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April 2021

Demonstration of Advanced Reactor Technology

April 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nicholas Smith Deputy Director of the National Reactor Innovation Center. The National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) is focused on demonstrating advanced reactor technologies under development by industry.  Plans to execute these demonstrations, key challenges, and the role of NRIC will be discussed. Nicholas Smith is the Deputy Director of the National Reactor Innovation Center. In this role, he is responsible for supporting initiatives to provide resources to reactor innovators to test, demonstrate, and conduct performance assessments to accelerate the deployment…

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Protactinium Production in Leading Thorium Fuel Cycles

April 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Eva C. Uribe senior systems research analyst at Sandia National Laboratories Nuclear power from thorium fuel cycles is being explored around the world to extend uranium resource and to reduce the quantity of long-lived nuclear waste generated by civilian nuclear power production. Significant research and development efforts towards fuel cycles using thorium as the primary fertile material in place of uranium have occurred in India, Canada (Thorium Power), China (SINAP), Norway (ThorEnergy), the United States (Flibe, Thorcon), and elsewhere.…

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Thinking differently about radiation damage: New methods of measurement using nuclear magnetic resonance.

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ian Farnan Professor of Earth & Nuclear Materials The effects of radiation damage are a constant source of concern in nuclear engineering.  The need the need to achieve greater tolerance over the effects of radiation damage is fundamental to the roadmap for the implementation of next generation fission and fusion systems, but how well do we understand the scale of the initial damage event and its recovery?  Results will be presented from ‘nuclearised’ nuclear magnetic resonance experiments that show that…

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Fuel Cycle Needs to Support Advanced Reactors

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Christina J. Leggett, Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering Technical Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton Now is an exciting time for the nuclear industry. Several advanced reactor designers are vying to enter the reactor market with a range of reactor designs, including molten salt reactors, high-temperature gas reactors, sodium fast reactors, and even microreactors. They range in size from a few megawatts to approximately 1 gigawatt, can operate at near atmospheric pressures and ultra-high temperatures, and use non-traditional coolants and fuels. Advanced reactors are…

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Individual Stories behind the Fukushima Nuclear Tragedy

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Japanese photojournalist Obara will give a talk about individual stories of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear workers in Fukushima. Many aspects of the accident and working conditions forced nuclear workers to be silent after the accident. Workers became invisible from the society. He had tried to uncover their individual stories. In this talk, Obara will also show his latest pictures in current Fukushima in 2021. Kazuma Obara (Japan, 1985) is a photojournalist based in Japan. Focusing on personal stories in nuclear tragedy. He…

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August 2021

NE Grad Kathy Shields @ Science at Cal

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

NE Grad Kathy Shield is celebrating science and leading a talk at this years Science at Cal. The Periodic Table: How the Basic Elements of Life are Advancing the Frontiers of Research The periodic table represents a chemical blueprint for organizing the elements of life. By analogy to an orchestra, each element can be thought of as an instrument with a unique sound and personality. In this month’s Midday Science Cafe, you’ll meet two chemical biologists who not only listen…

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Cesium by the Ocean: Improving the analysis of environmental samples from the Fukushima Province

August 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ralf Sudowe Professor of Radiochemistry & Health Physics Colorado State University The goal of radioanalytical chemistry is to identify and quantify radioisotopes present in a variety of samples. It combines advanced radiochemical separations with state-of-the art radiation detection techniques and provides information on the origin, speciation, and mobility of the material. It plays an important role in evaluating its impact on humans and the environment. The analysis of air, water, soil, and bioassay samples builds the foundation of operational environmental…

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September 2021

Nuclear Engineering Opportunities at Los Alamos National Laboratory

September 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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IN-PERSON ONLY Dr. John Sarrao Deputy Director Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos' partnership with UC Berkeley pre-dates the start of the Manhattan Project and continues robustly today. Nevertheless, the National Labs in general, and Los Alamos in particular, are relatively unknown to many students (and faculty) in academia. This presentation provides an overview of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). By highlighting LANL's strategic priorities and mission needs, we hope to foster further collaborations and enhance pipeline opportunities between Los…

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RadWatch & DoseNet: building scientific literacy through a network of radiation and environmental sensors

September 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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**In-Person only** Ali Hanks Lecturer and Assistant Project Scientist in Nuclear Engineering University of California, Berkeley The 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident serves as an example of the risks associated with energy technologies and the need to minimize physical as well as psychological effects on local and global communities. We have established the RadWatch and DoseNet community outreach programs to enhance the public understanding of risks associated with radiation exposure. The RadWatch program works to provide transparent, relevant…

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Development of CD46 targeted theranostics for imaging and treatment of cancer

September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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***IN-PERSON***                                     Dr. Robert  Flavell                          Associate ProfessorSection Chief, Molecular Imaging and TherapeuticsRadiology and Biomedical Imaging, and Pharmaceutical ChemistryUniversity of California, San Francisco   The development of novel molecular imaging and radionuclide treatments is changing the standard of care in patients with cancer. CD46 is an underexplored therapeutic target which is highly expressed…

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