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Animation Of Nuclear And Radiochemistry Processes

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Nuclear Waste and the Environment

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8.225.1 - 8.225.14



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Efrat Strassberg

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Sheldon Landsberger University of Texas at Austin

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Kathy Schmidt The University of Texas at Austin

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Session 2377

Animation of Nuclear and Radiochemistry Processes

S. Landsberger, E. Strassberg

Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab University of Texas at Austin


K. Schmidt

Faculty Innovative Center College of Engineering University of Texas at Austin


One of the main needs for the US Department of Energy (DOE) is the training of students with advanced degrees in radiochemistry to maintain on going and new programs in radioactive waste management, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear medicine, non-proliferation, and the new areas of homeland security. In the past two decades, the number of students choosing radiochemistry has dramatically fallen to the point where there is a dearth of qualified personnel to work in above mentioned areas. Traditionally nuclear and radiochemistry was taught in chemistry departments. But as research funding decreased and radiochemistry was considered to be “old chemistry”, the vast majority of academic institutions ceased to hire young faculty in this area. This inadvertently led to fewer courses taught resulting in small numbers of students being exposed to even basic nuclear and radiochemistry concepts. As the demographics of US DOE National Laboratories show signs of its employees getting older and retiring, there remains this critical need to revitalize nuclear and radiochemistry, particularly at the graduate level. In 1999, The DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology (NE) established the "Radiochemistry Education Award Program" (REAP) to provide matching funds to universities interested in improving the educational aspects of their radiochemistry education programs. The key to this 3-year program is the matching funds provided by the respective University, thus expressing support for the development of radiochemistry on their campus. Three universities were initially funded; Washington State University, Clemson University and University of Missouri at Columbia. In 2001, three more universities were funded that included University of Texas at Austin, Colorado University and Washington State University.

Many engineering courses throughout North America are experiencing paradigm shifts in “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Strassberg, E., & Landsberger, S., & Schmidt, K. (2003, June), Animation Of Nuclear And Radiochemistry Processes Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11580

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