ANS member honored as one of Energy Central’s “Top Voices”

December 19, 2023, 9:31AMNuclear News

Dan Yurman, the editor and publisher of the Neutron Bytes blog and member of the American Nuclear Society, has been honored by the online Energy Central community as one of the “Top Voices” in its Energy & Sustainability Network for 2023.

The Top Voices were acknowledged for “actively disseminating news and content, instigating discussions across the platform, and delivering truly valuable contributions throughout 2023,” according to Energy Central.

About Yurman: Yurman, who lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, is a consultant and project manager who has vast experience with projects involving technology innovation and new product development. His focus is on information technology and business projects in the United State, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and other countries.

Yurman worked at Idaho National Laboratory from 1989 to 2009, mostly in the areas of strategic planning and technology transfer. He served on the ANS Public Communications Committee from 2010 to 2019. He also helped to launch the ANS Nuclear Cafe blog in 2010.

In addition to his regular energy- and technology-related work, Yurman volunteers as a SCORE Certified Business Mentor with the Cleveland chapter of the 501C3 nonprofit organization, which offers mentorship and education to small businesses and startups.

About Neutron Bytes: Yurman started his Neutron Bytes online newsletter in 2014 after publishing a nuclear energy blog called Idaho Samizdat from 2007 to 2012. He describes Neutron Bytes, which is more general in scope than his previous blog, as a “collection of news notes on things that I find interesting” in fields ranging from nuclear energy and space exploration to the news media and online publishing. He adds that he does “not have an agenda, point of view, and program other than a generally positive view of commercial nuclear energy and its benefits.”

Energy Central syndicates the content of Neutron Bytes and previously honored Yurman as one of its Top Voices for 2018.

Nuclear chili: In a brief interview with Energy Central related to his 2023 Top Voices honors, Yurman noted that one of the blog posts that he is most proud of is “Dan’s Idaho Nuclear Chili,” in which he shares a recipe for beer-flavored chili that he writes originated in the 1950s with workers at the National Reactor Testing Station (the previous name of INL). The creative post also offers a description and history of the Arco desert, west of Idaho Falls.

COP28: In response to an Energy Central question regarding one of the highlights of 2023, Yurman pointed to the commitment made by multiple nations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) to collectively triple nuclear energy generation capacity by 2050, which he wrote about on his blog.


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