PNNL scientists join Washington State Academy of Sciences

By The Tri-city HeraldAugust 5, 2013 

Four scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been picked to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

The academy was created by authorization of the Legislature to provide objective scientific and engineering knowledge to state policy makers and increase the visibility of science in the state, according to a news release. It has grown to about 180 members since it was created in 2005.

The Department of Energy laboratory in Richland now has eight staff members in the academy, and the academy's president-elect, Subhash Singhal, is a retired PNNL engineer who serves as an independent consultant to the laboratory.

The new members are Steven Ashby, Ted Bowyer, Allison Campbell and Ruby Leung.

w 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 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 professional society activities, including organizing a now-biannual technical conference and founding the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

w 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 adviser on issues related to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization and as an adviser to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.S. State Department and the National Academy of Sciences.

w Campbell is the director of EMSL, DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory on the PNNL campus.

EMSL provides integrated experimental and computational resources to about 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.

w 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.

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