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Despite the growing use of nuclear medicine, the potential expansion of nuclear power generation, and the urgent need to protect the nation against nuclear threats and to manage nuclear wastes generated in past decades, the number of students opting to specialize in nuclear and radiochemistry has decreased significantly over the past few decades. Now, with many experts in these topics approaching retirement age, action is needed to avoid a workforce gap in these critical areas. This report investigates why the number of experts in nuclear and radiochemistry is dwindling—and sets out strategies to ensure the nation builds expertise in these topics for the future.

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