Here is a list of new positions, recent awards and honors in Mid-Columbia business:
* Jonathan D. Suter, a researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, has been awarded the Sensors magazine Best Paper Award 2012 for "Aptamer Based Microsphere Biosensor for Thrombin Detection," co-authored by Xudong Fan, Hongying Zhu and Ian M. White under the category "Articles." The article describes the development of an optical microsphere resonator biosensor using aptamer as receptor for the measurement of the important biomolecule thrombin. The Sensors Best Paper Award recognizes outstanding papers related to sensing technologies and applications annually.
* Doug McMakin of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's National Security Directorate and Rick Pratt of PNNL's Energy and Environment Directorate have joined the elite ranks of Battelle "distinguished inventors." The title of Battelle distinguished inventor is reserved for staff members who have received 14 or more U.S. patents over the course of their careers with Battelle. McMakin has worked in the Radar Imaging Laboratory at PNNL since 1987. Pratt joined PNNL in 1999. His radio frequency tag experience includes hardware and firmware design for the development of battery-assisted passive radio frequency tags and reader systems that incorporate low-power sensors.
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Martha Kramer of Touchet and Bryan Janzing of Kennewick have been named financial representatives for Country Financial in Kennewick. Country Financial provides clients with auto, home life and long-term care insurance, annuities, mutual funds and college education funding options. The company also offers investment management, retirement planning and trust services. The office is at 8900 W. Tucannon Ave., Kennewick. For more information, call 783-8370.
* Andrew Minister of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland has been promoted to chief professional and engineer. He is a registered fire protection engineer with 36 years of experience. He is the technical group leader for fire protection and is responsible for supporting other environment, safety and health activities. He has been a principal member of the Technical Committee of Laboratories Using Chemicals for the National Fire Protection Association since 1995 and chairman since 2007.
* Kerry Lawrence has joined law firm Herrig & Vogt in Kennewick. Lawrence has more than 30 years of experience in construction and construction law. The firm is at 1030 N. Center Parkway, Suite 201, Kennewick. For more information, go to herrigvogt.com.
Bobby Sparks and Sanjay Sanan of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland are among the first individuals in the Department of Energy contractor community to have successfully completed the stringent "authority having jurisdiction" qualifications based on the DOE Electrical Systems Functional Area Qualification Standard. An authority having jurisdiction is a building official, electrical inspector, fire marshal or other individual responsible for interpretation and enforcement of local building and electrical codes.
* Mark Watts and Jeremiah "Jer" Webster of Dade Moeller have earned certified safety professional credentials from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Watts, a senior industrial hygienist, serves as site safety officer on the 308-A Reactor, 309 Reactor, and 340 Building Vault and Tanks Disposition project under Phoenix Enterprises, NW at Hanford. Webster works with Mission Support Alliance at Hanford as an industrial hygienist with ancillary safety responsibilities.
* Vista Engineering Technologies' Susan Farnworth received her state structural engineering license. Farnworth is now one of five engineers in the Benton-Franklin area who hold the license, which is required for engineers working on "significant structures," including hazardous facilities and buildings more than four stories or 100 feet in height. For more information about Vista, go to vistaengr.com or call 737-1377. The company is at 1355 Columbia Park Trail, Richland.
Duane Job, co-owner of Job's Nursery in Pasco, will serve his second year as treasurer of the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. The association is a nonprofit dedicated to educating, serving, promoting and representing the horticultural community in the state. Job's Nursery is at 4072 Columbia River Road, Pasco.
* Senior Life Resources Northwest in Kennewick has announced its 2012 board. Betty Sherman of Richland is president. Stan Goldsmith of Richland is vice president and Connie Schneider of West Richland is treasurer. Senior Life Resources Northwest is a nonprofit that provides services for older adults and dependent individual so they can live in their own homes and stay active in their communities. The company is at 8656 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. For more information, visit seniorliferesources.org.