Atomic advancer

The Postal Service dedicated its Chien-Shiung Wu stamp Feb. 11, honoring a one of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century and a determined advocate for women in science.

The virtual ceremony, which was streamed on the USPS Facebook and Twitter pages, occurred on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

“It is a privilege to represent the U.S. Postal Service as we honor the life and achievements of Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, and we believe that today … is perfect timing for this dedication,” said Kristin Seaver, the organization’s chief retail and delivery officer.

During a career that spanned more than 40 years in a field dominated by men, Wu (1912-1997) established herself as an authority on conducting precise and accurate research to test fundamental theories of physics.

Wu moved to the United States from China in 1936 and earned her doctorate in nuclear physics in 1940 from the University of California, Berkeley.

She later worked on uranium enrichment and radiation detectors for the Manhattan Project during World War II and made invaluable contributions to the experimental process of splitting and harnessing the power of the uranium atom, key to the production of the world’s first atomic bomb.

Other speakers during the ceremony included Vincent Yuan, a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Wu’s son; Jada Yuan, Wu’s granddaughter; and Brian Greene, a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

The stamp, available at Post Offices and, features a detailed portrait of Wu wearing a black-and-white high-collared traditional Chinese gown known as a qipao.

“I am elated to have my mother honored by USPS on a postage stamp because I believe it goes beyond recognizing her scientific achievements; it also honors the determination and moral qualities that she embodied,” Vincent Yuan said. “It’s even more profound that the recognition comes from America, the country of her naturalization that she loved.”

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Striking a Blue note

Inside Blue, the latest #PostalProud initiative, features employees praising the contributions of their colleagues.

One of the subjects is Perry, IA, Postmaster Janelle Hall, who received a shout-out for her creative problem-solving.

During the holidays, when Hall encountered a retailer’s package that didn’t have a name or address, she put her detective skills to work and tracked down the intended recipient: a man who had ordered special sneakers for his wife as a Christmas present.

“The customer was so happy,” Dawn Cook, a Hawkeye District consumer and industry contact manager, says in an Inside Blue post praising Hall.

Other posts focus on Will Harris, a Baltimore letter carrier who has befriended a little girl on his route who dressed like him for Halloween and invited him to her virtual birthday party, and Tina Walker, a Jacksonville, FL, mail processing clerk who sends love to the Postal Service’s letter carriers.

“They not only deal with being face-to-face with the pandemic, but with daily elements such as the weather and dogs. They make sure the letters I process, as well as important packages, are delivered to our customers in a prompt, courteous manner,” Walker writes in her post.

Inside Blue, which runs each year from January through March, is part of the broader #PostalProud initiative.

The other series in the initiative include Behind the Eagle (April through June), Beyond the Blue (July through September) and Peek Into Peak (October through December).

Each series consists of employee spotlights that are delivered each weekday through multiple communications channels, including Blue and LiteBlue pages and the Lead to Win newsletter.

Play it again

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: Denzel Washington directed, produced and starred in a film adaptation of (blank), a play by this year’s Black Heritage stamp subject, August Wilson.

a) “Fences”
b) “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
c) “The Piano Lesson”
d) “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”

2. When is the deadline to submit nominations for the Engagement Leader of the Year Awards?

a) Feb. 15
b) Feb. 28
c) March 1
d) March 31

3. True or false: The Postal Service is highlighting the Rural Reach employee lead program in February.

a) True
b) False

4. Whose original artwork appears on the Year of the Ox stamp?

a) David Cooper
b) Camille Chew
c) Tim O’Brien
d) Bailey Sullivan

5. Match the president in Column A with the White House room where he displayed a portrait of Ben Franklin in Column B.

Column A
a) George W. Bush
b) Gerald Ford
c) John F. Kennedy

Column B
I) Oval Office
II) Roosevelt Room
III) Treaty Room

Answers: 1) a. 2) b. 3) b. USPS is highlighting the Mail Handlers employee lead program in February. 4) b. 5) a. III., b. I., c. II.

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