Wilmington, North Carolina
Nuclear Science Week is a national, broadly observed celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. This year, NSW will be recognized for the seventh year on October 17-21, 2016, and the NSW “Big Event” will take place on October 20-22, 2016, in Wilmington, North Carolina, hosted by the Wilmington Area Local Section of the American Nuclear Society and local chapters of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear.
“North Carolina and Wilmington in particular, is a great location to host the Big Event for Nuclear Science Week given the significant concentration of nuclear technologists in the state. A key focus this year will be showcasing how current and future nuclear technologies are harnessed for the benefit of humanity,” said Derek Bass, Wilmington Big Event 2016 Chair and Lead System Engineer at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “The strong regional presence of high technology enterprises in the state, such as GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Duke Energy Progress and North Carolina State University, provides a rich environment for innovation to bring about this benefit.”
During this three-day event – taking place at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education – attendees will partake in exhibits, demonstrations and panel discussions on various topics. Panel topics will include, but are not limited to, “Nuclear in Your Community,” “The Atom in Healthcare,” “Nuclear-Clean Air Energy” and more. This event will also feature student and teacher workshops, Scout merit badge activities, tours of Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant and Global Nuclear Fuel’s manufacturing plant and a movie screening of CNN Films: Pandora’s Promise.
Sponsors for the 2016 Nuclear Science Week celebration include Albert I. Pierce Foundation, Duke Energy Progress, Energy Solutions, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, and URENCO. A number of other organizations will also support the event including, Women in Nuclear, the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina State University and Cape Fear Community College.
Registration will be required for many of the events, and more information will be available soon.
In 2015, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Oak Ridge/Knoxville section collaborated with regional and national organizations to host activities in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, TN, that were featured for the 2015 Nuclear Science Week observance.
The NSW Big Event took place at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville, TN beginning Thursday, October 22, and ending Saturday, October 24, 2015. Admission to this three-day event was free and open to all who had an interest in nuclear science and energy.
The strong regional presence of a wide variety of nuclear science and energy companies – including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 Complex, Provision Proton Therapy – provided a rich culture and atmosphere of nuclear science research and industry. The focus of the Big Event centered on the theme “Bringing the community and world together through nuclear science.” A strong focus of this event was on education for students, teachers, young professionals and the public about nuclear science activities in the region and internationally.
Attendees were engaged in various exhibits, demonstrations, and panel discussions on various topics including:
- “Historical Look at Nuclear Developments”
- “What’s New in Nuclear”
- “Around the world in 80 minutes: A look at nuclear industries around the world, including emerging economies and sustainable power”
- “Medical Applications in Nuclear Science and Engineering”
The 3-day event also featured a keynote speaker, movie screening of “Pandora’s Promise”, and outdoor information tables.
Photo provided by Nathan C. Fortner