Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Ron Walli (wallira@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Sensors, detectors for homeland security are focus of workshop

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 7, 2004 — National security technologies and some of the people who could help make those technologies a reality will be in the spotlight in September at a workshop hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The event, scheduled for Sept. 14-16 at the River Terrace Resort in Gatlinburg, will attract some of the world's best scientists as well as program managers, policy-makers and representatives from national laboratories, government, private agencies, academia and instrument manufacturers.

"Detector and sensor research and technology will play an increasingly important role in homeland security and national defense," said ORNL scientist and conference organizer Gary Van Berkel. "Our goal is to bring together the science, the policy makers and the sponsors and foster interaction to help push forward development in these areas."

Van Berkel recently was elected treasurer of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

In addition to numerous lectures from distinguished scientists, the event will feature products of several companies and demonstrations of sensors and detectors. Highlighted sessions will focus on mass spectrometry, including sample preparation and processing, application to forensics, and miniaturized mass spectrometers. Other sessions will focus on micro-electro-mechanical systems and various optical electrochemical and biological sensors.

The deadline for abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is July 30. The deadline for exhibits is Aug.20.

The conference, titled Detector/Sensor Research and Technology for Homeland and National Security, builds upon last year's mass spectrometry workshop in Knoxville, which attracted 170 people. Additional information is available at the Web site at: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/homeland_sec_workshop/index.html.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.