The annual UT-Battelle Awards Night celebration was highlighted by the presentation of the UT-Battelle Director's Awards for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment. The Director's Award in Science and Technology went to David Singh, honored for his development of theoretical approaches and their application to key problems in the fields of condensed matter physics, materials science and related areas. The Director's Award in Laboratory Operations went to Michael J. Pierce for his efforts to ensure the availability of ORNL's nuclear facilities in support of the laboratory's nuclear research and development mission. Mark Dobbs garnered the Director's Award in Community Service for his long history of traveling with organizations locally and worldwide to provide humanitarian services.
Thomas Wilbanks has been appointed a member of the Committee on America's Climate Choices by the National Academy of Sciences.
Laboratory Director Thom Mason has received McMaster University's Distinguished Alumni Award for the Sciences, 2008, for his "high level of distinction and achievement through scholarship, research, teaching, and creative contributions to the sciences and service to society."
Will Minter was presented with the Black Engineer of the Year Award by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Council of the Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine for promotion of higher education.
Nermin Uckan has been appointed a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Jun Qu has received the John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
ORNL received the High Performance Computing Challenge Award in the Linpack Test category and the High Performance Computing Challenge Runner up Award in the Global Fast Fourier Transform category in a competition sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Jeff Smith has received the Oak Ridge "Muddy Boot" Award from the East Tennessee Economic Council.
Louis Mansur has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society's Materials Science and Technology Division.
Rebecca Efroymson and Paul Hanson have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Pencheng Dai, Chong Long Fu, Amit Goyal, Soren Sorenson, Charles Vane and Andrey Zheludev have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society.
Mike Miller has been elected a fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society for his leadership in the development and utilization of atom probe tomography for characterization of materials.
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