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NUCLEAR IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

In the century or so since the start of nuclear science, we’ve made many useful discoveries. Nuclear medicine covers diagnosing diseases, treating patients with cancer and sterilizing gowns, gloves, masks, syringes and implants. What are the next exciting frontiers? Find out during a panel presentation on February 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 at CNA2020.

As the Technical and Business Director for Medical Isotopes at Kinectrics, Travis Besanger is responsible for building a strong value chain for Kinectrics’s products and for establishing a state-of-the-art isotope processing centre at the company’s Teeswater, Ontario, location. Before joining Kinectrics in 2019, he had 13 years of experience in the radiopharmaceutical industry. Most of that was at the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, where he led commercialization of radiopharmaceuticals and medical isotope products.

Image of Thomas R. Burnett is Vice-President and General Manager of BWXT Isotope Technology Group (ITG) Canada. He is responsible for all aspects in the establishment and direction of the BWXT ITG Canada operation. Before joining BWXT in 2017, Burnett had varying levels of responsibility in the nuclear medicine industry related to marketing. He has worked in sales, general management and consulting at Nordion, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ernst & Young and Merck Frosst.

Image of Karen MossmanKaren Mossman is the Associate Vice-President of Research at McMaster University. Mossman joined McMaster in 2001 with a research focus on understanding the interactions between viruses and their hosts, both in normal healthy cells and in cancer cells. The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine Professor’s goal is to develop novel therapy approaches for emerging viral infections and cancer. She also serves as Chair of the Board of the McMaster Innovation Park.

Find the complete CNA2020 schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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CNA2020 Sponsor Spotlight: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on each of its CNA2020 Gold-level sponsors, which includes the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

The CNSC was established in 2000 under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. It reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources. The CNSC replaced the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB), which was founded in 1946.

The CNSC regulates the development, production, possession, use and transportation of nuclear energy, materials and equipment to protect health, safety, security and the environment. It enforces Canada’s international commitments to control the development, production, transportation and use of nuclear energy and materials, including measures related to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The CNSC’s mandate is also to share objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public about its activities and on the effects on the environment; on the health and safety of people; and on the development, production, possession, transport and use of nuclear substances.

The CNSC makes independent, fair and transparent decisions on licensing nuclear-related activities. The commission has up to seven appointed permanent members. Their decisions are supported by more than 800 employees. They are a diverse team of highly skilled nuclear professionals, including scientists, engineers, corporate professionals, new graduates and students. These employees review applications for licences according to regulatory requirements, make recommendations to the commission, and enforce compliance with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, regulations and any licence conditions imposed by the commission.

At CNA2020, you can find the CNSC at Booth 108.

You can still register for the conference at https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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CNA SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY

When the era of nuclear energy began more than 50 years ago, Westinghouse Electric Company was there. Today, Westinghouse is the leading global supplier of safe and innovative energy solutions. They provide customers around the world with reliable and dependable nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel, plant automation and operating plant products and services for energy providers. Westinghouse is driven by their powerful history and experience, ground-breaking ideas, focus on safety and sustainability, and their strong team of about 9,000 employees worldwide.

Westinghouse recently acquired Rolls-Royce’s Civil Nuclear Systems and Services business in North America and in select sites in Europe. This is in addition to the acquisition of NA Engineering Associates, which was completed in mid-2019. Both acquisitions represent a strategic investment in expanding the company’s nuclear products and services offerings while growing its presence in Canada.

Through these transactions, Westinghouse is further optimizing customer planning and maintenance, and providing innovative systems and services to maximize performance, cost-effectiveness and support life extension of the nuclear plants worldwide.

Westinghouse is the Gold-level sponsor of the CNA2020 mobile app. Visit them at Booth 106.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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IEA’S FATIH BIROL TO SPEAK AT CNA2020

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IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol

Part of the stellar lineup at CNA2020 will be International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol.

On Thursday, February 27, Birol will take the main stage at 09:00. That’s after federal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan and before World Association of Nuclear Operations Chairman Tim Mitchell and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission President Rumina Velshi.

Before becoming executive director in 2015, Birol served for nine years as the IEA’s chief economist and director of Global Energy Economics in Paris. He began his second four-year term as executive director in September 2019.

Under his leadership, the IEA embarked on its first comprehensive modernization program since its creation in 1974.

Last year, the IEA released its landmark fuel report Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System during the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver. The report is the IEA’s first to address nuclear power in nearly 20 years. According to the report, “With nuclear power facing an uncertain future in many countries, the world risks a steep decline in its use in advanced economies that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions.”

Birol is also responsible for the IEA’s flagship report World Energy Outlook 2019. It is recognized as the most authoritative source for strategic analysis of global energy markets. “It explains the impact of today’s decisions on tomorrow’s energy systems, and describes a pathway that enables the world to meet climate, energy access and air quality goals while maintaining a strong focus on the reliability and affordability of energy for a growing global population.”

Don’t miss out on this presenter as he takes part in the CNA’s conference for a second year in a row. To register for CNA2020, please visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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CNA2020 Sponsor Spotlight: Tetra Tech

Need to stay connected with family and the office while attending CNA2020 in Ottawa? You can thank Gold-level sponsor Tetra Tech for supporting the Internet Cafes in the trade show area.

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services. It is a full-service company with a global reach in the areas of water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy and international development. The company supports governmental and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions.

Based in Pasadena, California, Tetra Tech has 450 offices worldwide — including 42 in Canada, from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia and Yukon. With 20,000 associates worldwide, Tetra Tech’s capabilities span the entire project life cycle. It has the global presence and resources to complete today’s most demanding projects.

Since 1966, Tetra Tech has been Leading with Science to address its clients’ most complex needs. Its mission is to be the premier worldwide consulting and engineering firm.

At CNA2020, you can find Tetra Tech at Booth 110, next to one of the two Internet Cafes. Look for the Wi-Fi symbol on the conference floor plan to see where.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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Earth to Mars in 100 days: The power of nuclear rockets

An image of a nuclear-powered rocketIt may sound like science fiction, but it’s not. Thanks to nuclear technology, traveling from Earth to Mars in 100 days could be a reality in the near future.

At the August 20 National Space Council meeting, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave a presentation on developing nuclear propulsion technology.

Using nuclear thermal propulsion is one way that could help the space agency meet its goal to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s.

“That is absolutely a game-changer for what NASA is trying to achieve,” Space.com reported Bridenstine as saying.

Currently, using a chemical-powered rocket, it would take approximately eight months to travel from Earth to Mars. This means a longer period of time for astronauts to be exposed to radiation from space travel.

A nuclear-powered rocket could cut the travel time by more than half, reducing the time in space and exposure to radiation.

“That gives us an opportunity to really protect life, when we talk about the radiation dose when we travel between Earth and Mars,” Bridenstine explained.

New research shows the need to speed up the time traveling in deep space and reduce exposure to radiation is important. A University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine study found that mice exposed to interplanetary space travel radiation levels for six months suffered from serious learning and memory impairment.

Reduced travel time would also reduce the amount of food, water and oxygen a crew would have to carry for the journey.

How does it work?

Phys.org explained the technology this way: “A marble-sized ball of uranium fuel undergoes fission, releasing a tremendous amount of heat. This heats up hydrogen to almost 2,500 degrees Celsius, which is then expelled out the back of the rocket at extremely high velocity, giving the rocket two to three times the propulsion efficiency of a chemical rocket.”

Using nuclear power for deep space exploration is not a new idea.

The U.S. military and NASA began research on the concept in the 1950s, with the Project Rover program and in the 1960s with the Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Applications (NERVA) program.

Several tests were conducted on nuclear-powered engines, but the program was canceled in 1973 before any flight tests of the engine took place as NASA decided to scrap moon and Mars missions and focus on the space shuttle program.

But now, the idea of a nuclear-power rocket is making a comeback at NASA.