On December 20, 2018, renowned geneticist Dr. Liane Russell visited AMSE! She saw the exhibit that spotlights her and her work, and she visited with AMSE staff and visitors. Dr. Russell is known for her work in ORNL’s “Mouse House” that led to her discovery of mammals’ chromosomes that determine sex. She was born in Austria to a Jewish family that escaped the Holocaust. She received her PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1945. She and her husband were research partners who began working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1947. Dr. Russell retired from ORNL in 2002. In addition to their work at the laboratory, she and her husband became very active in wilderness conservation. Dr. Russell was one of the founding members of the group Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, which was instrumental in preserving the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed National Wild and Scenic River.
Dr. Russell continues to be active in the Oak Ridge community as an advocate and scientific resource. AMSE was very excited to host Dr. Russell and to show her the exhibit about her work!