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ORNL's big turnaround: UT will fight to keep lab management contract

Knoxville News Sentinel: If newly confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visits Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Monday, as expected, he’ll see a really different campus from his previous tenure at the Department of Energy, 1997-2001, when he served as undersecretary in the Clinton administration.

The turnaround at ORNL is ongoing, and it’s more than just a modernization effort, although the fruits of $1.8 billion invested in new facilities since the turn of the century are very much on display. There are new buildings everywhere, and many of them house new or expanded research programs.


New book details UT-Battelle management of lab

Associated Press: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A hardcover book chronicling the history of UT-Battelle's management of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is on the market.

"Breaking the Mold" details the initial decade of the partnership between the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute. Battelle is a global research and development organization dedicated to science and technology.


New Book Chronicles UT-Battelle’s First Decade of Management at ORNL

Tennessee Today: UT made a bold move in 1999 when it went public with plans to compete for the management contract of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute, a global research and development organization committed to science and technology, the university presented the department with a groundbreaking proposal and assumed responsibility for the lab in April 2000. A new book, “Breaking the Mold,” is the story of the UT-ORNL partnership’s transformational past 13 years and a glimpse of what’s to come.


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Breaking the Mold, published by UTPress
Available in print and electronic formats.

David Milhorn, Stacey Patterson, and Billy Stair, eds.

  • ISBN: 978-0-578-11795-9
  • Print Edition: 95 pages, $29.95 US
  • eBook Edition: PDF, free download
  • 58 color illustrations

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