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Dr. Carol Burns Elected Lab Fellow

Dr. Carol Burns Elected Laboratory Fellow

Deputy Division Leader Dr. Carol Burns, who will be stepping down from the Chemistry Division management team at the end of August for a change of station, has just been elected to the rank of Laboratory Fellow.

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“[Carol’s] scientific accomplishments have won international recognition for her and LANL…she is one of our best, brightest, and most productive.”

–Drs. William Woodruff and Gregory Kubas.

The Laboratory Fellows organization is made up of technical staff members who have been appointed by the Laboratory Director in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The Fellows are limited to two percent of the technical staff and may not be members of the Laboratory management. Carol’s impending departure from the division has made her eligible for the position.

Carol first came to the Laboratory as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow in 1987. In the years she has been at the Laboratory, Carol has distinguished herself by publishing over 90 papers, book chapters, and reviews, which in turn have received over 1600 citations. According to her nominators, Al Sattelberger (Chemistry Division Director) and Jackie Kiplinger (Chemistry staff), Carol has, “risen to the position of a national and international leader in actinide chemistry, one whose research is followed and respected by all the actinide chemistry community.” They go on to say that Carol is largely responsible for the current understanding of actinide complexes exhibiting metal-ligand multiple bonding, and that her work is responsible for changing the way the scientific community thinks about the chemistry of the light actinides.

Carol’s work has also held great interest for the scientific community at large. Her research has been featured in the prestigious publication Chemical and Engineering News, and her scientific contributions are finding their way into chemistry textbooks. Professor Christopher Cummins of MIT states, “These are all papers in which Carol illustrates for the first time the synthesis and characterization of new classes of substances, the very existence of which was either not expected or believed to be impossible.”

Carol’s scientific achievements have been paralleled by her dedication to the Laboratory. She has worked to further Laboratory programs in a wide variety of areas, and she has mentored many young researches who have themselves gone on to significant scientific achievements.

Carol’s change of station will take her to Washington, DC, where she will be a Senior Policy Analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressing issues in national and homeland security.

Her warm, capable presence in Chemistry Division will be sorely missed, both by those who have come to count on her scientifically and by those who have been accustomed to seeking her out for her managerial expertise. Congratulations Carol, and good luck!

Posted 8/20/03

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