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Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • Starry Night at the Gala

    Guests will experience a “Starry Night” at the 16th annual Gala benefitting the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The celestial celebration of children, the arts and science will be from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

  • MTSU expert to meet with heritage group in Oak Ridge

    Lydia Simpson, programs manager for Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation, will speak during the next meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Heritage and science tourism are extremely important for Oak Ridge. In her job, Simpson manages the department’s public programming and outreach, with particular involvement with CHP digital platform initiatives.

  • Zacharia new ORNL chief

    From staff reports

    Thomas Zacharia has been appointed as the next director of the Oak Ridge National Lab by UT-Battelle.

    He replaces Thom Mason, who is leaving to join Battelle after 10 years leading ORNL.

    Zacharia, who first joined ORNL in 1987, distinguished himself as the leader of the lab’s supercomputing efforts.

    “He has led many of the innovative research and development initiatives that ORNL has successfully pursued over the past decade,” said Joe DiPietro, chair of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors.

  • Manhattan Project park to welcome new U.S. citizens

    The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at 10:30 a.m. June 16 in American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The public is welcome to witness this stirring ceremony.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will preside. Amanda North and Natasha Loyd from Oak Ridge High School will sing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Police Department will provide the presentation of colors.

  • It’s Junior Ranger Day at museum

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park encourages families to visit the park this week as part of National Park Week.

    Children of all ages are welcome to visit the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, on April 15 to hear how to “explore, learn and protect” the park on April 15, and become an official Junior Ranger.

    Visit https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm for a preview of the planned activities.

    All participants will receive Junior Ranger badges or patches and a certificate upon completion of the program.

  • DOE bus tours underway for ’17 season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tours are underway through Nov. 27.

    The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The reservation-wide tour is a popular destination for tourists visiting the area.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted more than 40,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Park marking Girl Scout Week

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is partnering with the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge and the Girl Scouts of USA to celebrate National Girl Scout Week on March 11.

    Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Museum, individual Girl Scouts and/or troops are welcome to participate in hands-on activities until 3:30 p.m.

    Admission to CMOR will be free on that day for any Girl Scout in uniform and their families.

  • DOE public bus tours now through November

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour is now offered to visitors through November.

    This popular tour of the 33,000-acre DOE Oak Ridge Federal Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation in more than 70 years.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted about 35,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Iconic K-25 water tower demolished

    One of the K-25 Site’s most iconic structures — the checkerboard water tower that has dominated the site’s skyline for 55 years — has been demolished.

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC — known as UCOR — and its subcontracting partners brought down the 382-foot-tall tower earlier this month through a controlled explosive demolition that sent the structure toppling into an empty field near what is now the East Tennessee Technology Park.

  • ORNL $$ to enhance learning for Boy Scouts

    A $150,000 gift from UT-Batelle to the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council will enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at Camp Buck Toms near Rockwood.

    UT-Batelle is the contractor that runs Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

    “One of the things we’ve tried to do over the years is focus our community engagement around education, particularly science education and STEM,” ORNL laboratory director Thom Mason said.