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Y-12 recognized for work with STEM group

Y‑12 has been recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for its outstanding work in support of science, technology, engineering, and math education. The FLC Southeast Region selected Y‑12 for the 2014 Outstanding Accomplishment in STEM Education Support award for its partnership with the Young Innovators’ Society STEM league.

Y‑12 assembled a project team of scientists and experts from Y‑12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Conservation Fisheries to work with middle school students from northern Ohio, who call themselves The Awesome Eyeballs, on their untested but innovative technology to reduce mercury levels in fish.

If successful, the students’ method of reducing mercury levels in fish would directly benefit Y‑12’s efforts to improve the environmental quality of the East Fork Poplar Creek, where mercury contamination in sediments from historical manufacturing processes is an ongoing issue.


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