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ReActions – August 2015

August 13, 2015 Volume 34
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The World Needs Nuclear

In this video, ANS President, Gene Grecheck talks about why the world needs nuclear. Listen as Gene talks about the benefits of nuclear technology and the importance it plays in our lives, and how American Nuclear Society members are shaping public discourse about nuclear.

Latest News

Some 25 percent of the world’s population still has no access to electricity, and that number is over 90 percent in some countries.

For the 75 percent of the world’s people who have at least some electricity, close to two-thirds of that electricity is generated by carbon-based fuels, with less than five percent coming from wind and solar.

Despite extensive dialog about the effects of CO2 emissions on world climate, the bulk of the world’s energy comes from burning coal, oil, or natural gas, and will likely continue to do so for a long time into the future.

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Nuclear Science Week (NSW) is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional, national, and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. NSW takes place each year on the third week of October, and each day of NSW provides for  exploring the contributions, innovations, and opportunities that can be found in nuclear science.

During this week, we invite teachers to help their students “Get to Know Nuclear” and participate in a week-long celebration that advances education, stimulates participation, and generates communication that provides insight and visibility for the achievements of the nuclear sciences.

We’d love to hear from you! Please send your pictures and classroom stories to us at and you may see your classroom in a future issue of ReActions!




After the success of our inaugural contest last year, ANS is bringing back the Nuclear Art & Multimedia Contest!  Encourage your students to design posters, produce a classroom video, or create memes supporting nuclear science and technology and they could win prizes for your school. This nationwide contest is open to middle – high school students in the U.S. Entries should be submitted electronically from now until October 23, 2015.

Your students will love learning about the variety of energy sources, such as, renewables (wind, solar and biomass, etc.), fossil fuels, and nuclear energy while playing the Energy Action Game.  They will learn that nuclear energy is important to the energy mix and helps provide a bridge to a sustainable future energy supply.



FREE Science Teachers’ Workshop Understanding Radiation and its Applications October 24 / Knoxville, TN

The ANS Oak Ridge / Knoxville Local Section will host a FREE half-day science teacher workshop at the Knoxville Convention Center. 

Teach Nuclear Science With Confidence Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World November 7 / Washington, DC

This full-day professional development workshop will prepare attendees to teach the basics about radiation, how we detect radiation, and uses of nuclear science and technology in society. Teachers who complete the workshop will receive a Teacher Resource Guide,  radiation sources, and a Civil Defense Geiger counter.

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