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PNNL Scientists Honored for Their Role in Fight Against Ebola

PNNL scientist Katrina Waters accepts the Secretary of Energy's Appreciation Award from Laboratory Director Steven Ashby, on behalf of PNNL's Ebola team. Credit: Andrea Starr/PNNL
PNNL scientist Katrina Waters accepts the Secretary of Energy’s Appreciation Award from Laboratory Director Steven Ashby, on behalf of PNNL’s Ebola team.
Credit: Andrea Starr/PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists were recently recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) for their role helping to stem the Ebola epidemic in West Africa two years ago.

Mary LancasterKabrena Rodda, Mike Spradling and Katrina Waters were honored at a recent ceremony at PNNL. The Appreciation Award was presented by Dimitri Kusnezov, chief scientist of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and Laboratory Director Steven Ashby.

The four led a PNNL team which drew on the lab’s strengths in fundamental biology, infectious disease, data analytics, emergency response, epidemiology and systems engineering during a critical time in the summer and fall of 2014, soon after the World Health Organization had declared an international health emergency.

Ashby noted that “You tackled an unprecedented challenge with passion, courage and dedication. You clearly went beyond the call of duty to support our nation’s response to this historic epidemic.”

The virus, which has caused more than 11,000 deaths in West Africa, is back in the news this week, with a new outbreak reported in the Congo.

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