Nuclear Radiation Center News
Monday, November 30, 2015
Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School June 13 through July 22, 2016
Applications due February 5, 2016.

APPLICATION INFORMATION AT http://pearl1.lanl.gov/external/nuclear-forensics/

Washington State University, June 13 through July 22, 2016.

How to apply
Undergraduate students specializing in the physical sciences are encouraged to apply who are U.S. citizens. Applicant must submit in pdf format:

  • Cover letter (Please address the following questions in your cover letter. Why are you interested in this program? How would you benefit from this program? What are your career goals and how does this program relate to them?),
  • Resume (please remove social security number and birthdate if applicable),
  • University transcript (unofficial transcript is ok, include a spring 2016 schedule), and
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or technical reference. If the letter writer wishes to submit this independent of your application, have him or her email it to nfuss2016@lanl.gov with the words "NFUSS Application" in the title.

Submitt all applications materials to nfuss2016@lanl.gov. All attached documents must be submitted as a single pdf file.

Your email should contain: Your name/Your mailing address/Your institution/Your year in school/Your GPA. Attach in PDF format your cover letter/your transcript (unofficial OK)/your resume. One letter of reference may be submitted either with the application or separately to nfuss2016@lanl.gov.

Application Deadline is February 5, 2016

Students will be notified of selection by March 4, 2016.

Student Stipend
Each student will receive financial compensation to cover tuition, fees, housing, and meals, as well as a $5,000 stipend. A portion of the stipend will be used to cover travel costs to and from WSU and travel costs for a visit to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.







Thursday, September 24, 2015
Educating Tomorrow’s Nuclear Forensics Experts and Reactor Operators
Since the close of World War II, America has sought to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Yet, some 70 years later, a growing number of nations possess nuclear weapons. Global stability remains fragile. In the interest of national security, Washington State University trains the next generation of nuclear forensic and radiochemistry experts. Don Wall directs WSU’s Nuclear Radiation Center, which offers students rare learning opportunities.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Reactor Operator Licenses Issued in July 2015
The WSU Nuclear Radiation Center offers a nuclear Reactor Operator educational program that culminates in the graduates of the program sitting for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission nuclear Reactor Operator licensing examination. The educational program is challenging, and students participate in the program in addition to their regular studies. On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued four nuclear Reactor Operator licenses to the most recent WSU graduates of the licensing program. They are: Hillary Bennett (Physics), Skylar King (Physics), Tyler LaVoie (Chemical Engineering), and Tyler Lorella (Chemistry). Additionally, the U.S. NRC issued a license upgrade to Senior Reactor Operator to WSU graduate Alexandra Bartkoski (Microbiology, 2014), who is now a permanent staff member at the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center. The licenses permit operation of the University’s research nuclear reactor. Another student, Brynden Riggan (Chemistry), a graduate of the 2013 – 2014 Reactor Operator class, was awarded a Reactor Operator license in June 2014. Please join us in recognizing these individuals’ outstanding accomplishments!



Monday, March 23, 2015
Daily Evergreen article: Reacting to nuclear power
A Daily Evergreen reporter and photographer visit the WSU Reactor to learn about the student operator training program and ongoing research activities at the Nuclear Radiation Center.

A Daily Evergreen reporter and photographer visit the WSU Reactor to learn about the student operator training program and ongoing research activities at the Nuclear Radiation Center.  Full article here.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
March 15 deadline to apply for nuclear forensics school
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will host the 2015 Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School June 15-July 24.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will host the 2015 Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School June 15-July 24. The application deadline is March 15; find information here.  

Read the WSU News article here.


Monday, February 9, 2015
WSU Nuclear Reactor offers reactor operator training program to students
The WSU Nuclear Radiation Center is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Student Reactor Operator Training Program. In addition to conducting research and producing industrial isotopes, the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center offers a free Reactor Operator licensing program to students of all disciplines. Applicants must be currently enrolled at WSU and able to commit to three hours of class per week, as well as several hours of hands-on reactor operator training. The reactor staff is willing to work around individual student’s schedules to provide the best learning experience possible.
Announcement details here.

Monday, December 15, 2014
PNNL News Release: Presidential appointee joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Sue Clark joins PNNL as a Battelle Fellow.

Monday, November 17, 2014
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues new Nuclear Reactor Operator Licenses
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued, on November 13, 2014, a Nuclear Reactor Operator License to Michael Weigley who is an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering. Kaitlyn Restis is a 2014 graduate of WSU (Biology); Kaitlyn is a permanent staff member at the Nuclear Radiation Center and has been awarded a Senior Reactor Operator license by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Please join the Nuclear Radiation Center in giving well-deserved congratulations to these two individuals for their outstanding accomplishments.




Tuesday, June 11, 2013
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues six new Reactor Operator Licenses
On June 4, 2013 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued six new reactor operator licenses at the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center. The six outstanding Washington State University undergraduates who were licensed are; Alexandra Bartkoski (Microbiology), James Dalelio (Genetics), James Hendrix-Ward (Pre-Pharmacy), Nicholas Lanier (Chemical Engineering), Kaitlyn Restis (Biology), and Caitlin Wininger (Basic Medical Sciences). Each of these students managed to study for and pass their licensing exams while taking full course loads and should be commended on their efforts. This is the largest licensing class to pass through the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center. Please join us at the Nuclear Radiation Center in congratulating Bartkoski, Dalelio, Hendrix-Ward, Lanier, Restis, and Wininger on their efforts and new licenses.



Friday, April 26, 2013
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues Reactor Operator License to a student at the WSU Reactor
On December 11, 2012, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a reactor operator license to Ryan Stewart (Physics) student here at Washington State University. Stewart received this license while completing his Physics undergraduate degree which he will graduate with in Spring 2013. Stewart is to be commended for his dedication and hard work during this time to obtain this goal. Please join the Nuclear Radiation Center in congratulating Ryan on both is recent licensing and undergraduate graduation.



Friday, October 5, 2012
WSU Nuclear Radiation Center Director participates in expert panel on NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Critical radiochemistry research and training funded by DOE
The awards will fund vital research into the nuclear fuel cycle, provide a minor infrastructure upgrade at the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center, and foster continued collaboration with two national laboratories.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Northwest Universities Garner Nuclear Energy Grants
NWPR's Anna King interviews the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center Director

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Nuclear energy deserves more credit: The Daily Evergreen

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Four New Nuclear Reactor Operator Licenses Issued
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues new licenses to students/staff at the WSU Reactor
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just issued four new nuclear reactor operator licenses to individuals at WSU.   Kelly Henry, (B.S. Chemistry, M.S. Teaching) is a WSU graduate and a full-time staff member and licensed Reactor Operator at the Nuclear Radiation Center. Kelly has earned a Senior Reactor Operator license, which is a significant accomplishment.  The following students have received Reactor Operator licenses: Jon Schillios (Mechanical Engineering), Stephen Trone (Mechanical Engineering) and Greg Turner (Electrical Engineering). Note that this is in addition to their engineering studies.

All four have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to reach these goals and they are to be commended for their efforts. Please join the Nuclear Radiation Center in extending congratulations to these dedicated individuals for a job well done!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
WSU Nuclear Reactor Operating License Renewed
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just issued on Friday, September 30, an operating license renewal for the WSU nuclear reactor. The new operating license will be valid until September 30, 2031. The dedicated and highly competent staff members and students at the Nuclear Radiation Center should be commended for the high quality of work that is required to maintain a safe facility in compliance with all Federal laws and regulations. WSU’s nuclear reactor, which is operated by the Nuclear Radiation Center, is one of only 12 university nuclear reactors in the U.S. that are licensed to operate at one million or more watts of power. The NRC is hosting class tours of the reactor facility in support of the WSU Common Reading Program.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just issued on Friday, September 30, an operating license renewal for the WSU nuclear reactor. The new operating license will be valid until September 30, 2031. The dedicated and highly competent staff members and students at the Nuclear Radiation Center should be commended for the high quality of work that is required to maintain a safe facility in compliance with all Federal laws and regulations.

WSU’s nuclear reactor, which is operated by the Nuclear Radiation Center, is one of only 12 university nuclear reactors in the U.S. that are licensed to operate at one million or more watts of power. The NRC is hosting class tours of the reactor facility in support of the WSU Common Reading Program. Faculty who are interested in arranging a tour for a class are invited to call the NRC at 335-8641 or e-mail to: Donald_wall@wsu.edu.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Lecture on nuclear power generates audience: The Daily Evergreen
Director of the Nuclear Radiation Center gives a lecture as part of the Common Reading Tuesday’s series

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Nuclear Reactor Allows Hands-On Learning For Students
Via WSU News.
Watch the video.

Monday, March 7, 2011
Celebrating 50 years of operation
A small group of employees, former and current, along with students and guests, gathered at the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center on Monday, March 7th, 2011 to celebrate 50 years of safe operation. The reactor was brought to criticality at 9:58 p.m., the original start-up time in 1961. Further celebrations marking the 50th anniversary will be made later in the month.

Watch the video.


Friday, March 4, 2011
Nuclear reactor celebrates milestones this month
PULLMAN – WSU’s Nuclear Radiation Center was completed 50 years ago, in March 1961, and a series of milestones during that month will be celebrated this month, according to Director Donald Wall.

Read the article.


 

 


Monday, February 14, 2011
New Reactor Operators
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues Reactor Operator Licenses to students at the WSU Reactor
Amber Donley, a graduate student in the WSU Chemistry Department and Kelly Henry (B.S. in Chemistry, WSU, and M.S. in Teaching, WSU) have recently completed the WSU Nuclear Radiation Center Nuclear Reactor Operator training program. Both Amber and Kelly have taken the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing examination and have just received their Nuclear Reactor Operator licenses.
Please join us in congratulating Amber and Kelly for reaching this exceptional milestone and for a job well done.

Contact: Patti Wilson plwilson@wsu.edu

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
You, too, can run a nuclear reactor.
By E. Kirsten Peters, Washington State Magazine.
Read the article here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Wall to discuss conversion of the WSU TRIGA Reactor
RICHLAND – “Conversion of the WSU TRIGA Reactor from HEU to LEU Fuel” will be presented at 12:10 p.m. Friday, April 23 at WSU Tri-Cities in the West Building, Room 256, at 2710 University Drive.
Read the announcement here.

Friday, October 3, 2008
Nuclear reactor fuel conversion completed
PULLMAN – WSU’s TRIGA-type research nuclear reactor was converted this week from high-enriched uranium (HEU) nuclear fuel to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The conversion is the result of a cooperative effort between the United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and WSU. As part of its nuclear nonproliferation mission, NNSA provides support to convert research reactors in the U.S. and around the world that operate on HEU fuel to LEU fuel.

Read the article here.


Friday, February 15, 2008
Researcher tracks uranium isotopes
Read the article here.

Friday, February 15, 2008
Nuclear radiation center open to view

Read the article here.