Release 3/23/99

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Islip Town Honors Brookhaven Lab Researcher

UPTON, NY - Denise Monteleone, a computer analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, will be among eight women honored by Islip Town for their significant contributions to society. The women, along with a women's association, will be honored at an Islip Town Hall ceremony on March 25, as part of the observance of National Women's History Month.

Ms. Monteleone graduated from West Islip High School in 1981 and attended C.W. Post College, Long Island University, where she received the Norman P. Marengo Award for Outstanding Research for an Undergraduate. She was the first student in the U.S. to graduate with a B.S. in Computational Biology.
While a student at C.W. Post, Ms. Monteleone had a guest appointment at Brookhaven Lab from 1983-1984. She was hired in 1985 as a biology associate and promoted to computer analyst in 1997.

At Brookhaven, Ms. Monteleone is a member of a team that won two R&D 100 awards. Research & Development magazine gives these awards annually for the year's top 100 technological achievements - innovations that have transformed basic science research into useful products. Ms. Monteleone is a part of the team led by Brookhaven Lab senior biophysicist John Sutherland that garnered the award in 1987 for a device called the IMAGESystem, which has become widely used as a research tool in molecular biology. In 1997, Dr. Sutherland's team won the award for a research tool called the Fluorescence Omnilyzer, used by biochemists, structural biologists and solid-state physicists.

Currently, Ms. Monetleone is part of a team of scientists using synchrotron radiation at Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source to study the structure of DNA and proteins. She is involved in an ongoing research project to study the damaging effects of ultraviolet and ionizing radiation on DNA. These include heavy ion damage that astronauts may encounter during missions to Mars, and UV damage to skin and plants from overexposure to sunlight.

"I am happy to receive this honor from Islip Town," said Ms. Monteleone. "I hope that my work at Brookhaven will benefit the local community, as well as the scientific community."

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Denise Monteleone is a resident of Holbrook, NY (Islip township).