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Tri-Cities researchers work to detect secret nuclear explosions

Tri-Cities researchers work to detect secret nuclear explosions
Published in the Tri-City Herald, October 2020, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

Many young researchers find problems they thought might take only a few months to solve become career-long quests for knowledge. Read more...

PNNL scientists working to harness wind for clean energy

PNNL scientists working to harness wind for clean energy
Published in the Tri-City Herald, September 2020, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

Anyone who lives in the Tri-Cities knows about wind — or at least, we think we do. Read more...

With this year's COVID-19 restrictions, teleworking has created opportunities for scientists, interns, and students alike to continue researching while uncovering new relationships along the way.

PNNL's virtual summer interns make real scientific contributions despite pandemic
Published in the Tri-City Herald, August 2020, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

With this year's COVID-19 restrictions, teleworking has created opportunities for scientists, interns, and students alike to continue researching while uncovering new relationships along the way. Read more...

PNNL scientists target dangerous

PNNL scientists target dangerous "forever chemicals" contaminating hundreds of U.S. sites
Published in the Tri-City Herald, July 2020, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

Manmade chemicals used in non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, firefighting foam and stain-resistant carpet may be great at repelling water and oils, but these hazardous "forever chemicals" do not break down easily, creating a vexing environmental challenge. Read more...

PNNL research sees the forest for the trees to fight drought, fires, climate change

PNNL research sees the forest for the trees to fight drought, fires, climate change
Published in the Tri-City Herald, June 2020, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

As the weather warms and recreational areas reopen after months-long COVID-19 closures, many of us are anxious to take to the great outdoors. Read more...

Lab Director's Columns and Opinion Pieces Archive



PNNL Director Steven Ashby's Presentations

Title: Video of Steve Ashby from the National Laboratory Directors' Council 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Workshop.


Event: Naturalization Ceremony, U.S. District Courthouse, 2016, November 15, Richland, WA

Title: Steve Ashby's remarks at Nov. 15, 2016 Naturalization Ceremony

Summary: As an invited speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Richland, Wash., PNNL Lab Director Steve Ashby welcomed 18 new American citizens, telling them, "As Americans we have much to be thankful for. Among the things for which I am grateful is living in a nation that embraces diversity, that welcomes and respects cultures from around the world and that still serves as a beacon of freedom and opportunity."

Remarks from November 15, 2016 naturalization ceremony.

Steven Ashby

PNNL Director Steven Ashby's Presentation Archive


Happenings

Energy Secretary Perry visits PNNL

Energy Secretary Perry visits PNNL

Greeted by Laboratory Director Steven Ashby (left), Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited PNNL to learn about how researchers are addressing national and international challenges in energy, the environment and national security through advancements in science.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry was at PNNL on Aug. 15, 2017, touring one-of-a-kind facilities and learning about how PNNL's research and development are contributing to DOE missions and national priorities. During Secretary Perry's visit, he heard from PNNL experts about grid modernization, technologies to detect nuclear explosions, energy storage advancements, cybersecurity and more. He also toured EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, which is a DOE Office of Science user facility. Click here for more about Secretary Perry's visit, including photos and a video of his address to PNNL staff.

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