Category Archives: AMSE

Oak Ridge tour season expanded to 9 months

graphitereactor.jpgThe Graphite Reactor, the world’s first continuously operated nuclear reactor, is one of the stops on the Department of Energy’s bus tour in Oak Ridge.

The U.S. Department of Energy has expanded its tour season from three to nine months, with bus tours to continue this year through November. In the future, the tour season will be March through November, a DOE spokeswoman said.

Bus tours currently are available three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and will continue on that schedule through May. For June-August, the bus tours will be available daily, Monday through Friday, with plans to continue three days a week in September and October, and twice a week for November. Continue reading

K-25 history

The Friends of ORNL and Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association will hold a joint public forum on historic preservation efforts at K-25 on March 12 at the American Museum of Science and Energy. The meeting is free and open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and the program at 6.

Middle School Science Bowl

The East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl will be held Saturday (Feb. 7) at the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College. Student teams from 12 area middle schools are expected to compete in the math and science event. Participating teams will come from Blount Home Education Association, Cedar Bluff Middle School, Cedar Springs Homeschool, Concord Christian School, Farragut Middle School, Jefferson Middle School, Norris Middle School, Oliver Springs Middle School, Powell Middle School, St. Mary’s School, Trinity Christian Academy, and Webb School of Knoxville.

Veterans Day program at Oak Ridge

longThe Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office will hold a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 6) at the American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave. The hour-long program is open to Oak Ridge employees and the public.

There will be performances by the Oak Ridge Celebration Choir and Lloyd Jones, and a recognition of veterans. The event will conclude with the sounding of “Taps” by USMC Retired Master Sergeant Maurice Park. The program will feature keynote speaker Lindsay M. Long, a Marine Corps veteran, pictured left.

Chances are

Talking the other day with Alexandra Levy, program manager with Atomic Heritage Foundation, she said she was “cautiously optimistic” about passage of legislation that would create the multi-site (Los Alamos, Hanford and Oak Ridge)  Manhattan Project National Historical Park. She said that mirrors the feedback from congressional staffers with insight. Continue reading

Dutch Van Kirk, navigator of Enola Gay, dies at 93; visited Y-12 and Oak Ridge in 2000


Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay and the last surviving member of the mission that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, is shown here at the American Museum of Science and Energy during a June 9, 2000 visit to Oak Ridge. (Department of Energy photo/Lynn Freeny)

Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew that delivered the atomic bomb and dropped it on Hiroshima, Japan, died earlier this week in Stone Mountain, Ga., at age 93. His death has brought forth numerous reports on his life and, of course, the unending debate about the use of the bomb to help end World War II.

Here is the Associated Press report by Kate Brumback, as it appeared in the Air Force Times. Here’s an obituary story by Steve Chawkins in the Los Angeles Times. And Richard Goldstein did a story in The New York Times.

Van Kirk was open and accessible during his 2000 visit to Oak Ridge, where he toured Y-12 and participate in anniversary events at the American Museum of Science and Energy.

Here is a story I wrote on his visit: Continue reading

Community meeting on future of AMSE

The city of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation are co-sponsoring a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the operations of the museum and its future. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

According to information provided by the city, registration and light refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading