Program Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
TOPIC: The Chain Reaction of Collaboration
Clarice Phelps is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she gained her B.S. in Chemistry. She is currently finishing up her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Nuclear and Radiochemistry) at UT Austin. After serving in the United States Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, Clarice began working at Oak Ridge National Lab in 2009. She was a part of the team that helped to purify the Bk-249 used to confirm the discovery of element 117, Tennessine. She was the first African American Woman to be involved with element discovery. Clarice has done spectroscopy work with Plutonium 238 and Neptunium 237 for the Pu-238 program for NASA at ORNL. In 2017 she was awarded the YWCA Tribute to Women Award for Technology, Research and Innovation and in 2019 she was honored by IUPAC Periodic Table of Younger Chemists representing the element Es. She currently serves as the Ni-63 and Se-75 project lead as well as serving on several diversity and outreach committees at ORNL and in the community.