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The mission of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division (NNPD) is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology while simultaneously preventing the diversion and misuse of nuclear material and technology through appropriate safeguards and security, and promotion of nuclear nonproliferation policies. To achieve this mission, the objectives of the NNPD are to: Promote policy that discourages the proliferation of nuclear technology and material to inappropriate entities. Provide information to ANS members, the technical community at large, opinion leaders, and decision makers to improve their understanding of nuclear nonproliferation issues. Become a recognized technical resource on nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and security issues. Serve as the integration and coordination body for nuclear nonproliferation activities for the ANS. Work cooperatively with other ANS divisions to achieve these objective nonproliferation policies.
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Fusion Science and Technology
AI can predict and prevent fusion plasma instabilities in milliseconds
A team of engineers, physicists, and data scientists from Princeton University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have used artificial intelligence (AI) to predict—and then avoid—the formation of a specific type of plasma instability in magnetic confinement fusion tokamaks. The researchers built and trained a model using past experimental data from operations at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif., before proving through real-time experiments that their model could forecast so-called tearing mode instabilities up to 300 milliseconds in advance—enough time for an AI controller to adjust operating parameters and avoid a tear in the plasma that could potentially end the fusion reaction.
December 10, 2019 Update
Dear ANS Member:
I hope this message finds you well headed into the holiday season. As you know, the Board of Directors approved ANS Change Plan 2020 at the November meeting in Washington, DC. Here is the link to the plan, with notes in red detailing the Board's actions. A summary of the plan is also available for viewing.
Guided by the plan, staff and I have begun a thorough review of ANS operations with the goal of creating a more streamlined, less siloed organization that is better equipped to meet our members' needs going forward.
While the review is ongoing, I can say that I am encouraged by our team's willingness to think differently and adopt a more service-oriented and entrepreneurial culture.
I look forward to providing you with more information when we conclude the review in early February.
In the meantime, your continued input is important to us. Please do not hesitate to send comments and suggestions to email@example.com.
All the best,
Craig PiercyANS Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Advocacy and Fundraising
ANS advocacy activities attract increasing amounts of philanthropic support
Commercial Publications redesigned to communicate industry and technical information of value (while minimizing cost)
ANS internal communications to members are effective (and efficient)
Constituent unit interactions and communications with/to “the world” are aligned with each other and ANS National
Congressional Fellow Program
Congressional Fellow Program establishes ANS as go-to and influential asset for policymakers
Significant spending decisions align with society priorities
Increased speed for good ideas to be funded and implemented
Improved efficiency in student support
Improved efficiency and flexibility in scholarship administration
The Board of Directors and Officers are effective as strategic leaders and stewards of the Society
ANS governance is more effective
ANS committee structure is more simple, efficient, and effective
ANS Staff is more influential and accountable
Topical Meetings redesigned to attract / reach more members, reduce financial risk, and improve finances
Content of national meetings redesigned to provide increased value to more members
Logistics of national meetings redesigned to reduce financial risk/variance
Organization membership program is utilized as a strategic vehicle to expand membership and strengthen ANS
Meetings are used to convert more non-ANS member attendees to ANS members.
Increased reliability and amount of revenue through member dues
Organizational Unity (“1ANS”)
Unity, community, and alignment among members at every level and each constituent unit of ANS
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