Nuclear science comprises many fields. From astrophysics to radioisotopes, nuclear science starts with the atom. The atom, and its fundamental building blocks of protons and neutrons, is the bundle of radioactive energy that makes so much possible.
National Nuclear Science Week is designed to recognize the contributions of nuclear science and those who work in it every day. Did you know that nuclear science is used in archeology, food safety and nuclear medicine? Or to help industry with such things as locating cracks in steel, getting rid of dust from film, or measuring the amount of air whipped into ice cream? And that nuclear power provides 20% of the electricity in the United States?
The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy’s mission is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the nation's energy, environmental and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance and security barriers through research, development and demonstration. DOE is also strongly committed to supporting graduate education,competitive research and advanced scientific tools in the areas of nuclear physics, nuclearchemistry and nuclear engineering.
Its Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) fund projects with American universities to facilitate collaborations that lead to breakthroughs in nuclear energy technologies, specifically on breakthroughs that align with the mission of the Office of Nuclear Energy. The broad...Read more...