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News and Notes

Muddy_BootUpcoming 2013 ETEC Programs

November 1 – History of the Muddy Boot

November 8 – Bill Fox, Generation mPower

November 15 – Cliff Hawks, Cherokee Farms Development Corporation

November 22 – Board of Directors Meeting

Other Upcoming 2013 Events

Click here for ETEC’s calendar of upcoming conferences, meetings and events.

Getting Ready for the Uranium Processing Facility Project, presented by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, October 31st at the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library, RSVP.

Welcome Reception For Dr. Ramesh and Family (flyer), Pollard Technology Conference Center at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), November 7th.

Free Tennessee Small Business Development Seminars, November 5th & 8th at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, for questions: call 865-483-2668 or email

Recption Honoring Dr. Chris Whaley, President of Roane State, hosted by Tech 20/20, November 13th, RSVP to Brooke Henderson at 865-637-1925 or

ETEBA’s 14th Annual Business Opportunities Conference, Knoxville Convention Center, November 12-14th.

Startup Day 2013 – November 21st at The Standard in downtown Knoxville, admission is free but registration is required. 

News from DOE communities and the world around us

Nobel Laureate launches Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series

Source: ORNL News Release

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 28, 2013 – Four Nobel Laureates are among nine lecturers who will be participating in the new Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology, and Policy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Albert Fert, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics, opens the series on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in the Iran Thomas Auditorium at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source. Read more ….

The women in Congress who could lead to a budget deal

Source: Joann Weiner | The Washington Post

Women in Congress played an outsized role in ending the government shutdown earlier this month. But the solution only funded federal agencies through mid-January. This week, as lawmakers grapple with a new round of budget negotiations t0 fund the government past Jan. 15, female senators and representatives could take center stage once more. Read more…. 

Bio-ink used to print tissue

Source: Science Daily

Oct. 24, 2013 — What sounds like a dream of the future has already been the subject of research for a few years: simply printing out tissue and organs. Now scientists have further refined the technology and are able to produce various tissue types. Read more ….

TVA’s Bellefonte faces an uncertain future

Source: Dave Flessner | Chattanooga Times Free Press

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — The 500-foot high, hyperboloid-shaped cooling towers rise over the rolling hills along the Tennessee River, shaping the physical and potentially the economic landscape of Northeast Alabama.The twin towers and the high-voltage lines that crisscross the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant stand as the most visible symbols of one of America’s largest unfinished construction projects— and perhaps the last of a generation of nuclear plants of their type. Read more ….

Automatic budget cutbacks set science on shaky ground

Source: Geoff Brumfiel | NPR

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists use a powerful computer known as Titan to simulate everything from the inner workings of a nuclear reactor to the complicated effects of climate change on human populations — on a global scale. Until recently, Titan was the most powerful supercomputer on the planet, but now there’s a new No. 1. Read here ….




Personnel Changes

Y-12 Names Bill Reis Vice President, Public & Governmental Affairs

Source: Y-12 Press Release

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Bill Reis has been appointed Vice President, Public & Governmental Affairs for B&W Y-12. Read here ….




November 2013 Breakfast Sponsor

Thank you to Cadre5 for sponsoring breakfast this month.


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