Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp 2016

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The NSSC and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) have partnered together since 2011 to hold the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp (PPNT). This summer’s cohort was comprised of 26 students and professionals from around the world, including participants from South Korea, Pakistan, and Iran.

The PPNT program is designed to cover important issues in U.S. nuclear strategy and policy, supported by an understanding of the scientific and historical foundations of this policy. The two week program featured speakers from an array of backgrounds including Nonproliferation History, Nuclear Forensics, International Safeguards, and US Nuclear Command and Control. Participants had opportunity to engage with these speakers, network with one another, and even tour a nuclear submarine.


Toby Dalton’s talk focused on nonproliferation in India and Pakistan.


NSSC Member, Sarah Laderman discusses the role of disarmament in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.


Nuclear Policy Working Group Members have the opportunity to speak with Scott Sagan, of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation before his talk on the Causes and Consequences of Proliferation.


UC Davis NSSC Fellow Joshua Gearhart and NSSC Scientific Director Bethany Goldblum detect the radiation of a smoke detector.


UC Berkeley NSSC Members at the closing reception of the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp.





NSSC Students at the National Laboratories

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NSSC graduate and undergraduate students perform summer research at our partner national laboratories. This image shows NSSC undergraduate research assistant Isaac Meyer with LANL mentor Todd Urbatsch reviewing simulation results of hohlraums (capsules) helping to improve their performance to assist in the collection of atomic data at extremely high temperatures.