May 29, 2008
Vol. 27 No. 17

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    University to honor Argonne scientists, other employees with awards

    By Lisa La Vallee

    UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory will honor 10 scientists and employees and one employee’s child at its 2008 Awards Program on Tuesday, June 24, continuing a 33-year University tradition.

    Awards for Argonne employees will include Distinguished Performance Awards, which recognize outstanding scientific or technical achievements, or a distinguished record of achievement of select Argonne employees; Outstanding Service Awards, the highest honor given to Argonne employees in support positions; and the Pinnacle of Education Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual’s leadership in science through the Division of Educational Programs.

    Distinguished Performance Awards will be awarded to Khalil Amine, Senior Materials Scientist, Group Leader, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division; Orlando Auciello, Senior Physicist, Materials Science Division; James Cahalan, Senior Nuclear Engineer and Department Manager, Nuclear Engineering Division; and Stephen Gray, Senior Chemist, Theoretical Chemistry, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division.

    Outstanding Service Awards will be awarded to Maria Heinig, Administrative Specialist, Intense Pulsed Neutron Source Division; Joseph Midlock, Computer Scientist, APS Engineering Support Division; John Pearson, Engineer, Materials Science Division; and Susan Barr Strasser, Manager, User Programs, X-Ray Science Division.

    Each recipient will receive an award and a $3,500 check.

    Gian Felcher, Senior Physicist Emeritus, Materials Science Division, and Dennis Mills, Deputy Director, Scientific User Facilities, will share this year’s Pinnacle of Education Award, with each receiving an award and a $1,750 check.

    In addition, the University will award an undergraduate scholarship to Yi Ren, a graduate of Naperville Central High School and son of Yang Ren, Physicist in the X-Ray Science Division. The scholarship will cover Ren’s first-year undergraduate tuition and will be renewed the following three years, as long as he remains a full-time student in good academic standing.

    The UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors 2008 Awards Program will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 in Argonne’s Building 402 Auditorium. A reception will follow in the-lower level gallery.

    University, Argonne and U.S. Department of Energy employees are welcome to attend. Shuttle bus service will be provided lab-wide.