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January 7, 2019 – Growing up, Natalie Griffiths dreamed of playing shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays.
December 17, 2018 – More than 70 years ago, United States Navy Captain Hyman Rickover learned the ins and outs of nuclear science and reactor technology at the Clinton Training School at what would eventually become the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
December 17, 2018 – Sheng Dai, the most prolific author ever at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, had no intention of pursuing a career in science as a young man; he wanted to paint instead.
December 3, 2018 – Scientists and engineers are always searching for ways to solve the world’s biggest challenges, such as reducing carbon emissions, creating more effective cancer treatments, and increasing energy efficiency in electronics.
November 21, 2018 – Leah Broussard, a physicist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has so much fun exploring the neutron that she alternates between calling it her “laboratory” and “playground” for understanding the universe.
November 14, 2018 – The first time Jibonananda Sanyal ever logged into a supercomputing system, the landing page told him he could use up to 500 cores, a modest number for some but a significant amount for the early career researcher.
October 17, 2018 – In 1675, Isaac Newton famously wrote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." History records that even Newton had help climbing onto those shoulders, which shows the need for forward-thinking scientists who influence tomorrow’s researchers by doing some of the heavy lifting today.
September 12, 2018 – If you ask the staff and researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory how they were first referred to the lab, you will get an extremely varied list of responses.
August 27, 2018 – Sergei Kalinin of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory knows that seeing something is not the same as understanding it.
August 21, 2018 – Of all the roles Moonis Ally has held during his life, the title of ‘problem solver’ resonates with him the most. Ally’s commitment to problem solving, and ultimately to helping others solve problems, is what led to the theory bearing his name and the book summarizing his work at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
August 7, 2018 – The materials inside a fusion reactor must withstand one of the most extreme environments in science, with temperatures in the thousands of degrees Celsius and a constant bombardment of neutron radiation and deuterium and tritium, isotopes of hydrogen, from the volatile plasma at the heart of the device.
August 3, 2018 — Singanallur “Venkat” Venkatakrishnan is helping scientists get a better view of objects under study by some of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s most powerful instruments by creating algorithms that turn data into 3D renderings with fewer images.
July 23, 2018 — As leader of the RF, Communications, and Cyber-Physical Security Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Kerekes heads an accelerated lab-directed research program to build virtual models of critical infrastructure systems like the power grid that can be used to develop ways to detect and repel cyber-intrusion and to make the network resilient when disruption occurs.
July 13, 2018 – Chang-Hong Yu of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory fell in love with running in 2008 and has since completed 38 marathons or longer-distance races.
July 9, 2018 – If you try to visually represent a spiking neural network, a type of machine learning model, what you often get is an inextricable three-dimensional spiderweb of flashing dots and lines.
June 13, 2018 – Amy Moore has found that her pursuit of several degrees and certificates in a variety of subjects is serving her well as she uses her expertise in transportation planning, geographic information science, and information technology to develop intelligent mobility solutions at ORNL.
June 13, 2018 – Zili Wu of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory grew up on a farm in China’s heartland. He chose to leave it to catalyze a career in chemistry.
June 6, 2018 – Inspiration often strikes in the unlikeliest of places and for Kaushik Biswas, a mechanical engineer in ORNL’s Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research Group, a moment spent enjoying entertainment led to the idea of developing self-healing vacuum panels for buildings.
May 21, 2018 – Raman. Heisenberg. Fermi. Wollan. From Kolkata to Göttingen, Chicago to Oak Ridge. Arnab Banerjee has literally walked in the footsteps of some of the greatest pioneers in physics history—and he’s forging his own trail along the way.
April 27, 2018 – A few miles from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory sits a quiet house in a suburban neighborhood.
April 9, 2018 – It may take a village to raise a child, according to the old proverb, but it takes an entire team of highly trained scientists and engineers to install and operate a state-of-the-art, exceptionally complex ion microprobe. Just ask Julie Smith, a nuclear security scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
April 3, 2018 – Having begun her career at the lab in the nuclear nonproliferation and radiation safeguards area, Shaheen Dewji is leveraging her expertise to help expand the work of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge (CRPK)—a unique organization led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory that focuses on preserving expertise in radiation dosimetry.
March 21, 2018 – Vlastimil Kunc grew up in a family of scientists where his natural curiosity was encouraged—an experience that continues to drive his research today in polymer composite additive manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
February 27, 2018 – For anyone seeking comprehensive data and analysis regarding the vehicle technology market, all roads lead to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Stacy Davis.
January 22, 2018 – Brian Post came to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory looking for a way to combine his interests in controls engineering and robotics, and he found it at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), where he and his colleagues are revolutionizing 3D-printing with every improvement they make.