Daniel Kammen elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Kammen elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 23, 2020

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Nine UC Berkeley faculty members from a wide range of disciplines have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), a 240-year-old organization honoring the country’s most accomplished artists, scholars, scientists and leaders.

The nine are among 276 new AAAS members from throughout the country and raise Berkeley’s total count of living AAAS members to about 260.

Daniel Kammen, a professor of energy and resources, public policy and nuclear engineering and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He directs research on the energy supply and energy transmission, smart grid and low-carbon energy systems, life-cycle impacts of transportation options and energy for community development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The new UC Berkeley members are in good company. Other newly elected members are singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez, former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., author Ann Patchett, poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, lawyer Anita Hill, New York Times reporter Adam Liptak and independent filmmaker Richard Linklater.

“The members of the class of 2020 have excelled in laboratories and lecture halls, they have amazed on concert stages and in surgical suites, and they have led in board rooms and courtrooms,” said AAAS president David Oxtoby. “With today’s election announcement, these new members are united by a place in history and by an opportunity to shape the future through the Academy’s work to advance the public good.”

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climate one Podcast, “What’s the Future for Nuclear Power?”

climate one Podcast, "What's the Future for Nuclear Power?"

April 10th, 2020

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Guests

Per Peterson, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley

Edwin Lyman, Acting Director, Nuclear Safety Project, Union of Concerned Scientists

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 Ken Farabaugh, Former Employee, Vermont Yankee

 Jose Reyes, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power

@NuScale_Power

Jacob Dewitte, CEO, Oklo

@jakedewitte

@oklo

Christine Parthemore, Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks

@clparthemore

@CSRisks

Tweets

Once thought to be a modern power source, nuclear fell out of favor after a series of major accidents. But nuclear power is extraordinarily efficient, reliable and clean--does it deserve a new lease on life? The latest episode of @climateone is out now: https://spoti.fi/2Xy2I54

Summary

Nuclear power - revive it or allow a slow death? Today, about a hundred nuclear plants provide 20 percent of America’s electricity.

Once touted as a modern power source, nuclear fell out of favor after a series of major accidents – most notably those at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. A handful of the plants that once dotted the landscape have been shuttered because they can’t compete with cheaper sources of power. By the end of the century, the industry was languishing. But the urgency of climate change causes some to advocate giving nuclear a new lease on life.  A discussion about the health of the nuclear power industry today, and the 21st century innovations that could point to a new path forward.

The podcast and radio show has been released, and is available on climate oneiTunesStitcher, Spotify and GooglePlay

National Academy of Engineering

Professor Per Peterson, Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 07, 2020

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The Nuclear Engineering Department would like to recognize our very own Professor Per Peterson on his elected membership to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Per Peterson was elected for his distinguished contributions in experimental and analytical research for the design and development of passive safety systems for advanced nuclear reactors.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

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Rebecca Abergel elected as AAAS Fellow

Rebecca Abergel elected as AAAS Fellow

December 3, 2019

Rebecca Abergel of Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division is studying how an anti-radiation-poisoning pill she developed in 2014 could help to protect people from the potential toxicity in the long-term retention of gadolinium, an ingredient in MRI contrast agents. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Berkeley, Calif. 09/04/19

Our very own Rebecca Abergel has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an lifetime distinction bestowed upon the society’s members by their peers.

4 other UC Berkeley faculty members have been awarded and featured in this week's Berkeley News:

"The five are among 443 members awarded the honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of Science and five other journals."

The article highlighted her work and leadership within the department and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

See the News article here.

Professor Abergel will receive official certificates and rosette pins in gold and blue, colors symbolizing science and engineering, in a ceremony on Feb. 15, 2020, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle.

See the AAAS announcement here.

NE Faculty Rebecca Abergel and BioActinide group highlighted in C&EN

NE Faculty Rebecca Abergel and BioActinide group highlighted in C&EN

March 4th, 2019

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NE faculty Rebecca Abergel and her BioActinide group were recently highlighted in an article on Chemical and Engineering News. To read the article, please click here: https://cen.acs.org/physical-chemistry/periodic-table/IYPT-Chemists-explore-periodic-tables-actinide/97/i9

 

To learn more about the BioActinide group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, click here: http://actinide.lbl.gov/gtsc/BioAn/index.html

Dr. Raluca Scarlat joins the UCB Nuclear Engineering Faculty

Dr. Raluca Scarlat joins the UCB Nuclear Engineering Faculty

January 31, 2019

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Raluca O. Scarlat, a UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. Alumna (2012), is returning as our newest faculty member. With a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University (2006) also under her belt, she will be leading studies in Chemical and termophysical characterization of high-temperature molten salts and other inorganic fluids, and heat and mass transport pertaining to energy systems; Electrochemistry, corrosion, thermodynamics; Nuclear reactor safety analysis, licensing and design; and engineering ethics.

Welcome to the family, Raluca!

Raluca O. Scarlat
Assistant Professor [scarlat@berkeley.edu]

NSSC Director and UCB NE Professor Jasmina Vujic elected ANS Fellow

NSSC Director and UCB NE Professor Jasmina Vujic elected ANS Fellow

FRIDAY, NOV 9TH 2018

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Congratulations to our very own Prof. Jasmina Vujic, for her election to the highest rank of Fellow within the American Nuclear Society (ANS). ANS recognizes Prof. Vujic’s contributions to the advancement of nuclear science and technology. Professor Vujic will be officially recognized at the ANS Winter Meeting.

Max Fratoni wins ANS Early Career Reactor Physicist Award

Max Fratoni wins ANS Early Career Reactor Physicist Award

July 2nd, 2018

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UCBNE Faculty Dr. Massimiliano Fratoni will be presented the award at the RPD session at the ANS Winter Meeting, November 2018 - "For his numerous significant contributions to the conception and design of advanced reactors, and for his dedication to training the future generations of reactor physicists." ~ANS

Congratulations, Max!