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Released March 2, 1998
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Image of Dr. Marburger speaking to employees
UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory began a new era today when Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) started its first work day as the contractor for the Laboratory's operation.
New BNL director John Marburger marked the occasion by meeting with many of Brookhaven's 3,000 employees at stops on a Labwide van tour. He was accompanied by his Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Peter Paul, and his Deputy Director for Operations, Thomas Sheridan.
"This is a day for hope and for optimism," Marburger said. "Today, we look forward to the task of integrating Brookhaven's world-class science with a respect for the environment and involvement by our local community."
Said U.S. Secretary of Energy Federico Peña, "Together, the Department, Dr. Marburger, and the BSA team will continue our efforts to rebuild trust and confidence with the Brookhaven community. Our goal is clear - to do world-class science, while ensuring public health, employee safety and the protection of the environment."
BSA succeeds Associated Universities, Inc., which had operated BNL since its founding in 1947. Secretary Peña announced the termination of AUI's contract in May 1997, citing AUI's lack of attention to environment, safety and health as well as lack of trust with the community. That decision set in motion a bidding process that ended in November with the announcement that BSA would be awarded the new contract.
The new contract for the Laboratory's management and operation was signed on January 5, starting a transition period that allowed BSA to prepare for its role as contractor.
"In the past two months," Marburger said, "we have learned what a magnificent institution BNL is, and set our sights on ways to make it even better. I and my deputies thank the entire Laboratory staff and the transition team for their hard work, and AUI for their gracious help during this transition."
BSA is a nonprofit research management corporation founded jointly by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York on behalf of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Battelle Memorial Institute.
BSA's sixteen-member board of directors is headed by Shirley Strum Kenny, President of SUNY Stony Brook, with Battelle Chief Executive Officer Douglas Olesen serving as vice chair. The board includes members from Battelle, Stony Brook, and six participating universities: Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Yale.
BSA's primary objectives at BNL are to:
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Dr. John Marburger (at right, gesturing) speaks to BNL employees
in the Physics
Department on his 15-stop tour of the Laboratory on March 2, his first work day as
BNL Director. To his right are his two deputies, Dr. Peter Paul, Deputy Director
for Science and Technology, and Thomas Sheridan, Deputy Director for Operations.