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Newswise: ORNL, TVA partner to drive decarbonization, explore carbon-free technologies
Released: 1-Mar-2022 10:20 AM EST
ORNL, TVA partner to drive decarbonization, explore carbon-free technologies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, are joining forces to advance decarbonization technologies from discovery through deployment through a new memorandum of understanding, or MOU.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 2:15 PM EST
Data Shows Increase in Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) researchers, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network, report an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Released: 28-Oct-2021 9:55 AM EDT
Area nonprofits receive $150,000 in grants from UT-Battelle
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“The success of our community is a vital part of the lab’s mission,” said Alan Icenhour, deputy laboratory director for operations at ORNL. “We’re proud to support organizations that positively impact many lives in East Tennessee.”

11-Mar-2021 2:20 PM EST
Pre-term Births in Tennessee Decreased During Pandemic
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The study is the first in the US to confirm the trend that more persons staying at home, essentially on forced bed rest, reduced the number of late pre-term infants (34-35 weeks).

Released: 5-Mar-2019 10:35 AM EST
Scientists at ESS, Swedish Water Research, ORNL use VISION to look at common contaminant for cleaner water applications
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Monika Hartl from the European Spallation Source is using neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to understand how plastic materials interact with the filters used to remove them from water. Through understanding these interactions, scientists can develop improved water filters that are better at purifying water and reducing water contaminants.

Released: 5-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EST
New ORNL AI tool revolutionizes process for matching cancer patients with clinical trials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Health Data Sciences Institute (HDSI) have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to better match cancer patients with clinical trials. The researchers were one of ten teams to develop a digital tool to address complex challenges relevant to medical conditions such as cancer and Lyme disease as part of The Opportunity Project (TOP) Health Sprint, a 14-week effort sponsored by the Census Bureau, coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and led by two Presidential Innovation Fellows.

1-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EST
Right electrolyte doubles novel two-dimensional material’s ability to store energy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Drexel University and their partners have discovered a way to improve the energy density of promising energy-storage materials, conductive two-dimensional ceramics called MXenes.

Released: 1-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST
ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for energy conversion applications
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ReactWell has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production.

Released: 28-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Research Shows Frogs Can Adapt To Traffic Noise
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Frogs don’t like living near noisy highways any better than people do, but research from Vanderbilt suggests that frogs, like hardened city-dwellers, can learn to adapt to the constant din of rumbling trucks, rolling tires and honking horns. And, just like those urbanites who can’t get a good night’s sleep without the sporadic sounds of sirens, some frogs have grown accustomed to the rattle and hum of the highway.

Released: 25-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Vera Bocharova: Advancing the frontiers of knowledge about soft materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Profiled is Vera Bocharova of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who studies the structure and dynamics of soft materials—polymer nanocomposites, polymer electrolytes and biological macromolecules—to advance materials and technologies for energy, medicine and other applications.

15-Feb-2019 10:00 AM EST
Helping Patients Breathe During Dangerous Procedure Prevents Life-Threatening Complications
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Thousands of Americans die each year during a dangerous two-minute procedure to insert a breathing tube. Now a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is showing that using bag-mask ventilation, squeezing air from a bag into the mouth for 60 seconds to help patients’ breathing, improves outcomes and could potentially save lives.

Released: 18-Feb-2019 10:15 AM EST
Story Tips From the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 18, 2019
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL neutrons investigate novel carbon capture crystals; gleaning valuable Twitter data to quickly map power outages; lightweight, heat-shielding graphite foam test yields positive results in fusion reactors; open source software scales up analysis of motor designs to run on supercomputers

Released: 14-Feb-2019 7:05 AM EST
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital named to Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For’ for ninth consecutive year
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

For the ninth consecutive year, Fortune magazine named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Released: 13-Feb-2019 3:00 PM EST
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Honored as Recipient of the 2019 Microsoft Health Innovation Award
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been named a recipient of Microsoft Corp.’s 2019 Health Innovation Award for the St. Jude Cloud, a data-sharing resource for the global research community that gives scientists immediate access to genomics data that previously could take weeks to download.

Released: 13-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
IBM Watson Health Invests $50M in Joint Research Collaborations with Leading Medical Centers to Advance the Application of AI to Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

IBM Watson Health today announced plans to make a 10-year, $50 million investment in joint research collaborations with Brigham and Women’s Hospital – the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School – and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to advance the science of artificial intelligence (AI) and its application to major public health issues.

13-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST
Supercomputing Effort Reveals Antibody Secrets
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Using sophisticated gene sequencing and computing techniques, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center have achieved a first-of-its-kind glimpse into how the body’s immune system gears up to fight off infection.

Released: 13-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Customized drug interaction alerts address alert fatigue, protect patients
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researchers used a comprehensive method to reduce drug interaction alerts, improving electronic health record systems to lower alert fatigue and increase patient safety.

Released: 12-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
ORNL Teams with Los Alamos, EPB to Demonstrate Next-Generation Grid Security Tech
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories has partnered with EPB, a Chattanooga utility and telecommunications company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of metro-scale quantum key distribution (QKD) as a means of secure communication for the nation’s electricity suppliers. This initial milestone is part of the team’s three-year project focused on next-generation grid security.

Released: 12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
They call it puppy love, but what is it really?
Vanderbilt University

Even if animals have ulterior motives for teaming up, they teach humans a lot about love.

Released: 8-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
Hearne Joins ORNL as Director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has named Sean Hearne director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.

Released: 5-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Tree of life: Poplar studies yield human cancer insights
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

While studying the genes in poplar trees that control callus formation, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered genetic networks at the root of tumor formation in several human cancers.

Released: 5-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Neutrons Unlock Properties of Novel Porous Metal-Hydride for Possible New Energy Storage Applications
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A team of researchers used the Wide Angle Neutron Diffractometer at ORNL's HFIR to explore a novel porous metal hydride, which could lead to improved gas-separation techniques and more effective ways to store gaseous hydrogen.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences launches Master of Science degree program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The program, known as the Master of Science in global child health, will take two years to complete, and is offered as a blended program with a competency-based curriculum.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 9:30 AM EST
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 4, 2019
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory used machine learning to map vegetation in Alaskan tundra; ORNL taps machine learning to better predict home-to-work commuting; Univ of South Carolina investigates oxygen-reducing perovskites in fuel cells using ORNL neutrons; decades of data showed salt purity trends leading to inconsistent corrosion of alloys.

27-Jan-2019 8:00 PM EST
Novel electron microscopy offers nanoscale, damage-free tracking of isotopes in amino acids
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory described in the journal Science the first use of an electron microscope to directly identify isotopes in amino acids at the nanoscale without damaging the samples, which could open a new pathway for deeper, more comprehensive studies of the basic building blocks of life.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
Minority Kidney Transplants Could Increase with New Option
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kidney transplant recipients are now benefiting from donor organs that do not match their blood type but are compatible and just as safe, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Released: 29-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
How making an accusation at work makes you seem more trustworthy
Vanderbilt University

Making an accusation about unethical business practices undermines trust in the accused and enhances trust in the accuser, but only if the accusation is made in good faith, according to new research led by Vanderbilt business professor Jessica Kennedy.

Released: 29-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Creating space within law for nonbinary genders
Vanderbilt University

In order to make our policies and regulations more inclusive of nonbinary gender identities, we need to rethink the role of sex and gender in our laws.

24-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Long-Term Unemployment, Clinician Shortage Linked to Increase in Babies Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Babies born after being exposed to opioids before birth are more likely to be delivered in regions of the U.S. with high rates of long-term unemployment and lower levels of mental health services, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the RAND Corporation.

Released: 29-Jan-2019 9:40 AM EST
Nasal Whooping Cough Vaccine Trial Underway at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt vaccine researchers are enrolling adult volunteers in a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Phase II clinical trial that will study a next generation pertussis vaccine that may protect people from whooping cough.

Released: 25-Jan-2019 9:40 AM EST
VUMC Scientists ‘Sprint’ to Find Anti-Zika Antibodies
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues in Boston, Seattle and St. Louis are racing to develop — in a mere 90 days — a protective antibody-based treatment that can stop the spread of the Zika virus.

Released: 24-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Discovery Could Advance Blood Pressure Treatments
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, working with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), has discovered genetic associations with blood pressure that could guide future treatments for patients with hypertension.

Released: 24-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Jon Poplawsky—Probing materials to improve energy and information technologies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Profiled is Jon Poplawsky, a materials scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who develops and links advanced characterization techniques that improve our ability to see and understand atomic-scale features of diverse materials for energy and information technologies.

Released: 23-Jan-2019 5:05 PM EST
Vanderbilt School of Nursing celebrates grand opening of revolutionary building expansion
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing opened a new $23.6 million building expansion containing a state-of-the-art simulation lab and technologically advanced classrooms with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Jan. 22. The building was designed to be both LEED- and WELL-certified.

Released: 23-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
Major Grant to Bolster Research on Inflammation-Related Cancers
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cancer Research UK has awarded a 20-million-pound grant (about $26 million U.S.) to a team of international investigators, including Vanderbilt’s James Goldenring, MD, PhD, to study inflammation-related cancers.

Released: 23-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Normal variations in thyroid function may be linked to atrial fibrillation risk
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has strengthened the link between thyroid function and atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm that increases the risk of stroke and other heart-related complications.

Released: 23-Jan-2019 10:00 AM EST
Study Finds Unique Form of Chronic Sinusitis in Older Patients
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Older patients with a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis — a disease of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses that often persists over many years — have a unique inflammatory signature that may render them less responsive to steroid treatment, according to a new study published by Vanderbilt researchers.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Vanderbilt Transplant Center Debuts New Mobile App
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Patients and providers now have instant access to Tennessee’s only full-service transplant center on their smartphones and mobile devices.

14-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
No substantial benefit from transplantation reported for a high-risk leukemia subtype
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found treatment guided by measuring minimal residual disease was associated with better outcomes for hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients

Released: 18-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Pioneering Vanderbilt School of Nursing building designed with health in mind
Vanderbilt University

Once certified, the Vanderbilt School of Nursing's new expansion is expected to be the first complete building in Nashville to meet the WELL Building Standard, developed to support the health and well-being of a building's occupants.

Released: 17-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Wilkins Named Vice President for Health Equity
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been named to the newly created positions of Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associate Dean for Health Equity with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Released: 16-Jan-2019 11:35 AM EST
Neutron science publications reach new highs at ORNL’s flagship facilities
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have reached new levels of increased science productivity. In 2018, a record high of more than 500 scientific instrument publications were produced between HFIR and SNS—based on neutron beamline experiments conducted by more than 1,200 US and international researchers who used the world-leading facilities.

Released: 14-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Vanderbilt Set New Heart, Overall Transplant Record in 2018
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) set a new record for total transplants among its five organ specialties in 2018 with more than 500 transplants.

Released: 14-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
More accurate leukemia diagnosis expected as researchers refine leukemia classification
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

More than 90 percent of B-ALL cases can now be classified by subtype, up from 70 percent several years ago. The number of proposed B-ALL subtypes is now 23.

Released: 10-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Researching cleaner, more efficient bioenergy production using neutrons
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers from Lund University and ORNL are using neutrons to study cleaner approaches to using biomass by investigating how biomasses degrade as they are exposed to extreme temperatures, and how the biomass byproducts could potentially be used in alternative applications.

Released: 10-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
New analysis suggests lepers may not have been pariahs in Jesus’ time
Vanderbilt University

New insights into how disease and impurity were viewed in first-century Jewish society suggests scholars may need to reevaluate how they interpret Jesus' interaction with people affected by leprosy.

Released: 8-Jan-2019 12:45 PM EST
Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2019
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL story tips: Automated pellet press speeds production of Pu-238 to fuel NASA’s deep space exploration; new memory cell circuit design may boost storage with less energy in exascale, quantum computing; free app eases installation, repair of HVAC systems that use low GWP refrigerants; and more.

Released: 3-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Novel fiber-optic device lays foundation for quantum-enhanced measurements
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Interferometers—instruments that precisely measure the intersection of two beams of light—are useful for both fundamental science studies and practical applications such as gyroscopes and hydrophones. A team of researchers at ORNL developed and tested a new interferometer that shows potential for improved sensitivity at the quantum scale. Their paper was selected as an APS Editor’s Pick, a distinction reserved for especially noteworthy publications.