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Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology
Organized to promote the advancement of knowledge in the use of nuclear science and technologies in the aerospace application. Specialized nuclear-based technologies and applications are needed to advance the state-of-the-art in aerospace design, engineering and operations to explore planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond, plus enhance the safety of air travel, especially high speed air travel. Areas of interest will include but are not limited to the creation of nuclear-based power and propulsion systems, multifunctional materials to protect humans and electronic components from atmospheric, space, and nuclear power system radiation, human factor strategies for the safety and reliable operation of nuclear power and propulsion plants by non-specialized personnel and more.
2024 ANS Annual Conference
June 16–19, 2024
Las Vegas, NV|Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
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Nuclear Science and Engineering
Fusion Science and Technology
What is involved in radiation protection at accelerator facilities?
Particle accelerators have evolved from exotic machines probing hadron interactions to understand the fundamentals of our world to widely used instruments in research and for medical and industrial use. For research purposes, high-power machines are employed, often producing secondary particle beams through primary beam interaction with a target material involving many meters of shielding. The charged beam interacts with the surrounding structures, producing both prompt radiation and secondary radiation from activated materials. After beam termination, some parts of the facility remain radioactive and potentially can become radiation hazards over time. Radiation protection for accelerator facilities involves a range of actions for operation within safe boundaries (an accelerator safety envelope). Each facility establishes fundamental safety principles, requirements, and measures to control radiation exposure to people and the release of radioactive material in the environment.
March 5, 2024
Development of a US-Based UNF Recycling Pilot Facility and Nonproliferation Implications
3:00–3:30PM (4:00–4:30PM EST)
ANS Members Only
The ANS Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division invites you to a special members-only event on the development of a US-based UNF recycling pilot facility. Read more...
March 7, 2024
In the Lab with Nuclear Scientists: Critical and Sub-critical Assemblies
5:00–6:00PM (6:00–7:00PM EST)
Available to All Users
Comet isn’t just one of Santa’s reindeer. To nuclear scientists, Comet—along with Planet, Flat-top, and Godiva IV—is a critical assembly, a type of reactor essential in conducting experiments using fissionable materials. Learn how they are used by scientists at Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia national laboratories. Read more...
March 21, 2024
Presented by ANS's Young Members Group
Pathways to Nuclear: Highlighting Women in Trade and Craft Careers
5:00–6:00PM (6:00–7:00PM EDT)
Join us for a look at how women are making history in nuclear science and technology trade careers. We'll hear from managers of DOE training programs and graduates working in nuclear trade careers now. Read more...
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February 21, 2024
Innovations Student Competition
Innovations Student Competition Webinar Series: Part II
1:00–2:00PM (2:00–3:00PM EST)
Join us for the second part in a series of webinars featuring winners of the the Innovations in Nuclear Energy Research & Development Student Competition (INSC). Read more...
February 20, 2024
Build a Nucleus: K-12 Classroom Investigations
Join us for this K-12 Educator Training webinar featuring the latest nuclear simulation from PhET Interactive Simulations: Build a Nucleus. Learn how your students can play with protons and neutrons from PhET's Luisa Vargas Suarez, the sim's creator. Read more...
February 15, 2024
ANS Chicago and Michigan-Ohio Section Event
Students of Nuclear Science
6:00–7:00PM (7:00–8:00PM EST)
The ANS Chicago and Michigan-Ohio Sections invite you to hear presentations from advanced-degree students within their sections. Read more...
February 12, 2024
Spending Time on Spent Nuclear Fuel with the Department of Energy
Join us for a candid conversation around the future and status of nuclear waste management in this country between the DOE's Paul Murry and former ANS President Steve Nesbit. Read more...
February 2, 2024
Reflections from COP28
11:00AM–12:00PM (12:00–1:00PM EST)
Join ANS CEO/Executive Director, Craig Piercy, as he discusses the recent COP28 event with expert participants that were on the ground and in the rooms where historic pledges and agreements related to nuclear energy were created. Read more...
January 25, 2024
Microreactors—Nuclear Power in a Small, Modular Package
Many times smaller than traditional nuclear reactors, microreactors are big news in clean energy technology. Learn what they are, how they work, and their benefits in this webinar for K-12 educators featuring Piyush Sabharwall, senior staff nuclear research scientist and technical lead for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy's Microreactor R&D Program at Idaho National Laboratory. Read more...
December 18, 2023
Creating a Safe, Secure, and Healthy Global Nuclear Industry
3:00–4:00PM (4:00–5:00PM EST)
Join us for a discussion on how to create a safe, secure, and healthy nuclear industry. Read more...
December 12, 2023
Innovations Student Competition Webinar Series: Part I
Join us for the first in a series of webinars featuring winners of the the Innovations in Nuclear Energy Research & Development Student Competition (INSC). Read more...
November 8, 2023
Chicago Local Section Event
Update on SMR Technology
7:00–8:00PM (8:00–9:00PM EST)
The ANS Chicago Section invites all ANS members to a presentation on SMR technology, presented by NuScale Power's Rebecca Norris. Read more...
October 19, 2023
Radioisotopes: Nuclear Applications Beyond Energy
There’s more to nuclear science and technology than generating electricity. Join us for Nuclear Science Week with Julie Ezold of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to learn about applications for radioactive isotopes beyond nuclear power. Read more...
October 4, 2023
International Perspectives on the Role of Nuclear Energy in a Net-Zero Future
1:00–2:00PM (2:00–3:00PM EDT)
Experts from the academic, legal, and civil society community will offer perspectives around just what the main points and issues are within this constantly changing discussion and what the opportunities might be for nuclear energy in and around COP28. Read more...
September 28, 2023
Decoding Radioactive Decay: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and More
This presentation on radioactive decay was created specifically for K-12 educators by former ANS President Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Idaho State University. Read more...
September 22, 2023
A One-on-One with NRC Chair Christopher Hanson
9:00–10:00AM (10:00–11:00AM EDT)
ANS members have exclusive early access to watch a one-on-one interview with NRC Chair Christopher Hanson and ANS Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy. Read more...
September 20, 2023
Hispanic Excellence in the Nuclear Field
12:00–1:00PM (1:00–2:00PM EDT)
This Hispanic Heritage Month event featured a distinguished panel of nuclear professionals from industry, academia, and government. Read more...
September 13, 2023
Atomic Allies Event
Expanding your Outreach Impact: Atomic Allies Nuclear Science Week Tools
2:00–3:15PM (3:00–4:15PM EDT)
ANS and the Atomic Allies co-presented this engaging and informative session on how to elevate your Nuclear Science Week programming and expand your impact. Read more...
August 30, 2023
Revolutionizing the Future of Space Flight and Habitation
2:00–3:00PM (3:00–4:00PM EDT)
Learn about programs at NASA, DARPA, and the DOD that aim to accelerate humanity's space-based ambitions with nuclear rockets and non-terrestrial reactors for energy. Read more...
August 29, 2023
See It, Be It: Exploring Options in Nuclear Careers
Sail Into a Career in Nuclear Science and Technology
Join the American Nuclear Society to learn how military service provides a proven pathway to careers in nuclear science and technology. Read more...
August 25, 2023
Oppenheimer: Behind the Scenes with Los Alamos National Laboratory
10:00–11:30AM (11:00AM–12:30PM EDT)
ANS invites you to a special event featuring a discussion on the blockbuster feature film "Oppenheimer" with representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read more...
August 24, 2023
Integrating Energy Sources for a Greener Future
In this installment of our Educator Training series, Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Director of the Integrated Energy and Storage Systems Division at Idaho National Laboratory, presented the Department of Energy's research in integrating clean energy sources. Read more...
August 2, 2023
Project Pele Update
An update on the U.S. Department of Defense's Project Pele. Read more...