ASR Veteran Calling it a Career

Published: 29 March 2021
Brookhaven National Laboratory's Stephen Springston is ready for the next "phase change."
Brookhaven National Laboratory’s (BNL) Stephen Springston is ready for the next “phase change.” Photo is by Andrea Starr, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Say it ain’t so

Veteran ASR scientist Stephen R. Springston of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is retiring on March 31, 2021. A chemist by training, he refers to the move as a “phase change,” as when matter transitions from one state to another.

Springston has worked at BNL since 1986, “an honor I can’t begin to fully describe,” he says in praise of colleagues, who include “scientists, technicians, staff, tradespeople, and local support.”

Who they all are, exactly, “would exhaust memory, notes, and photographs,” says Springston.

A large piece of his BNL career is connected to the Atmospheric System Research program (read a 2020 ASR profile). And for more than a decade, he has been a lead instrument mentor—designated expert and manager—for the ARM Aerosol Observing Systems (AOS). He also oversees multiple other instrument systems.

For some perspective on Springston’s 35 years of service to science at BNL: Around 1986, he laid out $2,100 (more than $5,000 in today’s dollars) for an IBM computer.

Read the full story on the ARM website.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.