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Simpson named new JIBS director
Dr. Michael Simpson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Corporate Fellow and Group Leader of the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL, has been appointed the next director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS). This appointment is in addition to his role at CNMS.

ORNL press release: Oct. 21, 2014

ORNL welcomes first Liane Russell fellows
Renowned mammalian geneticist Liane Russell returned Thursday to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to congratulate the first recipients of a new fellowship named in her honor.

ORNL press release: Aug. 29, 2014

ORNL researchers Simpson, Snead, Tuskan named Corporate Fellows
Michael L. Simpson, Lance L. Snead and Gerald A. Tuskan have been named Corporate Fellows of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORNL press release, June 24, 2014

Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology
Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.Zoomable' map of poplar proteins offers new view of bioenergy crop
ORNL press release: March 6, 2014

Bienergy expert Ragauskas named UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair
Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named a University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair.
ORNL press release: Feb. 21, 2014

ORNL's Keller, Babu, Hazen elected AAAS fellows
The associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and two University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair researchers are among the newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
ORNL press release: Nov. 25, 2013

ORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production
Researchers studying more effective ways to convert woody plant matter into biofuels at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified fundamental forces that change plant structures during pretreatment processes used in the production of bioenergy.
ORNL press release: Nov. 13, 2013

Tree roots and their microbial partners may provide answers to productivity
The ability to make plants grow stronger and more quickly is a key goal in the effort to develop better biofuels and better understand plant efficiency. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have gone straight to the roots to understand microbes that may play a role in reaching that goal.
ORNL press release: Nov. 13, 2013

Toxic methylmercury-producing microbes more widespread than realized
Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned.
ORNL press release: Sept. 12, 2013

ORNL research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup
More forms of mercury can be converted to deadly methylmercury than previously thought, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The discovery provides scientists with another piece of the mercury puzzle, bringing them one step closer to understanding the challenges associated with mercury cleanup.
ORNL press release: Aug. 5, 2013

Microbiomes Unfurl: As DNA sequencing costs drop, scientists begin cataloging plants' beneficial band of microbial stowaways
Chemical & Engineering News: October 1, 2012

10,000 Feet Down: Extreme bacteria provide an unexpected boost to manufacturing
ORNL Review 45(2): October 2012

Water-Wise Biofuel Crop Study to Alter Plants Metabolic, Photosynthesis Process September 14, 2012
Biofuels Journal: September 14, 2012
Domestic September 14, 2012
Hobby Farms: September 28, 2012

Teacher Lauds ‘Amazing Opportunity’ to Participate in ORNL Fellowship Program
Oswego Patch: July 25, 2012

Tapping into reservoir of heat-loving bacteria. BESC scientists explore bacteria to break down cellulose
Science Daily: July 2, 2012

LABRADOR soon to sniff out graves around the world: BSD scientist Dr. Arpad Vass has invented a device that detects the odor of human decomposition.
WATE TV: May 15, 2012

Follow ORNL scientists in the Arctic as part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE)

ORNL to partner with Knowledge Foundation for biosurveillance symposium in Washington, DC, on June 27th, 2012
PR Web: March 29, 2012

Gerald A. Tuskan named Forest Biotechnologist of the Year
ORNL press release: Feb. 3, 2012

Supercomputer reveals new details behind drug-processing protein model
ORNL press release: Dec. 6, 2011

A Bioenergy Ecosystem
ORNL Review 44(3): Third Qtr 2011

Single, Key Gene Discovery Could Streamline Production of Biofuels
DOE press release: August 11, 2011

National Laboratories and Universities Team up to Build a Community Systems Biology Knowledgebase
DOE press release: July 7, 2011

DOE program reaches thousands of students with 'farming for fuels' program
ORNL press release: June 1, 2011

Bacterial genome may hold answers to mercury mystery
ORNL press release: April 8, 2011
ScienceDaily article

Key plant traits yield more sugar for biofuels
ORNL press release: March 29, 2011

Neutron analysis yields insight into bacteria for solar energy
ORNL press release: March 23, 2011

BESC scores a first with isobutanol directly from cellulose

'Fingerprints' match molecular simulations with reality
ORNL press release: Feb. 22, 2011

New lignin 'lite' switchgrass boosts biofuel yield by more than one-third
ORNL press release: Feb. 14, 2011

Natural dissolved organic matter plays dual role in cycling of mercury
ORNL Review 44(1): First Qtr 2011

The next generation of biofuels
ORNL Review 43(3) (entire issued devoted to biofuels)
Third Qtr 2010

Cell signaling classification system gives researchers new tool
ORNL press release: July 2, 2010


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