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Kristin Manke

Physical Sciences
Communications Professional
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K7-53
Richland, WA 99352


Kristin Manke serves as the communications specialist for the Physical Sciences Division in Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a detailee with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. She provides strategic counsel, messaging support and high-quality, customer-focused products. She regularly writes and edits products. She leads the communications teams for the Institute for Integrated Catalysis and the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis. She also serves as the editor for Frontiers in Energy Research, a national newsletter focused on the Energy Frontier Research Centers.

In the past, she has served as the communications lead on PNNL's Transformational Materials Science Initiative and the Chemical Imaging Initiative. She also led the communications effort for the Chemical Transformations Laboratory Objective.

In her ~25 years at PNNL, she has worked extensively in the environmental science and nuclear waste cleanup arena. She has served as the Associate Communications Manager in the Environmental Technology Directorate, edited three books on radioactive waste, and co-authored journal articles on the topic. In addition, she has indexed more than a dozen books on scientific and management topics.

Education and Credentials

  • Bachelors of Science, Biochemistry, Washington State University
  • Minor, English, Washington State University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • National Association of Science Writers (2016-present)
  • DC Science Writers Association (2015-present)
  • American Society of Indexers, Newsletter Editor (1999-2000), Programming Chair (2001), and President (2002) of Pacific Northwest Chapter

Awards and Recognitions

  • MarCom Award, 2009: "Advancing Frontiers in Science"
  • Hermes Gold Award, 2007
  • APEX Grand Award, 2005: "Risk Communication"
  • Communicator Crystal Award, 2005: "Risk Communication"
  • Communicator Crystal Award, 2004: "Hanford: A Conversation"
  • Battelle Key Contributor Award, 1999: "Hanford Tank Clean Up: A Guide to Understand the Technical Issues"
  • STC International Award of Distinguished Technical Communication, 1997: "Hanford Tank Clean Up: A Guide to Understand the Technical Issues"
  • STC Puget Sound Chapter Award, 1996: "Tank Vapor Database Users Guide"

PNNL Publications



  • Wiley JG, and KL Manke. 2012. "Biofuels from Bacteria Is PNNL Biochemist’s Goal (DOE Pulse Profile)." DOE Pulse 353(January 2, 2012):,
  • Thevuthasan S, JE Evans, LJ Terminello, DW Koppenaal, KL Manke, and C Plata. 2012. Compact X-ray Light Source Workshop ReportPNNL-22145, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Pierce EM, WJ Shaw, C Plata, and KL Manke. 2011. "Breaking Good." Radwaste Solutions 18(1):42-46. 




  • Walton TL, WL Johnson, M Connolly, PC Mcginnis, and KL Manke. 2008. "National Laboratories Role in Nuclear Cleanup." Nuclear Future 4(1):44-50. 


  • Manke KL. 2007. "Digging Into Dirt: Subsurface Science at PNNL." Breakthroughs. Science, Technology, Innovation. Winter 2007:11. 
  • Manke KL. 2007. "Cleaning Up Our Drinking Water." Innovation: America's Journal of Technology Commercialization 5(4):28-29. 
  • Manke KL. 2007. "PNNL researcher explores behavior of complex molecules ." DOE Pulse (248):,



Selected Publications



  • Lundgren, RE and KL Manke. 1999. "Coming To Closure: Bridging the Gap Between Stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts to Speed Decontamination and Decommissioning," Technology, Volume 6, pp. 453-473.


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