Fisk University receives 2013 R&D 100 Award

Fisk University’s LISe: A High-Efficiency Thermal Neutron Detector has been selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine as a recipient of a 2013 R&D 100 Award for its role in the development of more effective and economical neutron radiation detection sensors. Fisk is the only minority serving institution ever to win this prestigious recognition.

R&D 100 Awards, also nicknamed the "Oscars of Science", identify the 100 most significant, newly introduced research and development advances in multiple scientific disciplines. The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most technologically significant national and international innovations of the year.

This is Fisk’s 4th R&D Award with previous awards in 1998, 2001 and 2010. Fisk is sharing this award with the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, both national facilities of the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge TN.Fisk’s role in this innovative project is the growth and optimization of lithium indium diselenide crystals. The old generation of detectors is based on helium-3, a rare isotope of helium. In recent years, the world is experiencing a severe shortage of this gas as the demand for national security applications grew and exceeded the supply delivered by the nuclear weapon program. Research in the area of crystal growth at Fisk, a key element in radiation detection devices, has been ongoing for almost 27 years.

"We are extremely pleased to obtain this recognition. The new compact but highly sensitive device will keep our ports and major cities safe and secure. In addition, there are a myriad of applications that Dr. Arnold Burger, who leads the Fisk team, and their research partners are envisioning," said Fisk President H. James Williams. "The groundbreaking discovery of these neutron detectors is critically important due to their applications in national security, as well as, in medicine, space, environmental science, oil-logging, and other scientific and industrial applications".


  1. Title IX
  2. Fisk Student Selected for Summer Research Experience at National Institute
  3. Fisk Inks Partnership Agreements with Nine Chinese Universities
  4. Trustees Establish Global Studies Fund
  5. Math Club Orientation
  6. Lady Patriot
  7. Nashville Freedom Schools' - Newsletter
  8. The walk for healthcare
  9. Sesquicentennial Art Project artist selected
  10. Volleyball Camp
  11. Awarded Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency
  12. Board of Trustees - New Members
  13. Los Angeles Fisk Alumni Association | Jazz Brunch
  14. Mandatory Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal 2
  15. Mandatory Senior Class Commencement Rehearsal 1
  16. President Announces Tuition Freeze & CFO Appointment
  17. Fisk 100 Revisited
  18. A $50,000 Makeover for Fisk Student Areas
  19. Student Leaders for 2015-2016 Academic Year
  20. Fisk University Associate Professor Dr. Lean'tin Bracks Has A Banner Year
  21. Inaugural Valda Montgomery Child Health Symposium Held at ASU
  22. Paine College Names Fisk Alumna Provost and VP of Academic Affairs
  23. Students Challenge State Voter ID Law
  24. 2015 Fisk University Baseball Team
  25. Swing Low Sweet Chariot moment captured on new Exeter Pound note
  26. Alumna Named Executive Director
  27. Alumnus Issues $500,000 Challenge to All Alumni
  28. Registration Opens for 2015 Maymester, Summer, and Fall Terms on March 16th!
  29. 2015 Retool Your School
  30. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.18.15)
  31. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.17.15)
  32. University Closed - Due to Inclement Weather(02.16.15)
  33. Live Demonstration of Mediation
  34. Fisk University News - January 2015
  35. Dr. Natalie Arnett selected for Prestigous Five-Year NSF Career Award
  36. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Convocation
  37. Advertisement - Vice President for Finance & Administration
  38. Fisk president discusses historic university's current state and future
  39. Happy Holidays from the Fisk University Family
  40. Christmas at Fisk
  41. Mark Crowder wins National ABRCMS Award
  42. 2014 Fisk Homecoming
  43. First Lifetime Achievement Award to Trustee Emerita Leatrice B. McKissack
  45. Fisk University Maintains National Rankings
  46. Increased Enrollment For Third ConsecutiveYear
  47. Jazzy 88 WFSK Begins 2014 Fall Fund Drive with 9th Annual 48-hour Radiothon
  48. American Red Cross | Blood Drive
  49. Jubilee Day
  50. Sesquicentennial Art Commission
  51. New Student Orientation Fall 2014
  52. From a Spark to a Flame:
  53. Dr. Gladys Inez Ford
  54. Van Vechten Art Gallery
  55. New Student Orientation at-a-glance Fall 2014
  56. Fisk University Pre-College Summer Program
  57. Baccalaureate and Commencement 2014
  58. Gables Elementary
  59. Press Release 04/24/14
  60. Press Release 04/10/14
  61. Fisk wins HCASC challenge
  62. Retool Your School
  63. 2014 Scholars Weekend Schedule
  64. Campus Safety Awareness Week
  65. 85th Annual Spring Arts Festival - Schedule
  66. Business Week at Fisk University
  67. 2014 Honors Convocation
  68. 16th Annual Fisk Research Symposium (FRS) - Call for Abstracts
  69. Fisk University and the Los Angeles Alumni Association of Fisk Univeristy
  70. Fisk University has made great strides in past year
  71. Prelaw Seminar at Fisk University
  72. Keynote at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Convocation
  73. SACSCOC Reaffirms University’s Accreditation
  74. Last Night's Art Talk: Alicia Henry and Jaamal Sheats at Fisk
  75. Fisk University Presents “Christmas at Fisk”
  76. Fisk Alumni Article Featured in the Marin Independent Journal
  77. Stieglitz Collection Unveiled at Fisk’s Partner, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  78. Fisk Homecoming Schedule
  79. Outlook Email Outage
  80. Fisk Homecoming
  81. Allstate Quotes for Education
  82. Nashvillians reflect on March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr
  83. Fisk University Celebrates its Trailblazing Students
  84. Honorary Degree Nominations
  85. Fisk University receives 2013 R&D 100 Award
  86. Fisk AVP Jonathan M. Frost named a finalist for 2013 NELA Awards
  87. Golf Outing with Fisk President H. James Williams
  88. Fisk Alumna Mary K. Bush featured on television program