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February 2021

Design and Development of High Spatial Resolution Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Systems

February 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PET imaging employs positron-emitting radionuclides to visualize and quantify the biology and chemistry of disease in living subjects.  There has been great interest to enhance the spatial resolution of PET imaging to be able to detect subtle signatures of disease, which can enable earlier disease detection and more sensitive monitoring of therapeutic strategies. PET imaging relies on detection and positioning of 511 keV annihilation photon pairs emitted from the imaging subject. In this talk we will describe technologies and techniques…

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Nuclear Landscapes: planning for nuclear waste disposal using cultural heritage thinking

February 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The global nuclear industry has for decades used sites like Stonehenge as models for designs for long-term markers to be placed over nuclear waste repositories to ensure they are not violated in distant, imagined futures. In the US, the resulting proposal would produce a pre-formed archaeological site, a ruin that would qualify for listing as a World Heritage site in the future. This talk questions the way planners thought about materials and human intentions from the perspective of an archaeological…

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Personalized Cancer Radiotherapy Through In Vivo Sensing

February 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract:  We will discuss how to personalize cancer therapy through the development of new integrated circuit-based platforms for detecting both the delivery of charged particle therapy (CPT).   Real-time in vivo dosimetry - at the single particle level - holds the key to unlocking the power of personalized theranostics with both 𝛼 and β particles and the precision of proton therapy. The impact of theranostics using Lu177 - a β emitter -  is already being felt across neuroendocrine and prostate…

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NuScale Power – A Scalable Clean Energy Solution

February 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Recent studies show that the addition of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to the renewable energy mix offers the least cost path to achieving clean energy mandates. NuScale Power has developed and received NRC approval for its SMR technology with customers seeking to deploy the technology within this decade. The potential for hydrogen production as part of a NuScale Integrated Energy System provides an exciting opportunity for carbon reductions in both the industrial and transportation section. This presentation provides an overview…

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March 2021


March 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Kotlyar has established a sustainable research program in the field of advanced nuclear reactor design and multiphysics analysis. His Computational Reactor Engineering Laboratory (CoRE) focuses on developing the next generation production tools as well as designing advanced and low cost nuclear energy systems. In this talk he will cover the design aspects and modeling challenges associated with Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems. Nuclear thermal propulsion is a potential technology for future crewed missions to Mars due to its high…

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Fukushima Daiichi Reflection

March 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

March 11th, 2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan. This 10-year anniversary event provides an opportunity to reflect on the accident, its environmental and health consequences, as well as its impact on nuclear reactor safety and regulations. It also gives us a moment to think more broadly about the interactions between nuclear energy, the environment, and society. Lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and its aftermath will drive the future of nuclear energy.

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Electrification in Metals and Mining: One Path Forward?

March 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Metals and minerals remain at the basis of modern society and their affordable and environmentally respectable extraction and recycling is required. A global population of 9 billion people by 2050 and global issues such as greenhouse gas emissions provide unique opportunities for the deployment of new technologies for metals extraction and processing. Anticipating affordability and deployment of sustainable electric power generation , the electrification and intensification of metals and mining industry processes is becoming a possibility. This seminar starts with…

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University-National Lab Collaborations in Nuclear Engineering: From Research to Workforce

March 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Noël Bakhtian Executive Director of the Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is a consortium bringing together the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory and the four public research universities of Idaho and Wyoming. This talk will give insight into the opportunities for collaboration existing between universities and national labs, using examples from the newly approved vision, mission, and strategy at CAES - from…

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April 2021

Demonstration of Advanced Reactor Technology

April 2, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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