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Joanna Fowler, a senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, was one of three recipients of the 1999 Achievement Award presented by the Engineers Joint Committee of Long Island, a professional organization with over 10,000 members. Dr. Fowler, along with David R. Douchette, associate dean of the Long Island campus of Polytechnic University, and Chester C. Kelsey, a senior partner of The Bowne Organization, all received plaques in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and society. Through the use of an imaging technology called positron emission tomography (PET), Dr. Fowler has made major contributions to the understanding of the biological processes in addiction, aging and drug action. While expertise in chemistry and medicine is crucial for such studies, advances in engineering have been a key factor in obtaining high-quality images. Dr. Fowler earned her B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Florida in 1964 and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1967. Except for a year as a senior research associate at the University of East Norwich, England, Dr. Fowler has spent her entire career at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Fowler is a resident of Bellport, NY.