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DOE Press Release
November 28, 2000

News Media Contact:
Bill Wicker, 202-586-5806

Secretary Richardson Announces Fellowship
To Research History of Atomic Age

Scholarship Honors Nuclear Pioneer Dr. Glenn Seaborg,
Aims To Provide Definitive Record of Nuclear Era

U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has established a new Energy Department fellowship that will take a look at more than five decades of nuclear history. The "Glenn T. Seaborg Fellowship in Nuclear History" will focus on the atomic age, from its birth to the present, and is intended to provide quality scholarship for broad public distribution.

Secretary Richardson announced the fellowship today during a visit to Augusta, Ga., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site. "This fellowship will allow students to spend an academic year in Washington, D.C. helping the Energy Department write the definitive history of this era," Secretary Richardson said. "This will be a story written for people -- not historians -- and it will help remind everyone of the sacrifices and strides made during this era."

Named in honor of the Nobel-winning pioneer of the atomic age, the fellowship provides an opportunity for college students to spend a year in Washington, D.C., helping the Department of Energy write the definitive history of this era. Dr. Seaborg, who died last year, was a Manhattan Project pioneer, Nobel Laureate, head of the Atomic Energy Commission, presidential advisor, University of California-Berkeley chancellor and respected science educator.

The Seaborg Fellowship is open to all recent American History majors currently enrolled in a doctorate program in the United States. Fellows will receive a stipend and reimbursement for round-trip transportation between Washington, D.C., and their home or campus.

The fellowship is for one academic year. To learn more, please contact Chief Historian Skip Gosling, U.S. Department of Energy, Room 7E-054 Forestall Building, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20585 (skip.gosling@hq.doe.gov).

Release No. R-00-294


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