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Evelyn Mullen named American Nuclear Society Fellow | US Department of Energy Science News


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Evelyn Mullen, chief operating officer for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 13, 2020–Evelyn Mullen, chief operating officer for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society for her leadership in nuclear national security and ensuring the nation’s experimental capability in nuclear criticality.

“For more than 25 years, Evelyn Mullen has displayed outstanding leadership in nuclear and radiological threat response,” said Nancy Jo Nicholas, associate Laboratory director for Global Security at Los Alamos. “She has provided intellectual leadership for planning and executing science and technology for nuclear nonproliferation, detection, render safe, and attribution; foreign nuclear weapon analysis; and nuclear detonation response and recovery issues. Being named an ANS Fellow is a well-deserved honor for someone who has contributed so much to the field.”

Mullen was instrumental in developing plans for new diagnostic capabilities for subcritical plutonium-integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site that will become operational in 2025. Furthermore, she currently leads a major effort for recovery from a radiation source accident in Seattle, Wash.

Mullen joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1992. She holds bachelor and master of science degrees in nuclear engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the State of New Mexico. She currently serves on the Army Science Board. Mullen has volunteered with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation on the scholarship and grants committees for many years and is a founding member of the Legacy Society. Mullen is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Community Foundation and has been recognized by the Los Alamos Engineering Council with their community service award.

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society is an international professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its more than 9,500 members represent government, academia, research laboratories, medical facilities, and private industry. ANS’s mission is to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society.


About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


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Chemist elected a 2020 fellow of the American Physical Society

Richard Kaner, who is the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor of Materials Innovation, has been elected a 2020 fellow of the American Physical Society, a nonprofit organization that advances the knowledge of physics and represents more than 55,000 members worldwide, including physicists in universities, national laboratories and industry.

The society selected 163 fellows in late September and praised Kaner for “outstanding contributions to the physics, chemistry, and materials science of nanostructured conducting polymers, superhard metals, and new forms of carbon including superconducting fullerides, carbon nanoscrolls, and graphene.” Kaner is a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering, and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.

Kaner and his research team have designed a series of remarkable devices. One device creates electricity from falling snow. Kaner and UCLA researcher Maher El-Kady, call the device a snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator, or snow TENG, and reported this first-of-its-kind device June, 2019 in the journal Nano Energy. His research team has also produced a separation membrane that separates oil from water and cleans up the debris left by oil fracking. Kaner, El-Kady and colleagues designed a device in 2017 that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars. 

Kaner is among the world’s most influential and highly cited scientific researchers. He has also been selected as the recipient of the American Institute of Chemists 2019 Chemical Pioneer Award, which honors chemists and chemical engineers who have made outstanding contributions that advance the science of chemistry or greatly impact the chemical profession.

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RIT Professor Scott Franklin named American Physical Society Fellow


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Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Scott Franklin has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Franklin, a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy and director of RIT’s Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Education (CASTLE), was elected upon the recommendation of the APS Forum on Education (FEd). In the society’s citation, he was praised “For decades of work to support emerging and diverse scholars in physics education research and to foster a vibrant and sustained PER community.” The fellowship is a selective and prestigious recognition by peers for outstanding contributions to physics.

“I’m tremendously honored and humbled,” said Franklin. “The award recognizes the truly collaborative nature of the community building activities. In each of the activities that this recognizes, I’ve had the great fortune to partner with really wonderful collaborators. So, while I’m honored to receive this award, I also have to recognize the many, many collaborators who contributed as much as I did, and I’m thankful and grateful to them for all that they have given me.”

Franklin leads research groups in granular materials as well as physics education research (PER), has been principal investigator or co-PI on 17 funded projects exceeding $4 million in total, and has more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and textbooks. Throughout more than 20 years of physics education research, Franklin has prioritized community building and the development of emerging scholars.

At a time when physics education researchers had very few publication outlets, he was a founding editor (2001-2004) of the Physics Education Research Conference proceedings, and organizer of the 2001 joint American Association of Physics Teachers/Physics Education Research Conference in Rochester, N.Y. He also co-leads an international training program for emerging education researchers in STEM known as Professional-development for Emerging Education Researchers (PEER), and is a founder of RIT’s multidisciplinary STEM education research group. He served as the first Treasurer of the APS Topical Group on PER from 2014-18.

Within physics education research, Franklin co-developed the Explorations in Physics curriculum and has studied students’ reasoning, metacognition, and use of mathematics in physics. His zeal for promoting emerging scholars has connected with efforts to broaden participation in physics and STEM. Together with other College of Science faculty, Franklin leads the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence program at RIT and strives to broaden higher education to better serve women, people of color, and other marginalized groups.

“The RIT community is extremely proud of Scott for receiving this terrific honor,” said Sophia Maggelakis, dean of the College of Science. “His induction is a testament to the quality of his research, his leadership and the respect he has earned from his peers.”

Franklin is the third scientist at RIT to be named a fellow of the society. Professor Manuela Campanelli, director of RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, was elected in 2009 and Professor Carlos Lousto was elected in 2012.

“This recognition is very well deserved,” said

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