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Baranwal reviews virtual STEM lessons for U.S. tribal communities
In a blog post to the Department of Energy’s website on November 23, Rita Baranwal, assistant secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, commended recent virtual lesson projects from the Office of Nuclear Energy and the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group to increase STEM opportunities for Native American tribes.
The spotlighted lesson discussed in the article focused on a 3D-printed clip that turns a smartphone or tablet into a microscope with the ability to magnify items by 100 times. The Office of Nuclear Energy shipped nearly 1,000 of these microscope clips to students across the country, many of them going to U.S. tribal communities.
J. A. Gomez, P. E. Koehler, T. E. Cutler, A. DeYoung, J. T. Goorley, J. D. Hutchinson, G. McKenzie, G. L. Morgan, S. M. Mosby, W. L. Myers, R. S. Rundberg, V. W. Yuan
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 193 | Number 5 | May 2019 | Pages 537-548
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2018.1545956
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Neutron diagnosed subcritical experiments (NDSEs) aim to measure the fission chain decay of subcritical test objects initiated by neutrons from an external source. The ultimate goal of future NDSEs is to make such measurements on dynamic subcritical objects as they are imploded. As a step toward that goal, we made measurements on three static subcritical assemblies containing highly enriched uranium. Specifically, we measured the die-off of both fission gamma rays and neutrons, with nanosecond resolution over several hundred microseconds, relative to the emission time of neutrons from a source in close proximity to the subcritical objects. As simulations are expected to play a key role in interpreting future NDSEs, we compared our data to detailed MCNP® calculations. There was good agreement between the data and MCNP over die-off times expected to be most important to future NDSEs, but there were significant differences at both earlier and later times. We attempted to reconcile these differences by several changes to the simulations. In particular, we found that reducing the 235U(n,n’) cross section to 80% of the current ENDF7.1 evaluation resulted in much better agreement.