Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Assuring a Future US-based Nuclear Chemistry Expertise

Study Director:


Dr. C. Bradley Moore - (Chair)
University of California, Berkeley

C. Bradley Moore (NAS) is a professor emeritus in the University of California, Berkeley, department of chemistry. Dr. Moore had direct management responsibility for Berkeley???s nuclear chemistry program, as chemistry department chair, as dean, and as director of the chemistry division (including chemistry of the actinides) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1988-2000, he served on advisory committees at Los Alamos that reviewed nuclear chemistry programs. Dr. Moore has also served as vice president for research at Ohio State and Northwestern Universities during most of this past decade. He was also a member of the governing board of both Argonne and Fermi National Labs and was instrumental in creating the current arrangement for a shared management of those labs that includes Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Moore was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1986.


Mr. Ronald A. Chrzanowski
Exelon Nuclear

Ronald A. Chrzanowski is the corporate chemistry manager with Exelon Nuclear. He has 30 years experience in nuclear power plants including chemistry, engineering, nuclear oversight, operations, regulatory assurance, licensing, and security. He is currently the Exelon Chemistry Corporate Functional Area Manager, where he is responsible for supervising four experienced corporate chemists, leading the chemistry peer group, and chemistry governance and oversight functional area for 17 nuclear units at 10 stations. Mr. Chrzanowski previously held the postion of chemistry manager at Exelon???s LaSalle Station, where for 5 years he was responsible for managing the chemistry department of 26 employees including 13 represented employees and budget responsibility for $10M/yr. His prior experience includes obtaining a senior reactor operator???s license at the Byron Nuclear Generating Station as well as manager positions in many other departments over the years. Mr. Chrzanowski received a BS in electrical engineering from Marquette University. His industry leadership service includes EPRI Chemistry, RP, LLW TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) member for 2.5 years, Regulatory Ground Water Protection Program Working Group 2008 ??? 09, and Radiation Sourcebook Committee 2010. Previously he was the EPRI ORSERG (Operational Reactor Safety Engineering Review Group) Chairman, 2001 ??? 2002, and currently he is the EPRI Chemistry, LLW, RP TAC Vice Chairman.


Dr. Carol J. Burns
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Carol J. Burns is the deputy division director of the chemistry division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and serves as the group leader for nuclear and radiochemistry in the chemistry division. She received her PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. She came to LANL as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, and has been employed at LANL since that time, serving in a variety of line and program management positions. She served as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2003-4. She provided technical and policy assistance on national and homeland security science and technology issues involving defense infrastructure (including workforce issues) and threat preparedness, as well as coordination of science and technology policies within the national security and intelligence communities. She continues to support LANL in the coordination of activities in nuclear forensics, including working with the interagency on workforce pipeline and educational program development. She established the first summer undergraduate school in nuclear forensics, funded by the Department of Homeland Security. She was awarded the LANL Fellows Publication Prize in 2002, and was named a Laboratory Fellow in 2003. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. She is a recognized expert in actinide and radionuclide chemistry, with more than 95 peer-reviewed publications and invited book chapters, and has served on a number of editorial boards, review boards, and advisory panels.


Dr. Lester R. Morss
University of Maryland, College Park

Lester R. Morss began his scientific career in inorganic chemistry and radiochemistry by carrying out research on the actinide elements uranium through californium under Professor Burris B. Cunningham, achieving a PhD at University of California, Berkeley in 1969. After postdoctoral study with James W. Cobble at Purdue University, he reached the rank of full professor of chemistry at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, doing research in synthetic inorganic chemistry and thermochemistry of transition elements. He joined the chemistry division of Argonne National Laboratory in 1980, where he resumed his primary research focus of solid-state and thermochemistry of the transuranium elements. After reaching the rank of senior chemist at Argonne, he was elected a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science and spent six months as an Alexander von Humboldt senior research scientist at the University of Hannover, Germany in 1992. He retired from Argonne in 2002 and then served until 2010 as program manager for heavy element chemistry in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. He resides in Columbia, Maryland, where he is now an adjunct professor of chemistry at University of Maryland, College Park.


Dr. Georgine M. Pion
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Georgine M. Pion is a research associate professor in the Quantitative Methods Program within the department of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Pion???s research has focused on career development and research policy, particularly as it pertains to determining the effectiveness of training programs of scientists in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. She conducted a large-scale evaluation of predoctoral research training programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as evaluations of peer review in the neurosciences, clinical, and behavioral sciences for the NIH???s Center of Scientific Review. Additionally, her work has involved evaluations of other research training initiatives, including the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences and the American Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics Foundation Scholars program. She has served as chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Survey of Earned Doctorates and as member of several NRC and IOM committees involved in research and clinical training, including the Panel on the Career Outcomes of Men and Women Scientists and Engineers, Evaluation of the Lucille S. Markey Charitable Foundation, the Committee on Bridges to Independence, the Committee on Biomedical and Behavioral Personnel, and the Committee on Training Needs of Health Professionals in Domestic Violence. Dr. Pion received a Merit Award from the NIH in 1999 for her survey and evaluation work and is an Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Pion obtained her PhD from Claremont University in 1980 and completed a National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral traineeship in Northwestern University???s Evaluation and Research Methodology program.


Dr. Patricia Ann Baisden
E.O. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Trish Baisden is the associate director of the National Ignition Campaign (NIC), a national, multi-laboratory effort lead by the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and Photon Science Directorate at the E. O. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). NIC is the scientific and technology development program on NIF focused on using inertial confinement fusion to achieve ignition and thermonuclear burn in the laboratory. Dr. Baisden is a nuclear chemist and during her 30 year career at LLNL she has held a number of technical management positions including division leader for analytical sciences, deputy director of the Seaborg Institute, materials program leader for NIF, chief scientist and deputy associate director for the Chemistry and Material Sciences Directorate. Professionally she has served on numerous study panels and review committees, as an editor of the journal Radiochimica Acta, and chairperson of the American Chemical Society???s Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. Dr. Baisden???s research interests include nuclear fusion, lasers and optical materials, heavy ion reactions, heavy element fission properties, the chemistry of 4 and 5f elements, and nuclear power and advanced fuel cycles. Dr. Baisden earned a B.S. in 1971 and Ph.D. in 1975 in chemistry from Florida State University and then held a two year postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Glenn T. Seaborg at the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, before joining the staff at LLNL.


Dr. Sue B. Clark
Washington State University

Sue B. Clark is an expert in environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides, chemistry of high-level radioactive waste systems, and chemistry of actinide-bearing solid phases in natural environments. She is a professor of chemistry and the Westinghouse Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Washington State University in Pullman, and interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. Previously, she was an assistant research ecologist at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and senior scientist at Westinghouse Savannah River Company's Savannah River Technology Center. She currently is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy???s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. Dr. Clark has served as a consultant to the Nuclear Energy Agency of France, the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, and the Battelle Memorial Institute. She has received several awards, including the Westinghouse Professorship (2000 to present), Ford Lecturer at Minnesota State University (2003), the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (1998 to 2000), and the Young Faculty Achievement Award (1998 to 1999) in the College of Sciences at Washington State University. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. degree in inorganic and radiochemistry from Florida State University. She has served on several National Research Council committees, and she currently serves on its Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.


Dr. Roy A. Lacey
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Roy A. Lacey is a professor in the department of chemistry at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He previously served as the associate dean of the college of arts & sciences at Stony Brook. Dr. Lacey is also currently a summer school instructor in nuclear chemistry at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a member of the DOE Committee of Visitors, and in 2008 was selected as program chair of the ACS Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. He has an educational research interest in removing instructional bottlenecks in the classroom. His basic research interest is in relativistic heavy ion reactions with particular emphasis on the nuclear equation of state, phase transitions and the transport properties of high energy-density, strongly interacting matter. Dr. Lacey has authored more than 220 refereed publications.


Dr. Carolyn J. Anderson
Washington University School of Medicine

Carolyn J. Anderson, Ph.D. is a professor of radiology, biochemistry, and molecular biophysics and chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Anderson received her B.S. in chemistry in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1990 from Florida State University, where she carried out her dissertation research with Prof. Gregory R. Choppin in the area of actinide chemistry. After obtaining her Ph.D., she took a position as a research associate in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in Prof. Michael J. Welch's group. In 1993 she was promoted to assistant professor of radiology, and currently holds the position of professor in the departments of radiology, biochemistry & molecular biophysics, and chemistry. Dr. Anderson???s research interests include the development and evaluation of novel radiometal-based radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and targeted radiotherapy of cancer and cardiovascular disease. She pioneered the development of copper-64-based radiopharmaceuticals, and her research group carries out research on the interface of chemistry and biology. She has had NIH funding since 1994 and has over 125 peer-reviewed and invited publications, mostly in the area of developing radiopharmaceuticals for oncological imaging and targeted radiotherapy. Dr. Anderson has also been actively involved in the education and training of graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of nuclear and radiochemistry, imaging sciences, and nanotechnology. She recently accepted the position of director of the molecular imaging laboratory in the department of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and will be moving there in May, 2011.


Dr. Howard L. Hall
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Howard L. Hall is the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor???s Chair in Nuclear Security, in the department of nuclear engineering at UT. He also serves as director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy???s Global Security Policy Program. Hall received his Ph.D. in chemistry (focused on nuclear and radiochemistry) from the University of California in 1989, and his BS in chemistry from the College of Charleston in 1985. Prior to joining UT, he spent 20 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California, where he led major scientific and operational missions in nuclear and homeland security. Hall is a member of the ANS, the APS, the ACS, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists. His research interests include nuclear security applications, including proliferation detection, counter-proliferation, detection of and response to radiological or nuclear threats, radiochemistry, nuclear forensics, and applications of nuclear-based methods to other security needs (such as explosives detection). His work with the Baker Center focuses on the intersection of science, security, and public policy.


Dr. Richard B. Freeman
Harvard University

Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as faculty co-director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He directs the National Bureau of Economic Research / Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects, and is senior research fellow in labour markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. Dr. Freeman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is currently serving as a member of the AAAS Initiative for Science and Technology. Dr. Freeman served on the study on Policy Implications of International Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the United States. He also served on five panels of the National Research Council, including the Committee on National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists. He received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. His recent publications include: Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization (2004), Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the 21st Century (2005), America Works: The Exceptional Labor Market (2007), What Workers Want (2007 2nd edition), What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo American World (2007), International Differences in the Business Practices & Productivity of Firms (2009), Science and Engineering Careers in the United States (2009), Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden (2010), and Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options (2010). His forthcoming IZA Prize book is Making Europe Work: IZA Labor Economics Series (2010). Dr. Freeman has also received an NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Award # 0915670 "DAT: Scientists and Engineers as Agents of Technological Progress: Measuring the Returns to R&D and the Economic Impact of Science & Engineering Workers".


Dr. Michael E. Phelps
University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine

Michael E. Phelps, the Norton Simon Professor and chair of the University of California, Los Angeles department of molecular and medical pharmacology, has been on the faculty of the University of California since 1976. He is actively engaged in medical research, educational programs, and multimedia technologies at UCLA. Dr. Phelps uniquely holds six academic positions at UCLA. In addition to serving as the departmental chairman and holding an endowed professorship, he is also the director of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, professor of biomathematics, the director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and the chief of nuclear medicine. He has published over 520 scientific papers and books. Dr. Phelps has received numerous awards, among them, the 1992 Pasarow Foundation Award, the 1987 Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College of Physicians, the George Von Hevesy Prize (won twice) from the Von Hevesy Foundation in Zurich (Von Hevesy won the Nobel Prize in chemistry), the 1984 Sarah L. Poiley Memorial Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the 1984 Ernest O. Lawrence Presidential Award, the 1983 Paul Aebersold Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine, chaired the 1983 Nobel Symposium, elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1985, Enrico Fermi Presidential Award, 1998, and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999. Dr. Phelps is the original inventor of PET (Positron Emission Tomography). PET is a molecular imaging technique that provides in vivo images of biological processes, blood flow, metabolism, cell communication systems, drug interactions and gene expression. PET is used in research to study the biological basis of normal organ function and the biological basis of disease. It is also routinely used as a clinical service in the early detection, characterization and evaluation of the therapeutic responses in cancer, neurological disorders and cardiovascular disease.


Dr. John F. Wacker
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

John F. Wacker is a laboratory fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. Dr. Wacker currently works on nuclear forensic analysis and related fields, as well as working on projects that improve and utilize various ultratrace analytical techniques. He supports both the US and international Technical Nuclear Forensics communities as a lead technical expert on the laboratory analysis of nuclear and radiological materials and on nuclear materials production and usage. From May 2007 to May 2010, Dr. Wacker was detailed to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, DC where he served as the chief scientist on the Nuclear Materials Information Program. In his role he advised the DOE and other US Government agencies and departments on issues relating to nuclear materials and nuclear forensics. Since returning to PNNL in May 2010, he has continued advising the DOE on issues that include nuclear material analysis, sample archives and data libraries, as well as assisting at the interagency level in the development of policy-level requirements for nuclear forensics. Prior to May 2007, Dr. Wacker managed research and development programs at PNNL that developed and applied nuclear detection and analysis techniques for the DOE and other US government departments and agencies. From 1993 to 2004, Dr. Wacker managed an analytical laboratory at PNNL that performs nuclear material analyses in support of environmental analysis, treaty verification, and other nuclear safeguards activities. Dr. Wacker earned a PhD in planetary sciences from the University of Arizona and a SB in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.