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NNSA Physicist Recognized as one of the Top 100 “History Makers in the Making”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the nation begins commemorating Black History Month, Dr. Njema Frazier, a physicist in National Nuclear Security Administration’s Defense Programs, has been recognized as one of “TheGrio’s 100: History Makers In The Making.” Released by, a division of NBC News, the list includes 100 African-American men and women who are writing the next chapter of American history. 

“I am incredibly proud of Dr. Frazier, both for being named to this highly prestigious list of history makers in the making, and for being a shining example of the outstanding scientists, researchers and engineers working day and night to keep the American people safe,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “This recognition demonstrates her commitment and dedication to community outreach, including her leadership of community-based science events for K-12 students.”

Dr. Frazier was recognized for her work that “modernizing the way the United States will defend itself in the 21st century” and for helping to develop future scientists. For TheGrio’s profile of her, click here.

For a video of Dr. Frazier discussing careers in the nuclear security, click here.

Nominated by a team of experts, affiliates, and contributors from across the country, and members of and NBC News editorial teams, TheGrio’s 100 shines a spotlight on the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders from 10 fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture and the arts. 

Frazier has been with NNSA for nine years and is currently a senior scientist in the Defense Science Division. Frazier oversees and coordinates the weapons-related science activities at Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories which address national security needs, science-based stockpile certification, and confidence-building measures essential to a credible national nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing.

Prior to joining the NNSA, Frazier spent four years as a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science where she assisted and advised committee members on various policy, budget, and technical matters within the jurisdiction of the committee. Frazier received her Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Michigan State University, after obtainting a bachelor of science in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the PBS Profile Series on the National Society of Black Engineers.

Other notable TheGrio’s 100 honorees include First Lady Michelle Obama for her “Let’s Move” campaign, singer and education advocate Jill Scott, actress Viola Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and NBA star Kevin Durant, among others.
TheGrio’s 100 will be profiled on all platforms of NBC News including “NBC Nightly News,” “TODAY,” MSNBC, CNBC, and starting Feb. 1, and will continue at and on MSNBC throughout the month. Local NBC affiliates in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Diego, Washington, Memphis, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Charlotte and elsewhere will also profile honorees from their respective markets.

Beyond NBC News’ broadcast and digital outlets, several social media platforms are also engaged with TheGrio’s 100 initiative. TheGrio is working with foursquare, the location-based mobile application, to generate branded content and create a Black History "badge" that users can unlock by following TheGrio on foursquare and checking in at 100+ locations across the country that have been identified as historically relevant to Black History Month. For more information, visit: Fans can also check out more about "TheGrio's 100" on TheGrio's facebook page and on Twitter @thegrio with hashtag #thegrios100.

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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.