Nuclear Regulatory Commission Awards Grant to Chemistry and Physics Faculty

December 13, 2011

Prof Cahill (PI-Chemistry) along with Co-PIs Bill Briscoe and Jerry Feldman (Physics) and guidance from Doug Shaw (Associate Dean-ESIA) have received an award of $300K from the Nuclear Regular Commission for their proposal: “The Science of Nuclear Materials: Development of a modular, laboratory-based curriculum to explore the properties of nuclear materials” . The team intends to develop a series of hands-on, laboratory based courses aimed at instilling fundamental scientific principles regarding nuclear energy issues to non-technical individuals. Target audiences will eventually be nuclear policy professionals, non-science majors and other stakeholders in the nuclear arena. GW is uniquely situated to ‘brigde the gap’ between technical and non-technical individuals considering our strength in both nuclear science and policy. The team intends to produce entirely new curriculum offerings as well as to develop of an exceptional instrumentation suite for teaching efforts.