Ward Plummer, an ORNL-University of Tennessee Distinguished Scientist, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Plummer is director of the new Joint Institute for Advanced Materials that will be built on the UT campus. He also supervises research at the Department of Energy's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at ORNL.
Theoretical astrophysicist W. Raphael Hix received the 2006 Young Investigator Award of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society for his research in nuclear physics, novae, supernovae, X-ray and gamma-ray bursts, and stellar structure and evolution, including nucleosynthesis—the cosmic origins of the elements that make up the universe.
Yuri Melnichenko has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his studies of polymer materials using small-angle neutron scattering techniques.
Peter Cummings has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to the molecular understanding of industrially relevant fluids and processes and for his national leadership in applied molecular modeling and computational nanoscience.
Cam Hubbard was elected a distinguished fellow of the International Centre for Diffraction Data, in recognition of his extensive contributions to the ICDD and the field of X-ray powder diffraction.
Andrew Payzant was elected a fellow of the International Centre for Diffraction Data in recognition of years of leadership and service to the ICDD beyond that normally associated with membership.
Brian Davison has been elected to the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Tim Burchell received the Hsun Lee Lecture Award given by the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, for significant contributions to materials science and engineering.
Panos Datskos received the Charles Stark Draper Award for Most Outstanding Tutorial at last year's 51st International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) of the Instrument Society of America. His tutorial, entitled "Using MEMS and NEMS as Sensors," was ranked first.
Elliot Volkin, co-discoverer of messenger RNA and a retired ORNL biologist, received Penn State University's Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. Former ORNL Director Alvin Weinberg ranks the discovery of mRNA by Volkin and the late Lazarus Astrachan as the most significant ever at ORNL and one of the most important events in the history of molecular biology.
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