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DOA Award Meeting

DOE_Award4druga The group photo from the NSSC Kick-Off meeting on June 10, 2011. There were representatives from 7 collaborating universities, 5 national laboratories and DOE NNSA.





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From the interveiw with Prof. Vujic about NSSC Award

Prof. Vujic, what is your comment to winning the award?

I was extremely happy when our team won in a very strong competition! We put a lot of efforts in preparing the best proposal, and competed agains basically all other Nuclear Engineering Departments in the country, as well as the best Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Chemistry Departments. The SUCCESS PIPELINE  (Seven Universities Coordinating Coursework and Experience from Student to Scientist in a Partnership for Identifying and Preparing Educated Laboratory-Integrated Nuclear Experts) Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) includes Michigan State University; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Washington University, Saint Louis, as well as four University of California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, and San Diego) and UC’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. The UC Berkeley is the lead university in this Consortium. I am the Principal Investigator for the grant, and Prof. James Siegrist (Physics) is the Executive Director of the NSSC.

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Interwiev with Prof. Vujic at the Conference in Novi Sad

pod_radio_drenka_p1Journalist Drenka Dobrosavljevich interviewed prof. Jasmina Vujic during the Conference in Novi Sad. The first part of the interview (in Serbian) was published on August 7 and again on August 14. You can listen it on this website by selecting the ”Dijalog kultura” link.
The second part of the interview was published on August 21. You can listen the radio version of the interview on August 28, at 11pm.

Breakthrough Nanoscale Research at Berkeley Labs

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory explain their research and development of a nanoscale measurement technique to test for nuclear irridation damage with implications for nuclear reactor safety. The BNRC Los Alamos funded some of this work. The articles are published in Nature materials. Watch the video HERE!

NNSA awards $25 million for nuclear science and security consortium

NSSC_logo2The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded $25 million to the University of California, Berkeley, to lead a multi-institution consortium that will support the nation’s nuclear nonproliferation mission through the training and education of experts in the nuclear security field.

On June 9 the NNSA announced the five-year grant to establish the National Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) at its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development Symposium at the University of California Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

“Investing in the scientific and technical underpinnings of our program is critical to implementing the President’s nuclear security agenda and to preventing nuclear terrorism or nuclear proliferation,” said Anne Harrington, deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the NNSA, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). “As we push the boundaries of science and discovery, partnerships like the National Science and Security Consortium are a vital part of our effort to invest in the future of our programs by building a strong pipeline of new technical talent to our laboratories.”

UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering will mark the establishment of this center tomorrow, June 10, with a kick-off meeting on campus. Officials from the NNSA Office of Proliferation Detection will be on hand.

The consortium, to be led by principal investigator Jasmina Vujic, UC Berkeley professor of nuclear engineering, brings together more than 100 researchers from Michigan State University; UC Davis; UC Irvine; the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) based in San Diego; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Washington University in St. Louis.

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