US Senate Confirms Dr. Kathryn Huff for Asst. Sec. of Energy, DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy

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The United States Senate confirmed Dr. Kathryn Huff to be assistant secretary of energy at DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. The following statement can be attributed to Maria Korsnick, president and chief executive officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute: 

“NEI applauds the Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Kathryn Huff as the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary of energy for the Office of Nuclear Energy. Dr. Huff’s deep knowledge of nuclear technologies is pivotal to the success of not only the current nuclear fleet but the next generation of carbon-free nuclear technologies. Dr. Huff continues to demonstrate her exceptional commitment to nuclear carbon-free energy through programs which support the research, development, demonstration and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies. We look forward to working with the incoming assistant secretary to continue our progress toward securing a carbon-free future for America.” 

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Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University

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After a decades-long wait, a US$942 million accelerator in Michigan is officially inaugurating on 2 May. Its experiments will chart unexplored regions of the landscape of exotic atomic nuclei and shed light on how stars and supernova explosions create most of the elements in the Universe. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing had a budget of $730 million, most of it funded by the US Department of Energy, with a $94.5 million contribution from the state of Michigan. MSU contributed an additional $212 million in various ways, including the land. It replaces an earlier National Science Foundation accelerator, called the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), at the same site. Construction of FRIB started in 2014 and was completed late last year, “five months early and on budget”, says nuclear physicist Bradley Sherrill, who is FRIB’s science director.

More information here.

An aerial view of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on the campus of Michigan State University.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Postbac in Applied Data Science at UC Berkeley.

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The Complexity Science research team in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist in machine learning and algorithm development. The goal of this work, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is to develop and apply transferable multi-source machine learning methods to classify nuclear operations—such as reactor operational states, fuel delivery, and reactor refueling—at previously unseen facilities. Bachelor’s degree in computer science, physics, nuclear engineering or related disciplines required. 

Apply here: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03326

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