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.


In Memoriam: Prof. Joonhong Ahn

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Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley and NSSC collaborator and friend, Joonhong Ahn died in Japan on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Since his diagnosis in April 2015 with advanced liver cancer and throughout his treatment regimen, he maintained a relentless pace of work in service to the profession, the department and his students.

Professor Ahn received B.S., M.S. and D.Eng. degrees at the University of Tokyo, and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, studying under Professor Paul Chambré and Professor Thomas Pigford of our Department. In addition to being a member of the Nuclear Engineering Department, where he served recently both as Vice Chair and Head Graduate Adviser, he was a Geological Faculty Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division of LBNL, and a Core Faculty Member of the Center for Japanese Studies within the Institute of East Asian Studies.

Professor Ahn’s research broadly encompassed the entire nuclear fuel cycle, with particular emphasis on mathematical modeling and computational analyses for performance assessment of geological disposal, safeguards and radiological safety. He was a leading expert on Asian nuclear power and traveled frequently to the Asia-Pacific region advising governments and industry, along with his extensive academic collaborations. After the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Power Plant in 2011, engineering resilience, resilient communities and the science-technology-society nexus became a major focus of his research. Professor Ahn played a key role in standing up the engineering ethics program at UC Berkeley. His service assignments, accomplishments and recognitions are too numerous to cite here; a proper and complete tribute will be published in the near future. The Department in conjunction with the Center for Japanese Studies plans to hold a memorial service early in the fall semester.

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