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Brookhaven lab director honored

Samuel Aronson, director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, at

Samuel Aronson, director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, at the U.S. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton. (June 14, 2007) Photo Credit: Newsday/Michael E. Ach

Samuel Aronson, director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, has won a federal government award in recognition of his work finding market and commercial applications for scientific research.

The Laboratory Director of the Year Award, from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, comes just weeks after Aronson decided to retire as director -- but to remain on staff as a researcher.

In addition to Aronson, the consortium gave laboratory director of the year awards to Douglas Bowers of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and Michael Kluse, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.

The consortium includes more than 300 laboratories and centers nationwide. Its mission is "to promote and facilitate the rapid movement of federal laboratory research results and technologies into the mainstream of the U.S. economy."

Aronson, 69, will remain as director until a replacement is hired.

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