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In a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Mary Josephine Bellanca (pictured) of East Setauket, received the Gertrude S. Goldhaber Prize. Administered by Brookhaven Women in Science, the $500 prize was first awarded in 1992 in honor of Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber, the renowned scientist who was Brookhaven Lab's first woman nuclear physicist. The prize recognizes substantial promise and accomplishment by a woman graduate student in physics who is either enrolled at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook or is performing thesis research at Brookhaven Lab. At the awards ceremony, Ms. Bellanca, who expects to earn her Ph.D. this August, met with former Brookhaven Lab Director Maurice Goldhaber (pictured), who was married to Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber. Upon his wife's death this past February, Dr. Goldhaber asked that contributions in her memory be made to the Goldhaber Prize. Due to the generous outpouring of contributions, a second prize was awarded this year to Shan-Ho Tsai, who earned her Ph.D. in physics from SUNY Stony Brook in May. She was unable to attend the awards ceremony, since she had begun work in a postdoctoral position at the University of Georgia.