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Steve Grey, head of the Laboratory’s American Indian program, has been chosen Indian affairs director for the Department of Energy. Grey grew up on the Navajo reservation and has managed a DOE field office at the Navajo Community College in Shiprock, New Mexico. He is also chairman of the Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commision.

Bill Durham of the Geophysics and Global Security Division of the Energy and Environment Directorate has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Among Durham’s contributions to geophysics is his work on the rheology of ice, synthesis of methane hydrates in the laboratory, and laboratory measurements of the physical properties of rocks and minerals.
AGU awards fellowships to scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in one or more branches of geophysics. It elects no more than one-tenth of a percent of its membership as fellows.

Bob Schanilec of the Lawrence Livermore Television Network has earned a Crystal Award of Excellence from the Communicator Awards 2002 Video Competition for his editing and videography on “Fifty Years of Innovation in Nuclear Weapon Design,” which was commissioned by the Defense and Nuclear Technologies Directorate. Shanilec also won an Award of Distinction for the Laboratory’s 50th anniversary video, “Making History—Making a Difference.”
Another Award of Distinction was won by Donald Harrison, also of the Lawrence Livermore Television Network. He was recognized in the “External Communications/Meeting Opener” category for “Beyond Boundaries,” a video about the Laboratory’s supercomputing program, which was produced for the 2001 Supercomputing Conference in Denver.
The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in communications. Entries in the competition are judged by industry professionals who look for work that serves as a benchmark for the industry.
Additionally, Schanilec received an Aegis Award for his production work on “Making History—Making a Difference.” The Aegis Awards are the video industry’s premier competition for peer recognition of outstanding video production and nonnetwork television commercials.

Laboratory scientists Claire Max and Ellen Raber have been inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame. Inductees are chosen by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the Alameda County Health Care Foundation, and the Commission on the Status of Women.
Max is an astrophysicist in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and associate director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Adaptive Optics based at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She specializes in using adaptive optics to minimize the blurring effects of turbulence in Earth’s atmosphere, thereby improving the view of celestial objects through ground-based telescopes.
Raber is head of the Environmental Protection Department. In her 22 years at the Laboratory, she has used her background in geochemistry to resolve a variety of environmental issues related to geothermal energy, underground coal gasification, the strategic petroleum reserve, and nuclear waste management. Her most recent accomplishment has been in the development of L-gel, a decontaminating agent that is effective against chemical and biological warfare agents and breaks down to environmentally acceptable byproducts.

The recipients of the 2002 Edward Teller Fellowships are Fred Milanovich and Cynthia K. Nitta. The fellowship is awarded to employees who have made outstanding contributions to the Laboratory.
Milanovich is being recognized for his outstanding scientific contributions and technical leadership, particularly for his recent role as an intellectual leader supporting the nation’s programs to counter the threats posed by biological weapons and for developing innovative detection capabilities.
Nitta’s contributions are to the Laboratory’s weapons program. She was nominated for the fellowship by Associate Director Bruce Goodwin, who proposed that she be given the opportunity to pursue a program of research and studies to explore the implications of recent nuclear policy changes stemming from the Nuclear Posture Review.

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