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PNNL veteran named director of microproducts group

Landis Kannberg, a program manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been appointed director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI). A collaboration of PNNL and Oregon State University, the MBI is a partner in and shares space with Oregon's first signature research center, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).

To date, the MBI has collaborated on more than $10 million in research and development, including a technology used in a heat-activated, portable cooling unit and a micro-scale blood filter for a portable kidney dialysis device.

MBI's goals are three-fold: first, to become a nationally and internationally reputed center for microtechnologies; second, to accelerate the commercialization of microtechnologies—particularly for chemical and energy applications; and third, to increase collaborative microtechnology research and development with academia, national laboratories and industry.

(Photo caption: Landis Kannberg)

DOE approves new PNNL facility study

Study defines strategy for new construction and extending use of existing facilities

The Department of Energy has approved the results of an essential study that will shape the future for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's future facilities. Authorized and conducted in December 2006, the study outlined a strategy for new construction and extending the use of some existing facilities in the Hanford Site 300 Area.

The Physical Sciences Facility will be built on the Horn Rapids Triangle, just north of the Laboratory's central campus, and will consist of three separate modules: chemical processing and materials science and technology, ultra-trace, and radiation detection.

PNNL receives national safety award

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been recognized as one of America's Safest Companies as featured in Occupational Hazards magazine's November 2006 issue. Each year, the honor is given to a group of companies that demonstrate their management-supported safety processes, involvement from staff and innovative solutions to safety challenges.

The winning organizations must demonstrate solid safety performance and a commitment to safety education and communications. "They (PNNL) get the symbiotic relationship between productivity, profits, morale, and employee retention," said Sandy Smith, chief editor of Occupational Hazards.

PNNL is the first Battelle-managed laboratory and multi-program national laboratory to win this respected award. Previous winners include Alcoa, Bechtel Group Inc., Dow Chemical Co., and DuPont.

(Photo caption: Left to right: Vern Madson, Cindy Caldwell, Steve Smith, all of PNNL, and Roger Briggs, DOE Pacific Northwest Site Office, accept the award on behalf of PNNL.)

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