Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Reichle joins Gas Research Institute's Research Coordination Council

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 15, 1995 — David E. Reichle, associate director for Life Sciences and Environmental Technologies at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been named to the Research Coordination Council of the Gas Research Institute (GRI).

The GRI is a not-for-profit scientific research organization that plans, manages and finances research and development in gaseous fuels. Membership consists of 22 technical leaders in the research and development community, including representatives from national laboratories, universities and private research groups. The organization makes available its information and technologies to the gas industry and gas consumers.

As a member of the GRI's Research Coordination Council, Reichle will serve as an advisor in ensuring that the GRI fulfills its mission of energy-related research and development. He will also be a liaison on behalf of the GRI as it strives to enter into cooperative research programs with the federal government and private sector research labs.

Born in Cincinnati, Reichle obtained his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He continued with a master of science and doctorate in biological science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. After teaching at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and Northwestern University, Reichle did postdoctoral work at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies from 1964 until 1966. He then joined ORNL as an associate health physicist.

From 1986 to 1990, Reichle was the director of ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division. Currently, he is responsible for all biomedical, biotechnology, environmental, chemical technology and social science research supported by the DOE and other federal agencies at ORNL.

Reichle is an adjunct professor for The University of Tennessee's Graduate Program in Ecology. He is a past chairperson and member of the advisory board of the UT/ORNL/Tennessee Valley Authority Joint Institute for Energy and the Environment as well as a member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Policy and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Reichle holds memberships with numerous domestic and international professional associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and INTECOL, an international ecological society. He is past president of the Oak Ridge Rotary Club and the Boys Club of Oak Ridge. Currently, Reichle is on the environmental review board of the Roane County Commission and is vice chairperson of the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Reichle and his wife, Donna, live in Kingston. They have a son and two daughters.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.