Issued 3/24/99
#99-25

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Brookhaven Town Honors Two Brookhaven Lab Scientists

UPTON, NY - Carol Creutz and C. Ruth Kempf, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, were among 12 women honored for their accomplishments and contributions to Brookhaven Town.

Both were guests of honor at the Town-sponsored Women's Recognition Night on March 23, as part of the observance of National Women's History Month. Dr. Creutz and Dr. Kempf were recognized for their excellence in science.

An inorganic chemist who has done basic research in solar-energy conversion, Dr. Creutz is the chair of Brookhaven Lab's Chemistry Department and oversees the work of about 100 employees who perform basic and applied research in chemistry. Dr. Creutz earned her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1966, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1971. Before she joined Brookhaven as a research associate in 1972, Dr. Creutz was an assistant professor at Georgetown University.
Dr. Creutz served as a councilor for the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Division, 1992-95; and she was on the editorial board of the journal Inorganic Chemistry from 1988-91. She was also a member of the National Science Foundation Panel on Research Opportunities for Women, in 1990, and a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Women's Program Review, in 1992. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Prudent Practices for Handling, Storage, and Disposal of Chemicals in the Laboratory from 1992-95, and she is currently a member of the National Research Council Panel on Laboratory Design.

Dr. Creutz commented, "I have lived in the Town of Brookhaven for more than 25 years and have been part of its namesake - Brookhaven National Laboratory - equally as long, so it is a special honor and pleasure for me to be recognized by the Town. It is especially gratifying to receive community recognition for conducting research which has itself given me such great satisfaction and pleasure."

Dr. Kempf is deputy chair of Brookhaven Lab's Department of Advanced Technology, whose 160 employees work in such areas as energy generation and use, environmental and waste technology, national security, and novel technology development and applications. A nuclear safeguards and arms control expert, Dr. Kempf is also director of a high-profile, national security program, which is focused on helping secure Russian weapons-usable nuclear materials that are spread over many sites throughout Russia.

Dr. Kempf did both undergraduate and graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds bachelor's degrees in chemistry and German, a master's degree in radioanalytical chemistry, and she received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1982. Dr. Kempf was an assistant professor of chemistry at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, during her last year of graduate school, before joining Brookhaven Lab in 1982.

Dr. Kempf is chair of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management's Nonproliferation and Arms Control Technical Division. She worked from 1990 to 1992 as special technical advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and has subsequently participated in numerous delegations dealing with U.S.-Russian nuclear materials security initiatives. In 1995, she served on a panel of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which produced a classified report to the President that dealt with U.S.-Russian nuclear security issues and has served as the basis for subsequent U.S. policy developments in this area.

"It is very gratifying to see Brookhaven Town recognize the contributions made by women to our community," Dr. Kempf said. "I am hopeful that my work at Brookhaven Lab supporting nonproliferation and control of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons can benefit our local community, as well as the nation and the world."


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