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Professor Peter Derrick (right), editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry, presents a special issue of the publication to PNNL's Jean Futrell.

PNNL's Jean Futrell honored

Jean Futrell, Senior Battelle Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was recently recognized at the European Workshop on Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR) Mass Spectrometry for his lifetime achievement in the field of mass spectrometry. At the event, Futrell was presented with a special issue of the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry, published in his honor.

Enabling identification of molecular species by their unique mass-to-charge ratio, mass spectrometry is widely used in identifying trace elements and characterizing molecular structures, and is increasingly used in biological and biochemical analyses. Futrell is recognized for his work in furthering the development and fundamental aspects of mass spectrometry throughout his career, including invention of the first tandem double-focusing mass spectrometer, a technology particularly valued for its use in identifying organic compounds.

Safe harbors in stormy waters

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's expertise in border control training is being tapped to support the Megaports Initiative, a government program aimed at preventing terrorism.

Megaports refer to the world's largest and busiest seaports. Nearly 90 percent of the world's trade is shipped in cargo containers. The Megaports program works with countries to provide radiation detection equipment, training and support to certain ports.

These efforts further enhance the host nation's capability to screen cargo for nuclear and other radioactive materials that could be used by terrorists in weapons of mass destruction or radiological dispersal devices. PNNL provides needs assessment, training materials development, technical support, training coordination and specialized advanced detection equipment training.

To date, PNNL has provided Megaports training to the Netherlands and Greece. Training includes both in-country activities and a one-week course conducted at the Department of Energy's Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response facility in Richland, Wash. Future Megaports training will include countries throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America.

The Megaports Initiative is a cooperative effort between DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration's Second Line of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.

Reading, writing and nanoscience?

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has opened its doors to scholars of nanoscience by hosting the new "Intensive Courses in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology." Billed as one of science's hottest and most rapidly evolving fields, nanoscience involves the study of materials and their properties at the molecular level.

The courses are co-taught by scientists and university researchers with an emphasis on hands-on experiences using advanced scientific and technological tools at PNNL. The course is an outcome of the Joint Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. PNNL and the University of Washington formed the Institute in 2001 to enhance nanoscience efforts in the region. More than 25 universities from all over the country have signed on to participate in program courses offered by PNNL, UW and Washington State University. UW received $370,000 from the National Science Foundation to launch the courses. For more information, see the UW's Center for Nanotechnology website at http://www.nano.washingt

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