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Up-and-coming minds in stewardship science gathered in April in Chicago for the 2017 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium.
As part of its mission to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, NNSA sponsors academic programs to support state-of-the-art research at U.S. academic institutions in fundamental physical science and technology relevant to stockpile stewardship.
Through these programs, including the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program, the High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas Program, the National Laser Users' Facility (NLUF) Program, and the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program, students develop and grow in materials science, high-energy density physics, radiochemistry, and low-energy nuclear science.
“The SSAA program has indeed been successful, with more than 250 students hired by the NNSA national laboratories or other U.S. Government agencies,” said Dr. Sarah Wilk, SSAA Program Director. “Also, more than 4,500 publications have resulted from SSAA-funded research, representing a substantial contribution to our scientific body of knowledge.”
The symposium serves to highlight accomplishments of the academic programs through presentations and poster sessions. Furthermore, it fosters ties between students, participants, sponsors, and the NNSA National Laboratories to identify areas for future collaboration.
The symposium also offered a tour of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a type of ultra-bright, high energy light source that produces X-rays for material studies.
Learn more about how NNSA is developing the next generation of nuclear security experts.