Public Briefing

May 17-18, 2012

National Academies
Keck Building
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

A public briefing will be held to disseminate the findings and recommendations of the report of the Committee on Assuring a Future U.S.-based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise. The goal of the briefing is two-fold: (1) to inform educators, researchers, policy makers, and funding agencies about future needs for assuring a U.S. nuclear and radiochemistry expertise, and (2) to make connections between these groups to foster sharing of information and best practices and to foster future collaborations.

The format of the briefing and topics covered will be based on the findings and recommendations of the forthcoming National Research Council report on Assuring a Future U.S. Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise. The briefing will include a presentation and discussion on the committee’s findings and recommendations, as well as presentations that: highlight research opportunities, best practices in current training programs, and additional efforts needed for assuring nuclear chemistry expertise in nuclear chemistry research, education, and industrial applications.

Public Briefing Agenda

Thursday, May 17
Keck Building Atrium

6:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Plenary

Report from the Committee on Assuring a Future U.S. Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise
Speaker: C. Bradley Moore, Committee Chair

6:30 p.m. Dinner

Friday, May 18, 2012
Keck Building, Room 100

7:00 a.m.  Breakfast

7:45 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

8:00 a.m.  Session 1: Institutional Needs

Recommendation to be addressed:

  • Formalized collaborative partnerships for research and education in nuclear and radiochemistry should be established between universities, national laboratories, and relevant industrial sectors

Introduction by Trish Baisden, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Panel of Speakers

  1. Claude Guet, International Institute of Nuclear Energy, CEA Saclay, France
  2. Peter Burns, Notre Dame professor and leader of EFRC
  3. Lynn Francesconi, Hunter College/Memorial Sloan Kettering IGERT
  4. Patricia Paviet-Hartmann, INEST and Idaho National Laboratory

9:00 a.m.  Open Discussion

9:30 a.m.  Session 2: Educational Needs

Recommendations to be addressed:

  • To meet short-term workforce needs, resources and expertise should be made available to support on-the-job training in national laboratories, industry, and elsewhere.
  • To ensure that long-term critical workforce needs can be met, federal agencies should identify and prioritize urgent requirements for, and fund efforts to ensure, knowledge transfer and retention.

Introduction by Carolyn Anderson, University of Pittsburgh Medical College

Panel of Speakers

  1. J. David Robertson, University of Missouri, Columbia and current director of Nuclear Chemistry Summer Schools
  2. Annie Kersting, Seaborg Institute program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  3. Sherry Yennello, Texas A&M University
  4. Mark A. Mintun, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals

10:30 a.m.  Open Discussion

11:00 a.m.  Session 3: Workforce Data Needs

Recommendation to be addressed:

  • A federal source of supply and demand data for nuclear and radiochemistry expertise should be available.

Introduction by Graham Peaslee, Hope College

Panel of Speakers

  1. Nirmala Kannankutty, National Center for S&E Statistics, National Science Foundation
  2. Dixie Sommers, Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics

12:00 p.m.  Working Lunch (box lunches)

Discussion Groups

  • Institutional Needs
  • Educational Needs
  • Workforce Data Needs

(Rooms and group assignments provided on separate sheet)

2:30 p.m.  Report Back and Open Discussion

3:15 p.m.  Symposium Closing Remarks

Recommendations from the Committee on Assuring a Future U.S. Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise
Speaker: C. Bradley Moore, Committee Chair

3:30 p.m.  Meeting adjourn

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