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Two PNNL researchers receive honors

April 01, 2004 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been elected Fellows of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Gary L. Smith and Denis Strachan were elected by the ACerS board of directors to receive the honor, one of the society's most distinguished. They join eight other PNNL staff members who have been recognized as ACerS Fellows.

Smith, a staff scientist, has served on more than 25 committees and technical sessions for the society, most recently as chair of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division. He has published more than 50 refereed journal articles, technical reports and conference papers, and has co-edited three ACerS publication volumes. Smith joined PNNL in 1993, and is currently on special assignment to the multi-billion dollar Waste Treatment Plant Project at the Hanford Site near Richland. He has been a member of ACerS since 1985. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona.

Strachan, a laboratory fellow at PNNL, has been a technical chairman for four international conferences related to testing of ceramic and glass waste forms for the disposal of nuclear waste, and is a twice-invited guest scientist at the Hahn-Meitner Institute of Berlin. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 journal articles and technical reports, and holds a patent for a method for immobilizing radioactive iodine. Strachan has been with PNNL for 22 years, and has been a member of ACerS since 1975. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Gonzaga University in Spokane, and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.

Both Smith and Strachan will be recognized Apr. 20 at the Honors and Awards Banquet at the ACerS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tags: Fundamental Science, Chemistry

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