Lee Bernstein Promoted to Full Professor

Lee Bernstein Promoted to Full Professor

June 20, 2024

Engineering faculty and staff headshots at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Photo by Adam Lau/Berkeley Engineering)
The UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department is pleased to announce that Lee Bernstein has been promoted to the rank of full professor. This promotion reflects Lee's outstanding dedication, tireless effort, and significant contributions to the community and department. Congratulations Lee!

New Staff Announcement: Vanessa Esparza

Vanessa Esparza

New Staff Announcement: Vanessa Esparza

June 11, 2024

Vanessa Esparza

The UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department is pleased to announce new department manager, Vanessa Esparza.

Vanessa comes from UC Davis, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Center for Surgical Bioengineering, and brings a wealth of experience in management, day-to-day operations, finance, and academic personnel. We are excited to have her join our department and look forward to the positive impact she will make.

New UCBNE Publication Chosen as an Editor’s Suggestion in Physical Review C

New UCBNE Publication Chosen as an Editor's Suggestion in Physical Review C Journal

June 4, 2024

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The recently published paper "Half-life of Ge-71 and the gallium anomaly", co-authored by UCBNE Professor Eric Norman has been chosen as an "Editor's Suggestion" in the journal Physical Review C. 

A summary of the paper put out by PRC:

Several past experiments such as SAGE, GALLEX, and BEST reported lower than expected neutrino capture rates on Ga-71. The origin of this so-called “gallium anomaly” could potentially indicate new neutrino physics, unless there was a more mundane explanation. Because the measured half- life of the electron-capture decay of Ge-71 can be used to calculate the neutrino-capture cross section on Ga-71, the authors carried out three separate measurements to determine the half-life of Ge-71 with high precision. Their new result of 11.468±0.008 days for the Ge-71 half-life is consistent with the currently accepted value, but significantly more precise. It rules out an unexpectedly long Ge-71 half-life as a potential explanation of the puzzling anomaly, leaving the anomaly’s origin an open question.

Read the full paper on Physical Review C.

E. B. Norman, A. Drobizhev, N. Gharibyan, K. E. Gregorich, Yu. G. Kolomensky, B. N. Sammis, N. D. Scielzo, J. A. Shusterman, and K. J. Thomas Phys. Rev. C 109, 055501 (2024) – Published 30 May 2024

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