The Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division's Clarice Phelps was the winner in the YWCA Knoxville Tribute to Women technology, research, and innovation category. Phelps was part of the team that discovered the superheavy element tennessine. She volunteers her time through the Alpha Pi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority where she helped establish a robotics program for inner city youth. Phelps also serves on the ORNL Educational Outreach Committee as its diversity chair for Knox County Schools.
Dianne Ezell and Nidia Gallego were Tribute to Women finalists this year in the same category. The YWCA nominations and finalist ceremony recognize local women who lead their fields in technology and excel in community service.