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WSU, PNNL strengthen nuclear science research, education ties

Embracing the ‘power of partnerships,’ the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University announced the formation of the WSU-PNNL Institutes — a collection of three joint institutes that will advance science and technology in nuclear science and technology, advanced grid and bioproducts.

In a ceremony on April 3 at WSU Tri-Cities, located in Richland near PNNL’s research campus, institute leaders noted that these areas are critical for the nation and Northwest and solutions to major challenges are possible with these two institutions coming together. » More …

Aurora Clark joins National Academies Committee

Aurora ClarkAurora Clark, WSU chemistry profesor and deputy director of the IDREAM Energy Frontier Research Center, has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee. The committee will develop the agenda for basic research in separations science. Through this agenda, they will lay the groundwork for a new era in separations focusing on fundamental science. » More …

Sue Clark appointed to DOE environmental committee

Sue ClarkSue Clark, an internationally recognized leader in the nuclear sciences, has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee to evaluate the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup technology development efforts.

Clark, a Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at WSU, also serves as Chief Science and Technology Officer for Energy and Environment research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, » More …

Biology graduate earns internship at PNNL, working to combat cancer

Vincent Danna (’17) was in middle school when he lost all of his hair.

He suffers from a condition known as alopecia universalis, which is when the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. His personal struggle led him to want to become a dermatologist and help those who experience serious skin diseases and other ailments.

“It sounds silly,” he said, “but my experience really spiked my interest in wanting to help other people through medicine.” » More …

WSU joins National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence

National Nuclear Security AdministrationPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is part of a new $12.5 million National Nuclear Security Administration Actinide Center of Excellence devoted to research in actinide and nuclear chemistry.

Based at the University of Notre Dame, the Actinide Center of Excellence (ACE) is tasked with research that is important for stockpile stewardship — the certification that the nation’s nuclear weapons are secure and operational. » More …