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GEH Nuclear Energy celebrates three-nation plan for BWRX-300 standard design
“I’m glad you came to our party!” said GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) chief nuclear officer Nicole Holmes as she prepared to announce that Wilmington, N.C.–based GEH will develop a standard design for its BWRX-300 boiling water small modular reactor with not one but three power producers representing three countries: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and Synthos Green Energy (SGE). Celebration was a theme throughout the March 23 event held in Washington, D.C., which was flush with dignitaries representing the United States, Canada, and Poland.
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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 ANS 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. The award is currently jointly administered by the ANS External Affairs Committee and Honors and Awards Committee.
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 on submissions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.