In Memoriam: Milton Levenson, former President of the ANS, NSSC Board Member

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The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium is sad to report Milton Levenson, esteemed member of our Advisory Board passed away earlier this year. Levenson worked in the field of nuclear energy for over 60 years, and was the President of the American Nuclear Society from 1983-1984.

Levenson was interviewed by the Atomic Heritage Foundation in 2017. In the interview he discusses his work with the Manhattan project, and his post-war career. We thank him for his contributions to the field.


Daniel Rutstrom, NSSC Fellow at UTK, wins multiple awards including Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D award

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Congratulations to NSSC Fellow Daniel Rutstrom, an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his many recent accomplishments!

Daniel was named a 2018 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award Winner. Daniel won as part of the Competition for Students who Attend Universities with Less than $600M in 2015 Science and Engineering R&D Expenditures, for his work on Investigating new activators for small-bandgap LaX3 (X = Br, I) scintillators.

Daniel was also recently awarded the Silver Award from the Office of Research and Engagement, and 3rd place in the College of Engineering research category as part of The Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Daniel also received the Roberto Benson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Daniel works with faculty advisor Dr. Mariya Zhuravleva of UTK, and Dr. Bryan Chakoumakos of ORNL.

Congratulations Daniel!



Invitation to Video Game Playtest – Meet with game developers!

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The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) invites you to playtest a video game (SIGNAL) developed in partnership between UC Berkeley students and scientists from both Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. This game will be used as part of a research effort toward studying conflict escalation and strategic stability of nations.  Players will take the role of their nation’s leader, each competing against the other to secure their people’s prosperity through economic, military, and diplomatic means.

Participants will get to meet the game developers and provide valuable feedback as they prepare for the game’s release later this year.  Please bring a laptop to play, along with your appetite as food & beverages will be provided.

Send your RSVP to attend or questions by email to Charlotte Carr ( with the subject “SIGNAL Playtest”.  We look forward to playing with you! 

What:  SIGNAL Playtest

Where:  Cory Hall, UC Berkeley (Rm 241)

When: November 14th, 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

RSVP: to Charlotte Carr (