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ORAU PeerNet® used to support DOE’s Office of Science Enrico Fermi Award selection

Peer review tool provided secure access for evaluating award nominees

Feb. 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—ORAU’s electronic peer review and evaluation system, PeerNet®, was used to support the selection of recipients for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Enrico Fermi Award, a prestigious award presented by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz on behalf of President Barack Obama. This year’s awards were presented to Dr. Allen J. Bard and Dr. Andrew Sessler during the Feb. 3 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Through a contract to manage DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE), ORAU peer review specialists oversaw the merit review for the Enrico Fermi Award, providing an objective assessment of worthy candidates. PeerNet® provided independent reviewers with secure access for evaluating nomination packages based on pre-established criteria. Recommendations made by reviewers were submitted and approved by the Energy Secretary with the President accepting and approving the selections. 

“PeerNet® has been a secure and effective tool for peer review management and other evaluations for ORAU’s customers for more than a decade,” said Tony Lester ORAU vice president for scientific peer review. “The Web-based system is straightforward and streamlines the process by providing documents to reviewers for evaluation; collecting and compiling reviewers’ feedback and scores; summarizing feedback; performing scoring calculations; and providing extensive reporting of the evaluation results.”

The Enrico Fermi Award is given to encourage research excellence in energy, science and technology, and recognizes scientists, engineers and science policymakers for their outstanding achievements. Bard and Sessler received a citation signed by President Obama and Secretary Moniz, a gold medal bearing the likeness of Enrico Fermi and an equally-shared honorarium of $50,000.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

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