Four PNNL staff selected for state academy membership
August 05, 2013
New members to be inducted into Washington State Academy of Sciences in September
RICHLAND, Wash. –
Four scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Steven Ashby, Ted Bowyer, Allison Campbell and Ruby Leung will join other scientists and engineers from across the state being recognized for outstanding scientific achievement and leadership. Academy members provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and work to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state.
The academy was created in 2005 and consists of more than 180 members from diverse academic disciplines and industries, including aerospace, agriculture, computer, science, energy, engineering, ecology and transportation. PNNL now has eight current staff members in the academy, including the four new inductees. Additionally, current academy president-elect Subhash Singhal is a retired PNNL engineer who now serves as an independent consultant to the laboratory.
The new members will be honored at the academy's annual meeting in Seattle in September.
Ashby is PNNL's deputy director for Science and Technology, overseeing integration of PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment and national security. The academy recognized him for both his research accomplishments, and his scientific leadership in computational science. His research achievements include developing scalable numerical methods and software for the modeling of real-world challenges-such as groundwater contamination-on parallel computing systems. He has been an advocate for computational science through various professional society activities, including organizing a now-biannual technical conference and founding the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Bowyer is a PNNL Laboratory Fellow and manager of the laboratory's Nuclear Explosion Monitoring and Policy program. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking research and development of new methods and systems to detect the signatures of nuclear weapons material production and nuclear detonations. He has served as a scientific advisor on issues related to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization; and as an advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.S. State Department, the National Academy of Sciences and at the Conference on Disarmament.
Campbell is the director of EMSL, DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility located at PNNL. EMSL provides integrated experimental and computational resources to more than 700 scientists from around the world each year for discovery and technological innovation in the environmental molecular sciences. This includes support for advancements in terrestrial ecosystem science, energy materials and processes, biosystem design and aerosol science. She is nationally recognized for her individual research efforts in the field of biomaterials, including co-inventing a process for producing biologically-compatible coatings for the surface of artificial joint implants that reduce the risk of rejection and extend the life of the implant.
Leung is a PNNL Laboratory Fellow and an internationally recognized leader in regional climate modeling. Her innovative research on modeling regional climate change and its impacts guides national policy makers on decisions relating to water, agriculture, energy, public health and national security. She has organized key workshops sponsored by environmental agencies, served on panels that define future priorities in climate modeling and hydroclimate research, and has developed regional climate models that are used globally.
Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Computational Science, National Security, EMSL, Awards and Honors, Climate Science, Aerosols, Nuclear Nonproliferation