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Two PNNL researchers elected AAAS Fellows

October 30, 2003 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The full 2004 Class of Fellows was announced in the Oct. 31 issue of Science magazine.

Tom Ackerman and Paul Ellis, both of PNNL's Fundamental Science Directorate, were elected as members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." AAAS began recognizing its distinguished members with the distinctive honor of Fellow in 1874.

Ackerman, a Battelle Fellow and chief scientist for DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program, is being recognized for pioneering studies of radiative properties of aerosols, for developing millimeter-wave radar for measuring cloud properties and for technical leadership of the nation's principal atmospheric radiation research program.

Ackerman joined PNNL in 1999 after serving as a professor of meteorology at Penn State University and a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. While at PNNL he has shaped DOE's ARM program, specifically in advancing the use of remote sensing tools for measuring cloud properties and in applying those measurements to improve understanding of the role of clouds in climate.

He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Calvin College in Michigan, a master's degree in physics and a doctorate in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.

Ellis, a Laboratory Fellow, is being honored for contributions to the field of multinuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and its applications to bioinorganic chemistry, short-range structure and bonding and chemical catalysis. Following a 23-year career as a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of South Carolina, he joined PNNL in 1993 to lead the development and commissioning of the magnetic resonance instrumentation laboratories at the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL). The EMSL's magnetic resonance laboratory is recognized as being world-class in its capability and in the expertise of its staff.

Ellis earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California at Davis. Afterward he accepted a faculty appointment at the University of South Carolina.

Both Ackerman and Ellis will be recognized in February at the AAAS Fellows Forum to be held at the AAAS National Meeting in Seattle, Wash. Ackerman and Ellis join three other PNNL researchers as AAAS Fellows, including Senior Battelle Fellow Jean Futrell, Battelle Fellow David Dixon and Laboratory Fellow Norman Rosenberg.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS has worked to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and publications in the areas of science policy, science education and international scientific cooperation. Science magazine is the chief publication of the AAAS, reviewing and publishing many of the top research papers in the biological and physical sciences. Science was established by Thomas Edison in 1880, and has the highest paid circulation of any scientific journal in the world.

Tags: Fundamental Science, Aerosols, Meteorology, Chemistry, Catalysis

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