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NNSA’s Cutting Edge Science and Research on Display at Annual AAAS Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the world’s largest general scientific society convening in Washington, D.C. today, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) applauded four scientists from its national laboratories for being recognized as newly elected fellows at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Each year, AAAS brings together the best and brightest scientists, researchers and engineers from a variety of disciplines. This year, the meeting begins during the same week that President Obama proposed a 3.1 percent increase in NNSA’s investment in science, technology and engineering for fiscal year 2012.

“NNSA is committed to investing in the future, which includes pushing the frontiers of science and discovery across our enterprise,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “The work presented at the annual meeting reflects NNSA’s commitment to leveraging the best science and research in the world in order to keep our country safe, protect our allies, and implement the President’s global nuclear security agenda.”

The theme of this year’s AAAS annual meeting is “Science without Borders.” The meeting integrates the practice of science, both in research and teaching that utilizes multidisciplinary approaches.

Three individuals and one retiree from NNSA’s national laboratories were chosen by their peers to be honored for scientific or social efforts to advance science or its applications. They will be honored Saturday, Feb. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum. They include:

Kennedy Reed, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is being recognized for important studies in atomic theory, and for many successful efforts to increase minority participation in the physical sciences in the United States and Africa.

John A. Becker, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retiree, is being recognized for his work in physics.

William S. Rees, Jr., principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos National Laboratories, is being recognized for scientific and educational contributions to the field of materials chemistry, and for sustained policy contributions leading to enhancements in national security basic research.

Duane Dimos, director of the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories, is being recognized for his contributions to the materials science and engineering community.

In addition to the newly elected fellows, several scientists from across NNSA’s sites are presenting various topics. For example, Benn Tannenbaum from Sandia is organizing a discussion on Helium-3 in radiation detection equipment that features Joe Glaser from the NNSA’s Office for Counterterrorism. In addition, the following are topics presented or leading talks by NNSA’s national laboratories:

Topics by Livermore National Laboratory include:

Topics by Los Alamos National Laboratories include:

  • Energy Critical Elements

Topics by Sandia National Laboratories include:

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.