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Nuclear Science: Unravelling the Big Bang

One of the most popular shows on television, the Big Bang Theory has created a buzz around science thanks in part to the quirky antics of theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper, as portrayed by actor Jim Parsons. Far from Gino the Neutrino, real life physicist and Nobel Laureate, Art McDonald has been working to unravel the mystery of the Big Bang. Like the character of Dr. Cooper, he believes neutrinos hold some answers to understanding the evolution of the universe.

“The knowledge of properties of neutrinos are important in understanding our origins. They have a significant influence in the way in which the universe evolves and the way in which the elements are created in collapsing stars etc.,” according to Dr. Art McDonald, Professor Emeritus, Queens University and Nobel Laureate. “In fact, with the series of nuclear reactions in stars and supernova that build up the elements starting with hydrogen, you can understand within a factor of 2 or so the abundances of all the elements up to iron. It gives us a pretty strong confirmation of where the elements came from. From a cultural point of view, we have an understanding of our origins as stardust.”

Almost massless and so penetrating that it took many years for them to even be observed, neutrinos are particles that are produced in enormous numbers in the core of the Sun. They were observed with a ten-storey tall detector 2 km underground with a core of 1000 tonnes of heavy water loaned from Canada’s reserves and known as The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). In 2015 McDonald’s work earned the highest honour with a Nobel Prize in Physics, an award which he shared with Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita.

“I am very conscious of the fact that I was the director and singled out for the prize but the work was done by hundreds of people, including scientists from Chalk River. Two-hundred and seventy-three authors including over two-hundred students and post-docs,” according to McDonald.

McDonald’s achievements were recently honoured again, this time by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) where he was presented with the the prestigious WB Lewis Award. The award, named after the physicist who was a leader in the development of the CANDU reactor, is given every year to a scientist has made a significant contribution to the field of nuclear science.  McDonald, like Lewis, worked in Chalk River and had the opportunity to meet the award’s namesake.

Photo Courtesy of Art McDonald

“I didn’t work with him but I knew him and particularly I knew what his impact was on the nuclear industry. He was a very intelligent person who brought innovation to the field,” according to McDonald.

An innovator himself, McDonald’s work has taken him deep beneath the surface of the Earth at the SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario to avoid the cosmic rays that would otherwise interfere with measurements. In this ultra-low radioactivity laboratory, researchers are working on further understanding the universe, how it has evolved and the dark matter that holds our galaxy together.

Attracting talent from all over the world, the SNOLAB is determined to make Canada a world leader in particle physics and to help train the next generation of scientists. For McDonald, the next generation of science will include investments in nuclear science and nuclear energy.

“I think nuclear is a very important technology for the future and I am confident that the techniques that have been developed for handling of nuclear waste are up to the job,” according to McDonald. “I think it’s necessary because many of the other things that we should be pursuing as well, solar and wind are episodic in nature and we need a solid baseload that doesn’t pollute our environment on a daily basis.”

Thanks to the work of Dr. McDonald and others we are one step closer to understanding the origins of our universe and how it evolved.

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CNS Call for Papers

The Conference
The Canadian Nuclear Society will be holding its 8th International Conference on Simulation Methods in Nuclear Science and Engineering in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 9-11, 2018 (Tue -Thu).

Objective of the Conference
The objective of the Conference is to provide an international forum for discussion and exchange of information, results and views amongst scientists and engineers working in the various fields of nuclear science and engineering.

Topics of interest
The scope of the Conference covers all aspects of nuclear science and engineering, modelling and simulation, including, but not limited to:

  • Reactor Physics
  • Thermalhydraulics
  • Safety Analysis
  • Fuel and Fuel Channel Analysis
  • Computer Codes and Modelling
  • Verification &Validation of Computer Codes
  • Best-Estimate and Probabilistic Safety Analysis
  • Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis
  • Monte Carlo and its Applications
  • Operation Support
  • Simulation for Fusion Energy Applications
  • Advanced Reactors & Advanced Fuel Cycles
  • Irradiated-Fuel, Proliferation Resistance
  • Plant Refurbishment and Commissioning

Courses, Workshops and Tours (preliminary):
Tour to Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories (Fri 12) Workshops on DRAGON and SERPENT (Tue 9)

Important dates and deadlines
Full-paper submission: 2018 May 1
Notification of acceptance: 2018 July 1
Final paper submission: 2018 September 1

Local Organising Committee
Executive Chair: Adriaan Buijs, McMaster University
Technical Program Chair: Eleodor Nichita, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Plenary Program Chair: Wei Shen, CANDU Owners Group
Assistant Executive Chair: Ben Rouben, 12&1 Consulting
Treasurer: Mohamed Younis, Retired (formerly AECL)

Conference Secretariat (All Inquiries):
CNS Office: cns-snc@on.aibn.com
Tel.: +1 416-977-7620

Guidelines for Submission of Papers:
Submissions should present facts that are new and significant or represent a state-of-the-art review.
Submit full papers to: https://www.softconf.com/h/8icsmnse.
The template can be found here and on the conference website.

For more information please visit: http://cns-snc.ca/events/8icsmnse/

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2018 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards – Call for Nominations

We are announcing the Call for Nominations for the 2018 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). These Awards represent an opportunity to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions, technical and non-technical, to various aspects of nuclear science and technology in Canada.

Nominations may be submitted for any of the following Awards:
• W. B. Lewis Medal
• Ian McRae Award
• Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award
• Innovative Achievement Award
• John S. Hewitt Team Achievement Award
• Education and Communication Award
• George C. Laurence Award for Nuclear Safety
• Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society
• E. Jervis Award

The deadline to submit nominations is January 19, 2018. The Awards will be officially presented during the CNS Annual Conference held June 3 – 6, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK.

For detailed information on the nomination package, Awards criteria, and how to submit the nomination please visit: https://cns-snc.ca/cns/awards.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruxandra Dranga, Chair – CNS/CNA Honours and Awards Committee by email at awards@cns-snc.ca.

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The CNS/CNA Honours and Awards Committee is Still Seeking Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA), has been extended to February 3, 2017.

These Awards represent an opportunity to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions, technical and non-technical, to various aspects of nuclear science and technology in Canada. They will officially be presented during the CNS Annual Conference, held June 4 – 7, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Nominations may be submitted for any of the following Awards:

  • W. B. Lewis Medal
  • Ian McRae Award
  • Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Innovative Achievement Award
  • John S. Hewitt Team Achievement Award
  • Education and Communication Award
  • George C. Laurence Award for Nuclear Safety
  • Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society
  • R. E. Jervis Award

For detailed information on the nomination package, Awards criteria, and how to submit the nomination, see the linked brochure or visit: cns-snc.ca/cns/awards. The nomination package shall include a completed and signed nomination checklist.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ruxandra Dranga.

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2017 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards – Call for Nominations

We are announcing the Call for Nominations for the 2017 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). These Awards represent an opportunity to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions, technical and non-technical, to various aspects of nuclear science and technology in Canada.

Nominations may be submitted for any of the following Awards:

  • B. Lewis Medal
  • Ian McRae Award
  • Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Innovative Achievement Award
  • John S. Hewitt Team Achievement Award
  • Education and Communication Award
  • George C. Laurence Award for Nuclear Safety
  • Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society
  • E. Jervis Award

The deadline to submit nominations is January 14, 2017The Awards will be officially presented during the CNS Annual Conference held June 4-7, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

For detailed information on the nomination package, Awards criteria, and how to submit the nomination please visit: http://cns-snc.ca/cns/awards.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruxandra Dranga, Chair – CNS/CNA Honours and Awards Committee by email at awards@cns-snc.ca, or by phone at 613-717-2338.

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Cottrill Wins Education and Communication Award (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our chat with CNS/CNA Education and Communication Award WiNner, Women-in-Nuclear Canada (WiN) Executive Director, Cheryl Cottrill. Cheryl is a passionate advocate for Canada’s nuclear industry and all of the many benefits our community brings to Canada and the world – such as low-carbon stable baseload electricity generation, important R&D for health and safety in many sectors like the auto, food, and health industries, and life-saving nuclear medical technologies.

Read part one about Cheryl’s Award and advocacy here.

[TalkNUclear:] What is next for you as Executive Director of WiN?

[Cheryl:] Our annual conference October 24-26 is my main focus at the moment. WiN-Bruce is hosting this year. The conference will focus on professional development, something women don’t generally take the time to work on as much as they probably should. By the time delegates leave the conference they will have the foundation of a career plan to further develop with the knowledge they have garnered throughout the conference. You can find more information about the conference at www.wincanada.org.

We have our second GIRLS (Girls in Real Life Science) Science Camp next week and we are partnering with the PWU (Power Workers Union) and NAYGN (North American Young Generation Nuclear) in two Skills Work! Summer Camps for Grades 7 & 8 in August.

Cheryl Cottrill (C) of Women in Nuclear (WiN) Bruce, helps Sarita Ahmed (L), 11, of Port Elgin, and Amanda Stuart, 10, of Kincardine in designing the perfect hot chocolate cup at the Girls Engineering Math Science (GEMS) Camp. Photo credit: The Saugeen Times

[TalkNUclear:] What can the industry do better to promote an appreciation of the benefits of nuclear technology?

[Cheryl:] We need to do a better job bragging about our accomplishments. We provide clean, reliable, baseload power to Canada, which powers our hospitals, schools, nursing homes, businesses and our homes. Our industry is also responsible for the production of isotopes and Cobalt 60, which are used in medical applications throughout the world to save many lives each day. This is all a very good news story that we need to shout from the rooftops. We have some of the brightest minds in Canada working in our industry and we need to do a better job of recognizing these people and celebrate successes throughout the industry.

[TalkNUclear:] On the topic of “advancing female interest in careers in the fields of science and technology,” do you have an opinion about the recent campaign by the European Commission called “Science, it’s a girl thing”?

[Cheryl:] First off, I’m sure their hearts were in the right place trying to do a video campaign that would appeal to 13-17 year old girls, but I believe that challenging stereotypes by using stereotypes, is misguided and not at all effective.

If I were a woman working in a science career I believe I’d be completely offended by the fluff and cuteness of this video. I doubt any female scientist goes to work in a mini-skirt and 3” heels.

Science is indeed a girl thing, but we need to promote this by providing girls with role models of women who have chosen STEM careers and are making positive contributions to society. That is what girls really want from careers today. They want a career where they can make the world a better place and where better to do that than through science. Providing girls with female role models, showing them how science connects to their world in a fun hands-on approach will help foster a life-long love of science.

Thanks, Cheryl. We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations again!

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