Dr. Yuri Oganessian, a member of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellow Class of 2014-15, was recently presented with the Lomonosov Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Acknowledged as a leading figure in experimental nuclear physics, Oganessian conducts research into nuclear reactions with a focus on the synthesis of new chemical elements. In fact, element 118 on the periodic table, oganesson (Og) , was named for Oganessian by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.