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News and Notes

U.S._Captiol_StepsUpcoming 2014 ETEC Programs

January 24 – Board Meeting

January 31 – Innovation Valley Competitive Airfare Partnership Program

February 7 – Major General Garrett Harencak

February 14 – Mike Belbeck, Methodist Mecial Center

Other Upcoming 2014 Events
Click here for ETEC’s calendar of upcoming conferences, meetings and events.

4th Annual Veterans Career and Education Expo, presented by the Tennessee Veterans Business Association, January 28th at the Knoxville Convention Center. Free to attend.

Free Small Business Start-Up Seminar, presented by Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Thursday, January 30th at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, contact 865-483-2668 or for more information, registration is required.

Free Affordable Care Act Seminar for Small Business Owners, presented by Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Wednesday, February 5th at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, contact 865-483-2668 or for more information, registration is required.

News from DOE communities and the world around us

Budget offers recovery hope for 2014

Source: Lauren Morello, Jessica Morrison, Sara Reardon, Jeff Tollefson& Alexandra Witze | Nature

For US science agencies, the worst may be over. After a year of pitched budget battles, which began with an across-the-board cut and ended with a government shutdown, Congress displayed a rare moment of harmony last week as its members swiftly approved a US$1.1-trillion spending bill for 2014. Read more ….

Thom Mason on his Red Team assignment from NNSA

Source: Frank Munger | Atomic City Underground

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason compared his new assignment, heading a Red Team review of alternatives to the Uranium Processing Facility, to shopping for a car. Read more…. 

MEGTEC Systems becomes affiliate to U.S. Department of Energy

Source: Market Wired

MEGTEC Systems, a leading global supplier of engineered systems and environmental and energy solutions to advanced manufacturing facilities, has become an affiliate to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR). Read more ….

TN lawmakers attempting to delay Common Core

Source: Joey Garrison | The Tennessean

Republican lawmakers are putting the final touches on legislation that would delay the implementation of Common Core education standards and the companion test in Tennessee, perhaps setting the stage for the type of fight playing out in statehouses across the country. Read more ….

Feds to announce safety review findings at TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

Source: Brian Lawson |

TVA is set to learn if its efforts to improve safety and reliability at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens have been enough to remove a “red finding” the plant was given in 2011 after a problem of “high safety significance.” Read more ….


The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) awards ORNL, UT scientists

Source: Newswise

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) will honor members who have made remarkable contributions in the field of materials science and engineering this past year at the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition set for February 16-20 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. Read here ….

January 2014 Breakfast Sponsor

Thank you to S&ME for sponsoring breakfast this month.


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