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October 26, 2012
Special Report: IG-0875

Review of the Compromise of Security Test Materials at the Y-12 National Security Complex

October 12, 2012
The VULCAN diffractometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) was built to take measurements of engineered components like a jet engine turbine blade or the frame of a car. VULCAN can "see" inside the material and make three dimensional maps of the distance between atoms in critical sections. Scientists can use these maps to determine if the atoms are being squeezed together or pulled apart — signs of stress in the materials. This photo highlights the optical fibers of a VULCAN detector module. The fibers transmit light signals created by captured neutrons to photo multiplier tubes where the signals are amplified and then sent into a data acquisition system. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The VULCAN Diffractometer

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September 28, 2012
Bojan Petrovic, a senior researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, will lead an IRP team in developing a high-power light water reactor design with inherent safety features. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology
New Nuclear Energy Awards Give Students Hands-On Research Experience

Students and researchers in Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee will conduct nuclear energy research to address the industry’s complex issues thanks to an Energy Department award.

September 21, 2012
The 44-acre K-25 superstructure made significant historical contributions during its years of operation. | Photo credit Oak Ridge Office photographer Lynn Freeny.
Commemorating the Historical Contributions of the K-25 Site in Tennessee

A new project will turn the old K-25 site in Tennessee into a new industrial park for future economic development.

September 19, 2012
The completed Nashville Bridge Company's building (called NABRICO for short) includes a geothermal heat pump system to keep public energy costs low. | Photo courtesy of David Powell, AIA.
Nashville Turns an Eyesore into an Energy-Efficient Asset

A century-old building on Nashville's waterfront is revitalized with help from an Energy Department grant.

September 6, 2012
CX-009180: Categorical Exclusion Determination

(0675-1526) Gayle Technologies, Inc. (GTI) - State-of-Health by Ultrasonic Battery Monitoring with In-Service Testing
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Date: 09/06/2012
Location(s): Tennessee, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Offices(s): Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

September 6, 2012
EIS-0283-S2: Notice of Extension of Public Review and Comment Period and Announcement of an Additional Public Hearing

Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact
Statement

August 29, 2012
Special Report: IG-0868

Inquiry into the Security Breach at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Y-12 National Security Complex

August 20, 2012
Freda Hopper serves as a Small Business Program Manager at Oak Ridge Operations Office, helping small businesses learn how to work with the Department and access contract opportunities. Here, she joins Dot Harris (at podium) at a Small Business Summit in Oak Ridge this July.
Conversations and Connections – The Expertise of our Small Business Program Managers

When Melanie Goff, president of a small, minority, women-owned business, needed to find new business prospects in the federal government, she turned to Freda Hopper. Hopper has been working with small businesses looking to get their foot in the door to federal contracting as a small business program manager since 1998, serving small businesses from her position at Oak Ridge Operations Office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

August 15, 2012
Simulated three-dimensional fission power distribution of a single 17x17 rod PWR fuel assembly. | Photo courtesy of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL).
Five Years of Building the Next Generation of Reactors

A two-year update on the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors and the progress being made in overcoming barriers to national energy goals.