Nuclear and Radiation Studies: Workshop Reports/Summaries

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident: Summary of a Symposium (2014)

The topic of the 2014 Gilbert W. Beebe symposium was prompted by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was initiated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. This was the fourth major nuclear accident that has occurred since the beginning of the nuclear age some 60 years ago. The rarity of nuclear accidents and the limited amount of existing experiences that have bee... More >>

Tracking Radiation Exposure from Medical Diagnostic Procedures: Workshop Report (2012)

The growing use of medical diagnostic procedures such as diagnostic computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging exams brings tremendous benefits in the care of most patients. Yet there are growing concerns about the potential health risks resulting from the associated radiation exposure and increase in utilization. A number of initiatives in radiation safety in medicine have taken place in the United States and internationally... More >>

Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Converting U.S. and Russian Research Reactors: A Workshop Report (2012)

The availability of highly enriched uranium (HEU) is a significant proliferation and security concern, particularly in the civilian sector, where resources may not be available or used to protect the material adequately during storage or transport. This report focuses on the civilian use of HEU as fuel for research reactors, which are used in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, including nuclear engineering, nuclear physic... More >>

Proliferation Risk in Nuclear Fuel Cycles: Workshop Summary (2012)

In recent years, there has been a worldwide resurgence in interest in nuclear energy -- and this expansion has spurred concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation. The concerns stem from that fact that fuel will be required for new power plants and that those plants will produce spent-fuel waste. As a result some nations may be interested in constructing nuclear fuel cycle facilities, particularly enrichment or reprocessing facilities. Metric... More >>

Science and Technology Needs for DOE Site Cleanup: Workshop Summary (2007)

Beginning in the 1980s, the United States government began a costly effort to clean up the materials, wastes, and environmental contamination resulting from past nuclear weapons production activities. The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management asked the National Research Council to provide technical and strategic advice to support the development and implementation of a technology "roadmap" to guide its technology developmen... More >>