and infrastructure of ORNL and UT in support of world-leading research and talent development.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, which once got nearly two-thirds of its power by burning coal, is preparing plans to phase out the last of its aging fleet of coal power plants within the next decade and a half and turn to more natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources like solar and wind power to generate more carbon-free electricity.
On April 28, 2006, the newly constructed Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) delivered its first beam to target. Fifteen years later, the facility has been operating at full power and producing impactful science. SNS is one of two neutron research facilities at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)—its sister facility is the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)