As I finished up a recent Chinese dinner of chicken with black bean sauce, I cracked open my fortune cookie and glanced at the message inside.
“All things have an end,” it said, fittingly enough as I get ready for retirement at the end of the month.
For the past 35 years, maybe a little more, I’ve covered the Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge operations. It’s a news beat I created at the News Sentinel after serving as state editor and realizing the wealth of news potential at the government facilities.
It’s been a pleasantly bumpy ride these many years, with a lot of highlights and some unusual happenings. I’m kind of proud of some of the things accomplished. Continue reading →
Department of Energy spokeswoman Claire Sinclair said the $1.4 billion contract to manage DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education “is operating as intended with its new scope.” This is despite a protest that was filed by the losing bidder, the Desert Research Institute, with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
The losing bidder on the $1.4 billion contract to manage the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has filed a protest with a federal court. DOE last month awarded the contract to Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the incumbent.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities has received a new $1.4 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and continue the work that the educational consortium has done since the 1940s.
DOE’s announcement said the initial contract term is through Sept. 30, 2020, with the potential for another five years.
As posted over the weekend, Cedar Springs Homeschool of Knoxville won the 2016 Tennessee Science Bowl. Shown here is the winning team, from left, Lily Turaski, Josiah Boyle, Tara Conway, Tyler Fulghum, Wesleigh Wright and Coach Dee Dee Turaski . (Department of Energy photo/Lynn Freeny)
Cedar Springs Homeschool won the 2016 Tennessee Science Bowl over the weekend and will represent the state at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 2. In addition to the expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital, the team also won a trophy and $1,000.
A team from Lausanne Collegiate School, which won the event in 2015, finished second. A team from Oak Ridge High School was third, followed by Brentwood High School. Continue reading →
The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REACTS) in Oak Ridge has once again been designed as a collaborating center for rad assistance by the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization. REACTS was first designated in 1980, according to information provided by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the managing contractor.
Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is urging folks to volunteer their services for the Tennessee Science Bowl, Feb. 26-27. Check out the bowl website if you’re interested. That’s last year’s winners from Lausanne Collegiate School in the pic. . . .
The Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General reported that it had completed an audit on DOE’s Consolidated Balance Sheet for FY 2015, but the report itself hasn’t been released. “The report is Official Use Only and not available for viewing,” the IG stated. Continue reading →
As part of a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Army Research Laboratory, Oak Ridge Associated Universities will manage the lab’s research fellowship program. According to a news release, ORAU has managed the postdoctoral portion of the program for the past 10 years. Continue reading →
Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ contract for managing DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, has been extended through the end of June to allow for continued evaluation of proposals submitted for the federal contract.
Rebecca Crowe and Allen Wash of Oak Ridge Associated Universities employees received the Advancing Professionals Awards from the National Contract Management Association at the group’s annual symposium this week in Washington, D.C. For more information, check out ORAU’s website.