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The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has given Lawrence Livermore and ORTEC Products of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a 2004 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for the public–private partnership that helped speed critical homeland security technology to the marketplace. In late 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) identified an urgent national need for a portable, easy-to-use radiation detector that could accurately screen for dangerous radioisotopes in luggage or shipping containers and report its results on the spot. Livermore researchers had built and demonstrated such a detector, called RadScout, but they needed an industrial partner to make it commercially available. Working to meet NNSA’s request, the Laboratory found a partner and, by the end of 2002, had completed negotiations with ORTEC Products to develop RadScout into a commercial product, now called Detective.
RadScout was created by a team of electrical and mechanical engineers, physicists, vacuum specialists, and prototype manufacturers from Livermore’s Engineering; Defense and Nuclear Technologies; and Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and International Security directorates. The Laboratory’s Industrial Partnership and Commercialization Office handled the licensing negotiations with ORTEC.
The FLC, a nationwide network of more than 600 national laboratories from 16 federal agencies, recognizes outstanding work in transferring technology from the laboratories to the public and private sectors.

Tammy Jernigan, the principal deputy associate director of Physics and Advanced Technologies, was named the 2004 Outstanding Woman of the Year in the science category by the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame. Jernigan joined the Laboratory in 2001. Prior to that, she worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Jernigan became an astronaut in July 1986 and is a veteran of five space shuttle missions.
The Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame was established in October 1993 to recognize outstanding women in the California county for their achievements and contributions to the county and its citizens.

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UCRL-52000-04-5 | May 7, 2004