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Gina Tourassi, left, has been appointed as director of the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Tourassi replaces NCCS director Jim Hack, who will transition to a strategic leadership role in CCSD. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL

Gina Tourassi has been appointed as director of the National Center for Computational Sciences, a division of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Five companies to collaborate with ORNL

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2019 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory and five leading building equipment industries will collaborate to improve the energy performance of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems and investigate climate-friendly alternative refrigerants.

Burak Ozpineci

Burak Ozpineci, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elevated to fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Lightning strike test

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that an additively manufactured polymer layer, when applied to carbon fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP, can serve as an effective protector against aircraft lightning strikes.

Argon pellet injection text

As scientists study approaches to best sustain a fusion reactor, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigated injecting shattered argon pellets into a super-hot plasma, when needed, to protect the reactor’s interior wall from high-energy runaway electrons.

Liane B. Russell at the outset of her scientific career. She came to Oak Ridge in 1947.

The life and legacy of Dr. Liane Russell – world-renowned for her groundbreaking genetics research in mice – will be celebrated during a symposium on December 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORNL researcher Henriette Jager has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Henriette Jager, senior research scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Kathy McCarthy

Kathy McCarthy has been named director of the US ITER Project Office at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, effective March 2020.

Julie G. Ezold and Yutai Katoh

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) has recognized two nuclear researchers, Julie G. Ezold and Yutai Katoh, both of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at its annual Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, held in Washington, D.C.

A pilot reactor, developed by Vertimass and located at TechnipFMC, can scale up the process that converts ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications. Credit: TechnipFMC.

A technology developed at the ORNL and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels