Honors and Awards

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ORNL's Varela receives Microscopy Society's Burton Medal
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2014 – Maria Varela, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the Microscopy Society of America's Burton Medal for early career scientists.

Hispanic engineers group recognizes ORNL's Idrobo
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 12, 2014 – Juan Carlos Idrobo, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corporation with the 2014 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for groundbreaking research in scanning transmission electron microscopy of 2D materials.

Emmett receives top national award from Women in Nuclear
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2014 – Oak Ridge National Laboratory retired researcher Peggy Emmett is the recipient of the 2014 U.S. Women in Nuclear Leadership Award, the organization’s highest honor. The award caps a 51-year distinguished career for Emmett, who was recently recognized at a ceremony in Boston.

ASM International elects ORNL researchers Paranthaman, Pint fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2014 – The professional society ASM International has elected two researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the rank of fellow, as well as a former ORNL researcher.

ORNL wins eight R&D 100s
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 11, 2014—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s top technological innovations.


Westinghouse–CASL team wins major computing award for reactor core simulations on Titan
A team representing Westinghouse Electric Company and the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), a Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation Hub led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received an International Data Corporation HPC Innovation Excellence Award for applied simulation on Titan, the nation’s most powerful supercomputer, which is managed by the

Urban Design Leader Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor's Chair
KNOXVILLE— Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning and leader of the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been named the 16th University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is one of the world's leading urban planning, architecture and engineering firms.

Society of Automotive Engineers honors Storey, Wagner, Sluder
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 30, 2014 -- Three researchers from the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory received major awards at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress.

ORNL’s John Wagner receives E.O. Lawrence Award
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 16, 2014—Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher John Wagner has been named a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences.


Six area firms receive ORNL small business awards
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 14, 2014 -- Six East Tennessee firms doing business with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory received 2014 ORNL Small Business Impact Awards from the laboratory Friday morning at a meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC).

Bioenergy expert Ragauskas named UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2014 — Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named a University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair.

ORNL's Jack Fellows receives NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2014 -- The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jack D. Fellows for his part in co-founding the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).

Christen leads ORNL's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
OAK RIDGE, Jan. 9, 2014 -- Hans M. Christen of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named director of ORNL's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, one of the five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers.

ORNL researchers, UT-ORNL Governor's Chair elected APS fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2014 – Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor's Chair professor have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).

ORNL's Robert Wagner receives SAE's International Leadership Citation
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 17, 2013 – Robert Wagner of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been chosen to receive the 2014 International Leadership Citation from the Society of Automotive Engineers.

ORNL's Bruce Pint elected 2014 NACE fellow
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 13, 2013 – Bruce Pint, a research staff member at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a 2014 National Association of Corrosion Engineers fellow.


ORNL's Facilities & Operations Directorate receives TCPE commitment award
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2013 – The Facilities and Operations Directorate of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named a recipient of a Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Commitment Award.

Van Berkel receives top Science and Technology honor at UT-Battelle’s 2013 Awards Night
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2013 – Gary J. Van Berkel of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division has earned the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.


ORNL wins 14 MarCom Awards
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2013 – The Association of Marketing and Communication announced this week that Oak Ridge National Laboratory won eight platinum and six gold awards in its annual international competition.

ORNL's Jeskie active on chemical safety panels
OAK RIDGE, Oct. 3, 2013 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Kim Jeskie led the 12-member committee that developed new chemical safety guidelines described in the report, "Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories," released by the American Chemical Society (ACS) at its 246th National Meeting & Exposition held in September.

UT-Battelle, ATLC project cited by Tennessee Labor Management Foundation
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 16, 2013 — Team UT-Battelle’s all-volunteer project to build homes for Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC) has earned the 2013 Horizon Award from the Tennessee Labor Management Foundation.

Buchanan elected fellow of American Chemical Society
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2013 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher A. C. Buchanan III has been elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Two ORNL researchers, two joint faculty receive DOE early career awards
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 10, 2013 — Materials science and physics research led by early career Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists received a boost this week from the Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program.

Hardin Valley Academy's Meredith Graves wins UT-Battelle Scholarship
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Apr. 29, 2013 — Meredith Graves, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, is the recipient of the 2013 UT-Battelle Scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

Zhang, Specht elected fellows of American Physical Society
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Apr. 15, 2013 — Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society (APS). Xiaoguang Zhang and Eliot Specht were named APS fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to physics.


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