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Science Area: Nuclear Science

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David Green learned an important lesson about hard work as he pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Namely, if he put in the effort to understand a difficult subject, that subject became less difficult and was sometimes even fun.

The subject at hand was physics,...

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As a young girl Kelly Chipps believed she would become a field biologist. Then, in her junior year of high school, she studied physics with a teacher so in love with the subject that Chipps fell in love with it, too. She dropped biology in her senior year, opting to take a more advanced, calculus-ba...

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Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian, a Russian nuclear physicist and leading researcher in superheavy elements, collaborated with ORNL scientists in the discovery of tennessine, an element with atomic number 117.

Oganessian is a scientific leader of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, one of eigh...

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ORNL is proud of its role in fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. We bring in talented young researchers, team them with accomplished scientists and engineers, and put them to work at the lab’s one-of-a-kind facilities. The result is research that makes us proud and prepares th...

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ORNL is proud of its role in fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. We bring in talented young researchers, team them with accomplished scientists and engineers, and put them to work at the lab’s one-of-a-kind facilities. The result is research that makes us proud and prepares th...

Guinevere Shaw

"I chose a career in science for my innate curiosity for something much bigger than myself."

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Researchers with the ORNL-based Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors have performed the first major computational simulation of the operation of a nuclear power reactor.

Using a software suite known as the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications, or VERA, they modeled t...