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Professor Joonhong Ahn hosts the JSPS-CJS International Symposium Sept 30 – Oct 1

Professor Joonhong Ahn, Faculty Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at LBNL, member of the IRC leadership team, and Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, is hosting the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and UCB Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) International Symposium on “Perspectives on 70 Years of […]

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IRC Director Kai Vetter elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

IRC Director, Professor Kai Vetter, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society “for pioneering contributions to fundamental radiation detection techniques, particularly gamma-ray imaging, and important societal applications.”  The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, […]

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IRC hosts Japanese students & faculty from Tokyo & Hiroshima universities

The IRC leadership and staff hosted a group of graduate students from the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent (DOJO program), and a faculty member from the Lab of Forest Ecology from Hiroshima University. On Monday, September 14, the DOJO students visited UC Berkeley to kick off an extended study […]

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Major Bay Area media outlets cover helicopter flyover

Major Bay Area media outlets, as well as local news stations, reported on the low-flying helicopter, which buzzed by the UC Berkeley campus, Downtown San Francisco, Pacifica, and around the Bay Area this week. The National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter was participating in a Department of Homeland Security project to measure natural background radiation. The team […]

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IAEA Releases Director General’s Report on Fukushima Daiichi Accident

  The IAEA has released a report on the Fukushima accident, which is accompanied by the release of five technical volumes containing analysis about the accident from international experts. Find a copy of the report & technical volumes at: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-releases-director-general%E2%80%99s-report-fukushima-daiichi-accident The report and volumes are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. A full Japanese […]

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Time-Lapse Analysis Offers New Look at How Cells Repair DNA Damage

A computerized way has been developed to measure DNA repair in thousands of human mammary epithelial cells before and after they’re exposed to ionizing radiation. Microscopy images are acquired about every half hour over a span of up to two days, and the resulting sequence of images shows hotspots inside cells where DNA is under […]

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Low-Flying Helicopter Near Lab This Week

The Applied Nuclear Physics program is participating in a research project sponsored by Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to improve gamma radiation sensing technology. Naturally occurring background radiation will be collected with a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter. More> Source: Today at Berkeley Lab

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Cellular Contamination Pathway Identified for Plutonium and Other Heavy Elements

Berkeley Lab scientists have reported a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. Source: Today at Berkeley Lab

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IRC Director Kai Vetter & His Daughter Tour Japan Starting August 29

Four years later, there is still much work to do to revitalize and rebuild Fukushima. IRC Director, Kai Vetter, and his daughter, Sophia, will be traveling across Japan starting August 29th to visit and meet experts, community leaders, local citizens, and students in Fukushima prefecture, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Follow their journey on the IRC […]

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IRC Director Kai Vetter Presents at The Pacific Rim Forum

June 9, 2015 Today, the Institute for Resilient Communities Director Kai Vetter co-chaired the session on emergency response and mitigation as well as provided a presentation on his research on post event measurements and sensing at the Pacific Rim Forum on the “Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities.” The event was the latest in a series […]

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