Dr. Donald H. Williams, professor of chemistry at Hope College, has received a national award for his ability to communicate with the public.

          The American Nuclear Society presented Williams
  its "Public Communications Award" for 1998 on Tuesday, June
  9, during the society's National Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
  He was recognized for his ability to explain complicated
  issues in understandable terms as they relate to nuclear
  power production and nuclear waste.
          Williams has taught at Hope College for 29 years,
  and chairs the state committee charged with examining ways
  to handle the low-level-radioactive waste generated in
  Michigan.  He has consulted often for the U.S. Department of
  Energy's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management,
  the office charged with the responsibility of isolating
  high-level-radioactive waste.  He has created a course at
  Hope College on the environmental consequences of electrical
  power generation.
          He has recently presented the topic of nuclear
  waste issues as a keynote address for national education
  groups such as the Elderhostel Institute.  He conducts
  workshops for teachers on these and related subjects nearly
  every summer.
          "Nuclear waste will not disappear through
  opposition to nuclear power," Williams said.  "In fact, this
  challenge can be best met by informed citizens working with
  professionals in open dialogue with respect and attention to
          Williams noted that he has appreciated being able
  to serve as an impartial source for those wrestling with the
  issues, legislators among them.  "Being with a private
  college has given me the objectivity sought by legislative
  staff members who seek for a reality check, a situation that
  I treasure," he said.
          The national "Public Communications Award"
  includes a cash prize and a plaque.  In 1986, Williams won a
  similar award from the Michigan Section of the American
  Nuclear Society.