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Presidential appointee joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sue Clark to leverage lab’s nuclear science capabilities

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December 15, 2014 Share This!

  • Sue Clark, an internationally known environmental radiochemist currently at Washington State University, will join PNNL in January as a Battelle Fellow. Clark will provide technical leadership across PNNL’s diverse nuclear science and technology programs.
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RICHLAND, Wash. – Internationally renowned environmental radiochemist Sue Clark will join the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she will provide technical leadership for PNNL's diverse nuclear science and technology programs — including a new initiative in Nuclear Process Science.

Clark is currently a Regents Professor in the Chemistry Department at Washington State University in Pullman, and a scientist at WSU's Nuclear Radiation Center. She begins a joint appointment with PNNL on January 1, 2015. Once fully transitioned to PNNL in June, she will maintain a joint appointment with WSU allowing her to continue preparing the next generation of nuclear scientists.

"Clark's background complements PNNL's internationally recognized core capabilities in nuclear science, which underpin the lab's research in energy, the environment and national security," said Jud Virden, associate laboratory director for Energy and Environment. "Her unique expertise in nuclear materials and analytics strategically aligns with several challenging programs facing the Department of Energy."

Clark was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, serving from 2011 through October 2014. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2010 and currently serves on its board of directors.

Clark will join PNNL as a Battelle Fellow — the Lab's highest recognition for scientific and technological achievement — a rank shared by only nine other PNNL scientists who have distinguished themselves as internationally recognized leaders in their fields.

Clark will lead PNNL's new Nuclear Process Science Initiative, which will focus on creating a fundamental scientific understanding of the key processes that underlie waste processing and the nuclear forensics challenges that are central to DOE's environmental management and non-proliferation missions.

The initiative will leverage distinctive capabilities associated with its Radiochemical Processing Laboratory — one of only two DOE Office of Science Hazard Category 2 Non-Reactor Nuclear Facilities capable of multi-disciplinary research and development. Clark will also focus on combining RPL capabilities with other PNNL radiological facilities and with the radiochemistry annex in EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory — a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Tags: Environment, Fundamental Science, National Security, EMSL, Awards and Honors, Environmental Remediation, Chemistry, Nuclear Nonproliferation

EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, is a DOE Office of Science User Facility. Located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., EMSL offers an open, collaborative environment for scientific discovery to researchers around the world. Its integrated computational and experimental resources enable researchers to realize important scientific insights and create new technologies. Follow EMSL on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,400 staff and has an annual budget of nearly $1 billion. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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