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Trevino Featured in HPS Newsletter

April 7, 2016

The April edition of the Health Physics Society newsletter featured an article about Jose (Paco) Trevino, a NSSPI student working with Dr. Craig Marianno.  Trevino's research focuses on estimating radiation doses to search and rescue dogs in emergency-response scenarios. This involves calculating dose-rate conversion factors for internal and external dose pathways and developing a dose-assessment tool for canine handlers using the calculated dose-rate conversion factors. Trevino has received fellowship and scholarship funding from the Health Physics Society during his time as...
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JAEA Researcher Visits NSSPI to Discuss Nuclear Forensics Education and Research

April 4, 2016

Mr. Hiroshi Tamai, a principal researcher from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) Policy Research Office of the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN), visited NSSPI on February 29th to discuss nuclear security curriculum development with NSSPI faculty and prepare a mission report for submission to the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). In line with the JAEA's missions related to the establishment of a nuclear forensics framework in Japan, the focus of the discussions was nuclear forensics education, research, and development,...
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NSSPI Faculty and Students Attend 3S Seminar and Symposium in Japan

March 16, 2016

NSSPI faculty and students traveled to Japan for the 5th International Symposium and Seminar on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security, and Safeguards, which took place from February 21 - March 3.  The annual event is hosted and organized by the Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, NSSPI, the Japan chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, and the International Nuclear Research Collabo...
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Iran Nuclear Deal Science Advisor Speaks to INMM Student Chapter

March 3, 2016

On Wednesday, February 24th, Dr. R. Scott Kemp, Norman C. Rasmussen Chair in Nuclear Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), gave a presentation at the meeting of the Texas A&M University Student Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM).  Kemp spoke about "Nonproliferation in the Centrifuge Age" and held a discussion on the topic with students from the Department of Nuclear Engineering and INMM.  The presentation was part of a two-day visit to the Texas A&M Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Bush School of Governmen...
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NSSPI Co-Hosts Nuclear Security Training Workshop in India

February 24, 2016

The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) co-hosted a two and half-day nuclear security training workshop for the Indian academics from 10-12, February, 2016.  The workshop was held at the PDPU campus in Gandhinagar (Gujarat State), India and was sponsored by the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) with support from CRDF Global. The audience for the workshop included 21 faculty members and 43 students from ten different universities in India.  ...
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GNEII 3S Fundamentals Course Under Way

February 18, 2016

For the past five years, NSSPI has been providing subject matter experts to serve as instructors at the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE for their 3S Fundamentals course, a thirteen week course in the basic concepts of nuclear energy with particular emphasis on nuclear safety, safeguards, and security (3S).  GNEII was created under the guidance and support of the US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and the US Department of State, with NSSPI and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) collabor...
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NSSPI research team develops methodology for tracing illegal nuclear material to source

February 4, 2016

Written by: Robert (Chris) Scoggins, Originally published on engineering.tamu.edu. Researchers at the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) in conjunction with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Professor Charles M. Folden III at the Cyclotron Institute, have developed a new method in nuclear forensics research to determine the reactor origins of weapons-grade plutonium. This methodology gives investigators and other government entities the ability to track the production source of black market nuclear materials, specificall...
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Chirayath Lectures at Nuclear Security and Safeguards Professional Development Course for Sub-Saharan Africa

January 5, 2016

NSSPI Interim Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath participated in the second part of a joint professional development course with the National Nuclear Security Administration's International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP), the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), and the African Center for Science and International Security (AFRICSIS).  The objectives of this course were to provide training and academic information on introducing nuclear security and safeguards topics into the engineering curriculum at Ghanaian, Kenyan, and Nigerian universit...
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NSSPI Hosts Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters

November 16, 2015

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters (DASD(NM)), Dr. Vahid Majidi, visited the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), Texas A&M University, and The Bush School of Government and Public Policy on October 29 and 30. Majidi's office sponsors several projects with NSSPI that integrate both technical and policy aspects of nuclear security. During his visit, Majidi toured several campus facilities, including Disaster City and the Emergency Operations Training Center. He gave presentations to and engaged in discussions with students from...
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Distinguished Los Alamos Scientist Visits NSSPI

November 3, 2015

Longtime Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, Dr. Charles Bathke, visited the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute on October 20th to interact with NSSPI students and give presentations.  Bathke's current work involves analyzing material attractiveness, which is the relative utility of different nuclear materials to an adversary looking to assemble a nuclear explosive device.  He spoke on this topic during the nuclear nonproliferation and arms control (NUEN 650) class and at a meeting of the Texas A&M student chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Mate...
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