Virginia Section of the American Nuclear Society
The Virginia Section of the American Nuclear Society (VA-ANS) was chartered on September 26th, 1956. Its mission was, and still is, to promote the advancement of nuclear technology and professions in the Virginia and surrounding areas. Currently, VA-ANS has over 100 members representing Richmond, Lynchburg, the Tidewater area, Charlottesville, and the Dominion nuclear stations (North Anna and Surry). Monthly meetings bring members together to socialize and learn about industry trends, new technologies, and interesting projects.
Local companies and universities include:
- The Babcock and Wilcox Company
- Central Virginia Community College
- Cumberland Consulting
- Jefferson Lab
- Mega-Tech Services
- nHance Technologies, Inc.
- Northrop Grumman Newport News
- The Mitre Corporation
- Sweet Briar College
- University of Richmond
- University of Virginia
- Virginia Military Institute
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Tech
The American Nuclear Society is celebrating 60 years as the premier society for nuclear professionals. Our individual membership ranks include more than 11,000 engineers, scientists, educators, students, and others with nuclear related interests. Our members hail from more than 1,600 corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies from over 40 different countries. More than 80 industry-leading companies support the ANS as Organization Members.
ANS, a not-for-profit society, provides extensive opportunities for every professional group in the nuclear field to interact effectively via 22 divisions and technical groups, 59 U.S. and 10 non-U.S. local sections, 3 plant branches, and 43 U.S. and 3 non-U.S. student sections
The Society serves as an advocate for individuals and organizations having a stake in nuclear science and technology. Our Washington, D.C. office acts as a technical resource to senior policy and decision makers. ANS produces position papers on nuclear science and technology issues of our times, publishing these in print and on our website.
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) has added high school curriculum to Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our WorldTM, which is now available to educators. Navigating Nuclear is a nuclear science educational program that launched in 2018 beginning with middle school resources and was created by the ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information in conjunction with Discovery Education™. It is the first widely available program of its kind in the country. The high school curriculum is funded by and developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy, as is the elementary school curriculum to be launched in 2020.
“The difference between this curriculum and others is the professional expertise of ANS. Our members are involved in nuclear science and technology every day. They are the professionals actually making advances in nuclear science and technology. For example, a lesson on reactors of the future was reviewed by nuclear professionals designing and testing those very reactors,” said Eric Loewen, ANS Past President; and Chief Consulting Engineer of Advanced Nuclear Plants, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “ANS is contributing the most up-to-date information and research on nuclear science, nuclear energy, and their applications. Discovery Education turns that information into engaging curriculum resources.”
Navigating Nuclear high school resources will be rolled out over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, beginning with the launch of two lesson plans during Nuclear Science Week. The first two lessons cover radioactive decay and nuclear energy production. Additional resources that will be added include two lesson plans, STEM project starters, and a digital lesson bundle. An online Virtual Field Trip (VFT) will also debut February 18, during Engineers Week. The VFT will be a behind-the-scenes look at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development.
With the new high school curriculum, students will take a deeper dive into the nuclear science topics introduced in the middle school curriculum. While the middle school curriculum introduces students to background radiation, the high school curriculum explains how radioactive elements decay. Other lessons and resources will cover reactor technology, nuclear batteries, uses of cosmic radiation, and more.
“DOE is excited to be part of the Navigating Nuclear curriculum. Teaching about the science behind nuclear will educate the next generation about what nuclear energy can contribute to our world today and into the future,” said Dr. Rita Baranwal, Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy. “Education is essential to realizing the promise that nuclear technology can provide in areas such as clean energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen production, medical applications, food safety and water desalination.”
All Navigating Nuclear resources are available to educators and the public at no cost on navigatingnuclear.com, and are also available through Discovery Education’s Streaming and Science Techbook services. Since the launch of the middle school resources in 2018, approximately 14,000 classrooms and more than 474,000 students will have had access to the curriculum.