September 8, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

Waste Management Symposia Picks PNNL “Superior Papers”

International event for radioactive waste management honors research

Vicky Freedman, a computational subsurface hydrologist, stands at a podium next to a big screen showing the title slide of her presentation

Vicky Freedman’s paper and oral presentation, “Technology Assessment for Radioiodine at the Hanford Site,” were ranked Superior at the Waste Management Symposium in March 2020. Freedman is a project manager and computational subsurface hydrologist at PNNL.

Photo by David Peeler | PNNL

Five papers co-written by 23 researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) were named Superior Paper Award Winners by the Waste Management Symposia. And one of those presentations was in the Top 10 for Best of Conference.

Only 52 papers out of more than 400 submitted were honored by the annual conference. The Waste Management Symposia is widely regarded as the premier international event for the management of radioactive waste and related topics, with a focus on reducing long-term environmental liability through efficient and effective cleanup. One of PNNL’s research missions is to provide scientifically defensible solutions to the complex cleanup challenges at the Hanford Site in Washington State.

The Superior Paper Awards went to:

Held in March 2020, the Waste Management Symposia was one of the last big in-person conferences before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and events were canceled or moved online.

PNNL's "Superior Papers" from the 2020 Waste Management Symposia