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Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy
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.
2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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Matthew Denman: On Probabilistic Risk Assessment
Probabilistic risk assessment is a systematic methodology for evaluating risks associated with a complex engineered technology such as nuclear energy. PRA risk is defined in terms of possible detrimental outcomes of an activity or action, and as such, risk is characterized by three quantities: what can go wrong, the likelihood of the problem, and the resulting consequences of the problem.
Matthew Denman is principal engineer for reliability engineering at Kairos Power and the chair of the American Nuclear Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management’s Subcommittee of Standards Development. As a college student at the University of Florida, Denman took a course on PRA but didn’t enjoy it, because he did not see its connection to the nuclear power industry. Later, during his Ph.D. study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his advisor was Neil Todreas, a well-known thermal hydraulics expert. Todreas was working on a project with George Apostolakis, who would leave MIT to become a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project, “Risk Informing the Design of the Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor,” was a multi-university effort funded through a Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) grant. Todreas and Apostolakis were joined in this project by a who’s who of nuclear academia, including Andy Kadak (MIT, ANS past president [1999–2000]), Mike Driscoll (MIT), Mike Golay (MIT), Mike Lineberry (Idaho State University, former ANS treasurer), Rich Denning (Ohio State University), and Tunc Aldemir (Ohio State University).
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The Darlene Schmidt Science News Award seeks out journalists and science writers who demonstrate keen effort to report on the work of professionals in nuclear science and technology fields. Nominees should have published a single long-form article (more than 700 words), multiple short articles, or a video of no more than five minutes, pertaining to any of the fields represented by ANS technical divisions and working groups. This bi-annual award acknowledges an accurate, innovative, and well-researched science-related media story, or portfolio of stories, readily accessible to the general public. It seeks to draw the public’s attention to quality media coverage related to science, technology, engineering, and math, including, but not exclusive to, nuclear applications.
The awardee(s) will be invited to the ANS Annual Meeting. Transportation and lodging will be provided up to $1,500 for coach/economy airfare or ground transportation and parking*, up to two nights’ hotel, and transportation to/from airports. Registration for the ANS Annual Meeting will be provided at no charge. Ground transportation will be provided as mileage reimbursement based on the federal government rate at the time of travel and will require documentation of mileage from the recipient’s home to the conference hotel. Receipts must be provided to ANS for expense reimbursement.
This award was established in 2017 by the Communications Committee and is named after former ANS staff member Darlene Schmidt, the first ANS staff member dedicated to outreach efforts on behalf of the Society, at the request of Roger W. Tilbrook (ANS member, and former interim executive director) who contributed $25,000 in her memory.
Nominations are made using an online form. Individuals or organizations may nominate an article or video, or group of articles or videos, for consideration. Judges represent a balanced selection of ANS members who have experience as educators, media producers and science professionals, who bring knowledge about the media and scientific quality of written explanations. Judges will offer commentary about the winning entry, which will be released when the winner of the award is formally announced.
Judges represent a balanced selection of ANS members who have experience as educators, media producers and science professionals, who bring knowledge about the media and scientific quality of written explanations. Judges will offer commentary about the winning entry, which will be released when the winner of the award is formally announced at the ANS Winter Meeting.
Submissions will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the five categories below. Awards will be provided to the top-rated portfolio. In the case of a tie, the selection committee will conduct a run-off review. The judging criteria favors high-quality writing that is reliably sourced and researched, with a strong narrative and good use of scientific evidence to support talking points.
For questions or manual nomination submissions, email email@example.com.
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Honors and AwardsAmerican Nuclear Society555 N. Kensington AvenueLa Grange Park, IL 60526-5535
* Ground transportation will be provided as mileage reimbursement based on the federal government rate at the time of travel and will require documentation of mileage from the recipient’s home to the conference hotel. Receipts must be provided to ANS for expense reimbursement.