Diverse applications glean award

R&D Magazine has honored biochemist Richard Smith of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as its 2010 Scientist of the Year for his many significant contributions to science in fields as diverse as Parkinson's disease, cancer and biofuels. Described as "creative," "innovative" and "adventurous" by his colleagues, Smith has, since the 1980s, pushed technological advancements bringing analytical chemistry techniques into the domain of microbiologists and medical researchers. "I'm surprised and pleased at the honor," said Smith. "And I'm especially grateful to the incredibly talented team of researchers at the lab whom I have been able to work with."