In June, the UW-Madison student section of the
American Nuclear Society (ANS) received the Samuel Glasstone Award
for best student section. Established in 1969, the award is presented
to ANS student branches that have made notable achievements in public
service and advancing nuclear science and engineering.
In addition to many existing programs, this year’s UW-ANS student
section developed several new programs, including a Girl Scout nuclear
science workshop that complemented five separate annual Boy Scout workshops,
weekly mentoring a middle school Science Olympiad team, two shadow days
during which the group hosted nearly a dozen high school students, and
a campus-wide energy trivia game that awarded more than $4,000 in prizes.
This year’s award follows last year’s honorable mention
award; the group earned best student section awards in 2003 and 2004.
The university recognized the research accomplishments
of Senior Scientist
Laila A. El-Guebaly when it awarded her a research professor title.
She earned advanced degrees in nuclear engineering: a master’s
degree from UW-Madison in 1973 and a PhD from the University of Alexandria,
Egypt, in 1979. She began her career as an assistant professor of mathematics
and physics at the University of Alexandria; three years later, she
became a research associate with the UW-Madison Fusion Technology Institute
(FTI). During the last 15 years, El-Guebaly has been principal investigator
or co-PI on grants totaling more than $10 million. She is author or
co-author of more than 85 refereed journal papers, more than 30 non-refereed
conference papers and more than 40 reports.
Corradini has joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory
Committee on Reactor Safeguards. The ACRS reviews and reports on safety
studies and reactor facility license and license renewal applications,
advises the NRC on the hazards of proposed and existing reactor facilities
and the adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards, and initiates
reviews of specific generic matters or nuclear facility safety-related
items. The ACRS also reviews NRC research activities and provides an
annual report. Upon request from the Department of Energy, the ACRS
reviews and provides reports on U.S. Naval reactor designs under a reimbursable
agreement. Upon request, and with NRC consent, the ACRS is required
to provide advice to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Graduate student McLean Machut received
a $42,500 Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative fellowship from the U.S. Department
of Energy. This fellowship program within the DOE Office of Nuclear
Energy is geared toward studying ways to close the nuclear fuel cycle
and recycle components of used nuclear reactor fuel. Machut was among
12 fellowship recipients, which are awarded to students who plan to
pursue research in technical areas including the separation of nuclear
waste components, the fabrication of these components into recycled
fuel, and the preparation of new waste forms with increased long-term