NSSC Awarded Additional $25M NNSA Grant for Nuclear Science and Security Research

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Through Grant, Consortium of Eight Universities to Continue Work with Nuclear Labs on Research & Development

WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced a grant award of $25 million to a University of California, Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and security. This long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years. The grant, awarded for the second time to the Berkeley-led consortium, followed announcement of a funding opportunity issued in May 2015.

The other consortium members include Michigan State University; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Irvine; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; George Washington University; Texas A&M University; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. These eight universities partner with five national laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.

“NNSA pursues its mission in nuclear security through the application of world-class capabilities, and meets the evolving challenges of tomorrow through our commitment to innovation and research in the fundamental sciences needed to adapt to this dynamic yet enduring nonproliferation and nuclear security mission,” said Anne Harrington, NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “I am confident that more basic research efforts in academia will complement the applied efforts of the national laboratories and industry in supporting the critically important national security goals of our country.”

One of the missions of the NNSA is to lead investment in the R&D of new technologies in support of the Nation’s nuclear security and nonproliferation goals. To meet this mission, DOE/NNSA sponsors R&D across all disciplines of nuclear science and security. The consortium’s three primary objectives supporting this mission are:

  • Provide an effective conduit for integration of basic academic and applied national laboratory research.
  • Provide basic research in concepts, technologies, and paradigms that is complementary to lab research and required for meeting the nonproliferation mission.
  • Prepare new nonproliferation experts for careers in the DOE laboratories and related federal service.

The new consortium will carry out R&D in four technical areas: nuclear and particle physics; radiochemistry and forensics; nuclear engineering; and nuclear instrumentation and radiation detection. Linking these R&D areas are four crosscutting disciplines: nuclear data; modeling and simulation; nuclear security policy; and education and training. Together they provide a framework that yields new ideas, relevant technology developments, and equips personnel with the integrated capabilities required for the nuclear security mission. Other non-DOE organizations that will benefit from the consortium include the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and the Intelligence Community.



2016 ACS Nuclear Chemistry Summer Schools

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The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring two six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. The Schools are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Eastern Site, Long Island, NY) and San Jose State University (Western Site, San Jose, CA).
Fellowships include a stipend of $4000, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from the Summer School location, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Transferable college credit will be awarded through the ACS accredited chemistry programs at San Jose State University (7 units) or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (6 units).
Candidates should be undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science who are presently in their sophomore or junior year of study at a US college or university. They should have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics and one year of calculus. Applicants must be US citizens.
The deadline for applications is Feb 1, 2016.

In Memoriam: Stanley Prussin, NSSC Berkeley PI

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Professor Stanley Prussin died at home in Kensington, California on August 20, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

He received his B.S. (1960) from MIT, and his M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Michigan, all in Chemistry.  After postdoctoral work at LBNL, he joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at Berkeley in 1966, where he served until his transition to Professor of the Graduate School in 2004.

Professor Prussin was internationally recognized in nuclear physics, chemistry, and instrumentation. He was the author of a widely used book, Nuclear Physics for Applications: A Model Approach.

After 9/11, Prussin’s research turned towards nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear forensics.  Many of his former students became senior figures in the DOE labs.

Prussin was solicitous for the University’s mission of public education for the broad representation of California’s citizens, and served briefly as Associate Dean for Special Programs in the College.

In his final three years, he created a new course with Professor Michael Nacht “Nuclear Technology and Policy”, served on an IEEE/APS national study of the Domestic Nuclear Defense Organization, and did pioneering work in nuclear forensics.  He mentored his four remaining Ph.D. students up to the week of his passing.

He was a beloved colleague, student advisor, and mentor, and made valuable contributions to the radiochemistry, nuclear security policy, and education focus areas within the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. He mentored several NSSC graduate students and many other nuclear engineering and chemistry students at the University of California Berkeley. Through his strong relationships with the national laboratories, he has been able to provide many of those students with opportunities to conduct research in-residence at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Professor Prussin is survived by his wife Traudel, herself a chemist and artist, and daughters Stephanie and Alexa.

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