Liane Russell's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is honoring Russell, a former ORNL scientist and a world-renowned scientific scholar, through a fellowship opportunity for future scientific researchers.

The Liane B. Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship will be awarded to scientists and engineers who have demonstrated outstanding scientific ability and research interests that align with those of the Department of Energy and ORNL.

The candidates for the award must have received their doctorate degrees within the past seven years and has an emphasis on women and minority candidates.

"We're privileged to have the legacy of someone as scientifically accomplished and socially conscious as Liane Russell to associate with these grants," Thom Mason, ORNL director, said.

Russell's research and discoveries on the susceptibility of embryos to radiation led to changes in radiological practices for female patients of child-bearing age.

In addition, she has also contributed to some of the most universally significant Mouse House discoveries, which focused on the role of X and Y chromosomes in humans and sex determination.

Bill Cabage, ORNL communications staff member, specified that these fellowships encourage and enable talented newcomers to contribute to current talent at the laboratory. Ideally, the fellowships will also establish productive careers.

Russell, a native Austrian, and her late husband, Bill, embody such ambitions.

Arriving in Oak Ridge to establish the mammalian genetics laboratory, the couple was overwhelmed by the city's natural beauty.

Inspired, Russell and her husband led the movement that resulted in the preservation of the Obed River as a National Wild and Scenic River. In addition, their efforts gave way to the formation of the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

Throughout Russell's career, opportunities for women in scientific fields were scarce and they often faced discrimination.

"In my life, I was very fortunate in being given opportunities to pursue my own ideas in exciting research areas," Russell said. "But this is, sadly, not the case for many young women who are hoping for scientific careers and ending up in merely supporting roles, perhaps doing only routine jobs. So, I'm particularly honored to have my name attached to this program."

Cabbage asserted the importance of a diverse team of minds in research and scholarly endeavors.

"Scientific research is often a collaborative enterprise, and early career researchers bring new ideas and perspectives to challenging problems," he said.

"ORNL is a major scientific employer in Knoxville, and these are high-quality jobs, and the people who come to the area often contribute enormously to the communities they live in beyond the research they do."