â€œNuclear medicine, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons. All of that goes back to Oak Ridge,â€ explains Denise Kiernan, bestselling author of “The Girls of Atomic City.” Oak Ridge, Tennessee has been a center for nuclear research since General Leslie Groves selected it as the Manhattan Projectâ€™s uranium enrichment site in 1942. Today, Oak Ridge is the home of many leading scientific and engineering research facilities, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Atomic Heritage Foundation has launched a new online interpretive program, â€œOak Ridge Innovations,â€ to explore Oak Ridgeâ€™s legacies for science and society today. Available on AHFâ€™s â€œRanger in Your Pocketâ€ website, â€œOak Ridge Innovationsâ€ includes more than 30 video vignettes describing ORNLâ€™s history and current research in fields such as energy, particle physics, computer science, and medicine, a press release said. The program was developed in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers East Tennessee Section and funded by the IEEE Foundation. Featuring perspectives from current ORNL scientists and Manhattan Project veterans, the program illuminates Oak Ridgeâ€™s history and how the laboratory responds to some of todayâ€™s biggest challenges, the press release said.[Read more…]