2018 - Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award---Perkins

Dr. Perkins is recognized for creating the world's best atomic force microscope (AFM) tailored to biological measurements, and using it to reveal 10 times greater detail than previously possible about the structure and dynamics of key membrane proteins. Membrane proteins are the gatekeepers of all cells, controlling which chemicals leave and enter cells, and are the target of half of all new drugs. Perkins' AFM technologies and results are already being applied to improve drug design and advance biomedical research on cancer and brain diseases, and to better understand normal physiology. Dr...

2018 - Arthur S. Flemming Award---Jimenez

For his leadership in creating new tools to observe and measure the internal chemistry and biology of individual living cells in real time, accelerating previous studies by factors of 10,000 and more. Through multidisciplinary collaborations between federal agencies, universities and industry, Jimenez combined ultrafast lasers, custom microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology and directed evolution to make real-time measurements of the inner workings of individual living cells and to select cells with unique attributes for further research.

2018 - Bronze Medal Award---Bailey-Eastman-Fischer-Schaefer-Scott

The group is recognized for developing, authoring, and maintaining Blogrige, the official blog of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) since 2010, significantly enhancing BPEP’s outreach and impact. Blogrige shares practical guidance, success stories, and inspiring examples of how Baldrige Excellence Framework concepts ensure long-term success for U.S. organizations. Since the blog’s inception, the group has expanded the conversation on recent relevant topics in performance excellence to nearly 25,000 business, health care, education, nonprofit, and government professionals;...

2018 - Bronze Medal Award---Allen-Cooksey-Tsai

The group is recognized for the establishment of an accurate database of human skin reflectance measurements for wavelengths ranging from the shortwave infrared to the ultraviolet spectral region. The measurements performed on 100 human-subject volunteers using a rigorous protocol developed by the team and approved by the NIST Institutional Review Board reveal significant differences between subjects. The results have been published and a database of the measurements has been made available on the NIST website for use in advancing optical medical imaging, computer graphics, machine vision,...

2018 - Bronze Medal Award---Hite-Leibfried-Pappas-Wilson

The team is recognized for reducing, by a factor of 100, the heating in ion traps used in quantum computing. This enables greater control of the ion quantum states, thus breaking down a large impediment to quantum computation with the traps. To do this, they innovated and applied a cleaning technique that greatly reduced noise due to surface contamination. They also pioneered an approach to integrate the technique along with multiple material diagnostic tools into an ion-trap test bed. Due to these breakthroughs, ion traps are now being developed as a feasible technology for a scalable,...

2018 - Bronze Medal Award---Gentile

Dr. Gentile is recognized for advancing the imaging of complex biological systems and for accelerating innovations in material science by developing neutron-spin tools and techniques that have been widely adopted as standard practice at nearly all neutron facilities throughout the world. Prior to his work, researchers had limited techniques and were hindered by the low degree of polarization from neutron-spin filters, discarding a high fraction of the available neutrons due to unusable polarization. Within the last two years, he expanded his techniques to include uniquely shaped, reusable gas...

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