Staff Awards: 2008

Huq Recognized by the Leadership Alliance

Aleisha Huq

Ashfia Huq

The Neutron Scattering Science Division's Ashfia Huq was recently named a Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholar by the Leadership Alliance. The alliance was established as a national consortium of leading research institutions and minority-serving institutions dedicated to boosting the enrollment of underrepresented minority students in graduate programs. Ashfia also received the Mary Lyon Award in January 2008.

Andrey Zheludev & Pengcheng Dai Honored by the American Physical Society

Andrey Zheludev

Andrey Zheludev

Pencheng Dai

Pengcheng Dai

Andrey Zheludev was nominated for his elegant neutron scattering investigations of quantum magnetism and quantum critical phenomena, especially in spin-chain compounds.

Pengcheng Dai holds a joint appointment with the University of Tennessee and in the NScD. Dai was recognized for his contributions to understanding fundamental properties of magnetic excitations in high-transition temperature superconductors, f-electron heavy Fermions, and colossal magneto-resistance manganites.

Xun-Li Wang Appointed UT Adjunct Professor

Xun-Li Wang

Xun-Li Wang

The Neuron Scattering Science Division's Xun-Li Wang has been appointed as adjunct professor with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His appointment is in the College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Xun-Li serves as the group leader for the Powder Diffraction Group and is the lead instrument scientist for the Engineering Materials Diffractometer, which is under construction at SNS.

Xun-Li received his B.S from Beijing University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Iowa State University. He came to ORNL in 1992 and joined SNS in 1999. His scientific interests include mechanical properties, phase transformation, and magnetism in advanced materials.

Herb Mook receives American Physical Society Jesse W. Beams Research Award

Herb Mook

2008 SESAPS Award Winners

This award was presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society. The meeting was held October 29 - November 1, 2008, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year, the society awards three prizes for contributions to the field.

Shown in the photo are (left to right) Mike Fowler, University of Virginia (Pegram Award for Physics Teaching), Mook, and Laurence Cain, Davidson College (Francis Slack Award for Service to Physics).

Mentor Awards - Outstanding mentors and teachers honored at ORNL

ORNL, DOE, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities recently recognized outstanding ORNL staff for mentoring students and teachers in laboratory education programs and throughout the community. The awards were presented recently at ORNL in a joint ceremony by ORNL's Minority Educational Institution Program and ORAU. See the full News Release...

Six NScD staff received awards for their efforts as outstanding mentors in 2007:

Al Ekkebus

NSSD: Al Ekkebus

Jamie Fernandez-Baca

NSSD: Jamie Fernandez-Baca

Chrissi Schnell

NSSD: Chrissi Schnell

Lakeisha Walker

NSSD: Lakeisha Walker

Bob Martin, Mason, John Haines

NSSD: Bob Martin, Mason, John Haines, Jaime Fernandez-Baca, Al Ekkebus, Greg Smith, Chrissi Schnell, and Lakeisha Walker

Jeff Holmes

RAD: Jeff Holmes


RAD: Willem Blokland

Danilov Receives EPS Accelerator Group Prize

Slava Danilov

Slava Danilov

Research Accelerator Division physicist Slava Danilov recently received a European Physical Society Accelerator Group 2008 Achievement Prize. Slava was recognized "for numerous contributions to accelerator physics, in particular for the proposal, calculation, design, construction, and demonstration of efficient laser H- stripping." As Slava puts it: "Laser stripping is conversion of H- atoms to protons using lasers during injection into SNS ring. The present conversion scheme uses carbon foils, which produces the highest radiation at SNS. The carbon foils will start to break down at SNS megawatt intensities–one of the most severe problems for SNS power upgrade projects. The new technology with lasers (if developed) will eliminate old technology drawbacks."

One of three prizes awarded biennally by the society, this award is for an individual in the early part of his or her career, having made a recent, significant, original contribution to the accelerator field. The award will be presented at the 2008 European Particle Accelerator Conference in Genoa, Italy.

Slava received his PhD in Physics from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russa, in 1995. He joined the SNS Project in 1998 and is part of the Accelerator Physics Group. His research interests include self-consistent distributions of intense beam, collective effects, nonlinear dynamics and integrable systems, and quantum physics of beams.

Huq cited by Mount Holyoke College

Ashfia Huq

Ashfia Huq receives the Mary Lyon Award

The Neutron Scattering Science Division's Ashfia Huq was recently awarded the Mary Lyon Award by the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College. The award, named after the college's 1837 founder, Mary Lyon, is presented to an outstanding young alumna who has been out of college 15 years or less.

Ashfia is an instrument scientist with POWGEN3, a third-generation powder diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source. Her area of expertise is high-resolution neutron and X-ray powder diffraction of condensed matter systems. Her scientific interests include hydrogen storage materials, catalysis, magnetic and structural properties of strongly correlated electron systems and ab initio structure solutions from powder data.

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