Originally published in the July 2020 issue of Nuclear News.
It’s my first column as ANS president and I’m limited to 400 words? Well, it turns out you can say a lot with a little. Take, for example, “Shelter in place,” and “Say their names.” These phrases have been at the forefront of our consciousness in recent months, and each invokes a host of emotions and mental images. What should the ANS catchphrase be? “Into the Nuclear Future”? “Just Nuke It”? “Nuclear, it keeps going . . . and going . . . and going . . . ”? How about, “Nuclear: The choice of a new generation”?
Don’t worry, I don’t plan to quit my day job to become a marketing guru! And like most engineers and scientists, I’m a person of action, rather than words. If you’ve been watching ANS happenings in recent months, you will have seen the results of a lot of action. We have a new executive director/CEO, Craig Piercy, who has undertaken a complete operational review and reorganization of ANS staff; staff have created a Member Service Center (reached at firstname.lastname@example.org) and an updated ANS website; and then there is this reimagined edition of Nuclear News! All of these actions have been guided by ANS Change Plan 2020, approved by the Board of Directors in November 2019 with the goal of creating a more sustainable Society that better serves you and me. It may not be the snappiest catchphrase, but Change Plan 2020 is resulting in real, strategic changes. We find more evidence of the value of organization and leadership changes in the overwhelming success of the first-ever completely virtual ANS meeting: the 2020 ANS Annual Meeting. In a matter of weeks, our staff and members organized and conducted a high-quality technical meeting for which a record 2,346 people registered.
I consider myself fortunate to be part of the dynamic team of members and staff who will continue to implement Change Plan 2020 and keep ANS on course. I invite you to hop on board and help steer our Society into the future. Who needs a catchphrase!?!
That’s a wrap, at only 351 words ;)—Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar