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• Amentum donated $15,000 to the Pasco School District in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for the 2022-23 school year. Amentum is the parent company of Washington River Protection Solutions and Central Plateau Cleanup Co.
Graduates are: Chris Cisneros, Boys and Girls Club; Gabriel Crowell, Tirriddis Winery; Penny Gardner, Windermere Real Estate; Kevin Gilman, Prosser School District; Tom Glover, city of Prosser; Tricia Hawley; Mallory Luther, Prosser Chamber of Commerce and Dakota Renz, Renz Farmers Insurance.
Participants spent one five-hour day per month from January through July in seminars, trainings,a nd tours. The class was presented with opportunities to discuss issues with current businesses, social and political leaders. They also were tasked with a class project; this year’s class was working with SILAS Education to bring an orbital marker to Prosser.
• Erik Berglund of Pasco finished first in the men’s division of the 2022 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation World Elk Calling Championships. He gave up hunting more than a decade ago when his father died but was taken in and mentored years later by close bow hunting friends to begin again. He won all five of his matches to win the men’s division championship.
• Mirage Pool ‘n’ Spa in Kennewick recently received recognition from BIO.design for one of its local landscape pool creations that features a high-end hand-troweled Italian quartz/resin sand. Mirage recently became an installer of BIO.design pools because of their structural stability, ecofriendly building technology and reduced installation time.
Mirage was founded in 2004 and is locally owned and operated. Chad Simmonds, part owner and general manager has been building custom vinyl-lined swimming pools most of his life.
Rachel Chacko, a certified financial planner, joins the team from fellow Zero Alpha Group affiliated firm, Carlson Capital Management, in which she held a similar role for four years. She is responsible for assisting the advisory team in managing existing client relationships and supporting their development of new client relationships. Raised in Iowa, Chacko earned a doctorate in music theory from the University of Colorado in 2010 and holds a doctorate of musical arts degree in flute performance and a postgraduate artist diploma from a European conservatory. Before her role with Carlson Capital Management, she was a tenured professor in the music department at Whitman College in Walla Walla.
Lily McKeirnan joins the team with a bachelor of science in mathematics and a minor in computer science from Whitworth University in 2018. After graduation, she traveled to Thailand where she taught high school computer science, e-commerce and English. Upon returning to the U.S., she earned a master in teaching degree and then moved to Seoul, South Korea, to teach elementary English.
Deb Gracio, Harry Miley, Wendy Shaw, Wei-Jun Qian, Jie Xiao and Chongmin Wang join a group of scientists and engineers from across the state for their outstanding scientific and technical achievements as well as leadership. Academy members provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making and work to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state.
The PNNL scientists will join a 2022 class of new members composed of 25 newly-elected members and five new members from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine who live or work in Washington state. New members will be inducted at the 15th annual members’ meeting on Sept. 15.
Gracio is associate laboratory director of PNNL’s National Security Directorate.
Miley is a senior scientist, laboratory fellow and a global leader in nuclear explosion detection and monitoring.
Shaw is chief science and technology officer in PNNL’s Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate.
Qian is a laboratory fellow in the Integrative Omics group in the Biological Sciences Division at PNNL and a bioanalytical chemist who joined the laboratory in 2002.
Xiao, a materials scientist, is a world leader in electrochemical energy storage. Her work spans fundamental science explorations as well as demonstrations and practical applications vital for a clean energy future.
Wang is a materials scientist with the Environmental Transformations and Interactions group in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Division and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory user program.
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