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Seeking Nominations for the James Corones Award Honoring Longtime Advocates for Science

Nominations are now open for a new prize honoring a longtime advocate for science, education and research.

The James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication will recognize mid-career scientists and engineers who are making an impact in their fields and on research in general. The recipient will be someone who encourages and mentors young people to engage with the science community, to communicate their work effectively and to make a difference in their scientific discipline. It’s a fitting tribute to Corones, who led a distinguished career as a researcher, administrator and, perhaps most importantly, founder of the Krell Institute, the award’s sponsor.

Krell is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the scientific and educational communities. Under Corones’s guidance, it grew to supervise many projects and programs, most notably the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) and the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF).

The nearly 400 computational science alumni have become a community of high-performance computing practitioners working at government laboratories, universities and colleges and private companies.

More than 45 graduates of the smaller, newer stewardship science program conduct research vital to the nation’s security. Their work could lead to cleaner energy sources, reduced nuclear proliferation and greater understanding of the universe.

James Corones, who died on April 28, 2017, saw Krell as a means to educate superior scientists for the U.S. workforce, helping the country lead the world in multiple disciplines. He supported mentoring and developing leaders in the scientific community and was determined to
communicate research to the broader world. He helped establish the fields of computational science, advanced high-performance computing, and national nuclear safety.

Nominees should be mid-career scientists and engineers (having earned a Ph.D. within the past 10 to 20 years) working in government laboratories, academic institutions or industry. The honoree will receive $2,000 and an engraved gift, plus travel expenses to a designated event to receive their prize.

Nominations, consisting of a completed form and nominator’s letter, are due by the close of business on Monday, December 31, 2018. Letters from three additional identified supporters of the nominee will be due by the close of business on Friday, February 15, 2019. Self-nominations are permitted.

Submissions are due December 31, 2018.

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