FACULTY AWARD: Charles Gentile wins Christopher Columbus Award

Charles Gentile, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2010 Homeland Security Award sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and AgustaWestland North America. Gentile was among four honored during an Oct. 5 ceremony in Washington, D.C., for "cutting edge technology in the diverse arena of homeland security." Gentile received the $25,000 award in the field of Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Chemical and Explosive Attacks for his work in the development of the Miniature Integrated Nuclear Detection System which can rapidly identify radioactive materials.