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Nominations Open for James Corones Award Recognizing Science Leadership

Nominations are now open for the James Corones Award, honoring a scientist or engineer who demonstrates integrity and engagement in their field.

The James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication recognizes mid-career science professionals who influence their fields and research in general. The recipient will be someone who encourages and mentors young people to participate in the science community, to communicate their work effectively and to make a difference in their discipline.

The prize honors the late Krell Institute founder, who had a distinguished career as a researcher and administrator. Krell, the award’s sponsor, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the scientific and educational communities. Under Corones’ guidance, it grew to oversee 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 more than 500 computational science fellows and alumni have formed a community of high-performance computing practitioners working at government laboratories, universities and colleges, and private companies. Nearly 70 fellows and 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.

Corones, who died on April 28, 2017, saw Krell as a means to educate superior scientists for the U.S. workforce, keeping the country at the forefront 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 working in government laboratories, academic institutions or industry. The honoree will receive $2,000 and an engraved gift. The prize includes travel expenses for the winner to speak at one or more events.

The inaugural Corones Award winner for 2019 is Rebecca Hartman-Baker, a computer scientist at NERSC.

Nominations are due December 31, 2019.

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