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Charles Springer, a senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Dr. Springer was one of nine members of the approximately 4,500-member Society who received this honor at its Sixth Annual Meeting, held in Sydney, Australia. The Fellows were commended for contributions to "the field of magnetic resonance through their scientific work and to the Society for their service to it." Though introduced over 25 years ago and now used routinely to diagnose numerous diseases, in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance - its imaging form is called MRI - is still undergoing tremendous development. At Brookhaven Lab, researchers are discovering new, fundamental aspects of MRI, and they are using the technique to probe the functioning of the human brain and its chemical changes in disease states. After receiving his B.S. in chemistry in 1962 from St. Louis University, Dr. Springer earned his M.S. in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1967, both in chemistry, from Ohio State University. He spent 1965-68 as a research chemist in the Aerospace Research Laboratories at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, before becoming a member of the chemistry faculty at SUNY Stony Brook. He joined Brookhaven in 1994. Dr. Springer resides with his wife, Karen, in Shoreham.