Georgia Regents University will introduce local high school students to nuclear technology benefits and career opportunities during GRU Education Day, Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event, now in its second year, is held as part of Nuclear Science Week.
More than 60 sophomores and juniors from Evans High School in Columbia County and Technical Career Magnet School in Richmond County will participate in programs taught by regional nuclear experts and supported by faculty from the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy programs.
“We are delighted to offer this program again,” said Dr. Greg Passmore, GRU Professor of Nuclear Medicine Physics and Technology. “Our inaugural event last year was a great success. It is wonderful to see interest in nuclear technology sparked in such bright students, and we hope to expand the program in years to come.”
Representatives from CB&I AREVA MOX Services, a design and construction contractor of mixed oxide fuel fabrication facilities in Aiken, South Carolina, will present a program on the fundamentals of nuclear fuel and the benefits of nuclear medicine.
Volunteers from the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Education Committee will offer a second program, “Journey to the Center of the Atom,” that will allow students to explore atomic structure in a series of hands-on activities using a new Isotope Discovery Kit. These kits are available year-round to area teachers through the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Traveling Science program at the University of South Carolina, Aiken.
“GRU is providing a wonderful opportunity for high school students to understand the importance of nuclear technology in our everyday lives and to learn more about high-tech career options available locally in the field,” said Mindy Mets, Program Manager for the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization Nuclear Workforce Initiative. “Our region is highly respected for advances made through nuclear medicine, nuclear power, and nuclear research, and we are excited to again partner with GRU to offer this unique and informative event for young people.”
The day will conclude with a panel discussion on career opportunities hosted by GRU faculty and staff and practicing nuclear technology professionals.
Nuclear Science Week is a national weeklong celebration to focus local, regional, and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science, exploring its contributions, innovations, and opportunities. It is a partnership between the host organization; the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and nuclear industry partners, including the SRS Community Reuse Organization; Nuclear Energy Institute; Entergy; the U.S. Department of Energy; the American Nuclear Society; and the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging.
Georgia Regents University is a corporate sponsor of the 2014 Nuclear Science Week.