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November 02, 2007 Share This!

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has honored seven of its finest researchers for achievements in science and engineering, including two veteran researchers who have been world leaders in visual analytics and radiochemistry.

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RICHLAND, Wash. — Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has honored seven of its finest researchers for achievements in science and engineering, including two veteran researchers who have been world leaders in visual analytics and radiochemistry.

“These awards underscore the fact that great science and technology can happen at any point in a researcher’s career,” said Interim Laboratory Director Mike Kluse, noting that the recipients “and many others like them, keep PNNL a world-leading national laboratory.”

The honorees are:

  • Wassana Yantasee and Wei Jun Qian: Brodzinski Early Career Achievement Award. Ron Brodzinski was a PNNL Laboratory Fellow who died in 2006 and who was known for his contributions to nuclear chemistry and physics and for his mentoring of young researchers. Yantasee was recognized for her work in water treatment and the development of sensors for detecting toxic heavy metals, including next-generation personal exposure biomonitors. Qian earned recognition for his contributions to the understanding of how cells communicate and to developing techniques for discovering protein biomarkers, or indicators, of human diseases.
  • Steven Miller: Laboratory Director’s Award for Engineering Achievement, for the development of dosimetry and imaging products based on optically stimulated luminescence.
  • Jarek Nieplocha: Laboratory Director’s Award for Scientific Achievement, for the development of advanced programming for scientific simulations on high-performance computers.
  • Morris Bullock: Laboratory Fellow, PNNL’s highest scientific designation, for research into the behavior of hydrogen with metal complexes that may lead to replacement of precious metals in catalytic processes for energy production and energy utilization.
  • Jim Thomas and Ned Wogman: Laboratory Director’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology.


Thomas was honored as a visionary who dedicated more than 30 years at PNNL to establishing the field of visual analytics, a computational science discipline that has evolved from simple line plots to high-dimensional scientific visualization and is now moving to include videos, text libraries and documents, sounds and worldwide information resources.

Thomas is a Laboratory Fellow who has been recognized internationally for scientific achievement and technology transfer. He directs the Department of Homeland Security’s National Visualization and Analytics Center, a national and international resource headquartered at PNNL that provides strategic leadership and coordination for visual analytics technology and tools to identify and prevent attacks on the United States. Thomas also is a science advisor to many government agencies, and academic and industrial institutions.

Wogman was recognized for his impact on the field of nuclear and radiochemistry, as well as for his leadership in the development of analytical techniques for radionuclide detection and analysis. Since joining PNNL in 1965, Wogman has analyzed lunar rocks from the Apollo missions, applied environmental measurement techniques for international organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and helped solve national security problems that impact U.S. policy.

After Sept. 11, 2001, Wogman was called upon to pull together the science and technology resources within PNNL and identify ways in which the laboratory could support the country’s new homeland security mission and organization. He served as director of homeland security programs for six years and now is director of science and technology programs for PNNL’s National Security Directorate.

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Computational Science, National Security, Energy Production, Chemistry

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