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Posted Aug 08, 2013

National Nuclear Science Week 2013

National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW), a celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science, will be recognized for the fourth year on October 21-25, 2013. Observations of the week will include an array of week-long educational activities in South Carolina, mass field trips to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in New Mexico, and much more.

The week is a national, broadly observed recognition of how nuclear science plays a vital role in the lives of Americans - and the world. Activities during the week are intended to build awareness of the contributions of the nuclear science industry and those who work in it every day.

National Nuclear Science Week has the theme “Get to Know Nuclear.” The goal of the week is to encourage education, participation and communication around themes that are promoted on each day of the week. This year’s main National Celebration Event is a collaboration between SRS Community Reuse Organization and its affiliated Nuclear Workforce Initiative, taking place in South Carolina and Georgia. This week of activities includes education days hosted for students of all ages at institutes such as the University of South Carolina Aiken and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. A Workforce Development Day will also take place, hosted at the Kroc Center in Augusta, GA, on Tuesday, October 22, where high school seniors and college students can interact with current nuclear professionals, view interesting exhibits and learn about career topics in the world of nuclear technology – from nuclear medicine to emerging energy technology.

“With the nation’s spotlight on energy generation and a greener environment, it makes sense to recognize the contributions of nuclear power. Other technologies, such as nuclear medicine with its diagnostic and treatment opportunities, are also hugely important to all Americans,” states the Director of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Jim Walther. “The future career opportunities in science and energy are significant as well. This week provides all of us with more information on these vital topics.”

The Web site is http://www.NuclearScienceWeek.org and features a “celebration guide” that includes free tips and tools such as a proclamation template for those wishing to create their own celebration. There are also suggestions for activities each day of the week. Followers can also access news about the week through Twitter, Facebook and a nuclear science week blogspot.

National Nuclear Science Week is a partnership between the host organization, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and nuclear industry partners, including the SRS Community Reuse Organization, Nuclear Energy Institute, Entergy, the US Department of Energy, the American Nuclear Society, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging.

For more information on the Museum, visit http://www.nuclearmuseum.org or call 505-245-2317.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the entrance to the Sandia Science & Technology Park. Formerly the National Atomic Museum, which opened in 1969 and was chartered by Congress in 1991, the Museum serves as a repository and steward of nuclear-related historical items and is a Smithsonian affiliate. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 361 days a year. The Museum’s website is http://www.nuclearmuseum.org and the phone number is 505-245-2137.