Issued 10/21/98

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Betsy Sutherland, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been elected to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Alumni Academic Hall of Fame.

Pictured here in her alma mater's Hall of Fame with Dr. John Peters, the university's Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sutherland is one of ten distinguished alumni who have received this recognition since it was first instituted four years ago to observe the bicentennial of the founding of the university in 1794.

After earning a B.S. and M.S. in biology in 1964 and 1965, respectively, from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Sutherland received her Ph.D. in radiation biology from the University of Tennessee in 1967. She completed her postdoctoral work at the Walter Reed Research Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1972, she joined the University of California, Irvine, where she was on the faculty until 1977, the year she came to Brookhaven Lab.

Dr. Sutherland investigates DNA damage and repair in organisms exposed to low doses of radiation or chemicals, and she has produced more than 125 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Among her many honors, in 1985 Dr. Sutherland was the first woman to receive the U.S. Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Atomic Energy. Dr. Sutherland resides in Wading River, New York.