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ANS Section scholarships available to area STEM students

Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.

The Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS-EWS) is committed to encouraging students to enter the rewarding fields of nuclear science and technology and to advancing the nuclear-related careers of young people.

ANS-EWS has established the Gary Troyer Memorial Scholarship to encourage high school graduates to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). One $1000 scholarship for tuition is available to a 2015 high school graduate in the following eastern Washington counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Walla Walla and Whitman.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current high school or home-schooled seniors attending school in the specified counties in eastern Washington
  • Anticipate completion of high school diploma at the time of application
  • Plan to pursue a degree in a STEM field at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Have a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school
  • Be active in either Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts during their youth

Preference will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Pursuing a degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or a nuclear-related field
  • Acceptance to an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Recipients of the Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts or the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts
Gary Troyer, shown here with author Gwyneth Cravens at the 2014 Nuclear Science Week event.

Gary Troyer, shown here with author Gwyneth Cravens at the 2014 Nuclear Science Week event.

Scholarship established in honor of Gary Troyer

Gary Troyer was a nuclear chemist and computer scientist who tragically passed away in a 2014 vehicle accident. In addition to a distinguished professional career, he was extremely active in community and outreach activities. Gary held memberships in the American Nuclear Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Health Physics Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was both past President and President-Elect of the ANS Eastern Washington Section and a member of the Board of Directors. He was Vice-Chair and Public Relations Chair of the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club. Gary also served as current Chairman of Citizens for Medical Isotopes and was an outspoken advocate for a strong medical isotope program.

Gary was active in the Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was on the Board of Directors, served on past Council Commissioner, and had organized several Merit Badge Weekends for Scouts wanting to earn their Nuclear Technology Merit Badge. He holds the Scouting Silver Beaver Award.

The Gary Troyer Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of his many contributions to the community and to his passion for educating and furthering the independence of young people.

College and Graduate School Scholarships also available

ANS-Eastern Washington Section is also making available up to three one-year, $1000 scholarships for college and graduate students in applied nuclear science or a related field. Applicants must have completed a minimum of two years in an accredited undergraduate program by June 2015 and be enrolled full-time in a four-year college or university in the U.S. Graduate students in their first or second year of study are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must be planning a career in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or a nuclear-related field. Note that the ANS chapter scholarships are, for the most part, restricted to schools in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information

Visit the ANS-EWS website at and download the 2015 scholarship packets (see right column under the Downloads section). The packets include further details and application forms.

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for both scholarships is March 31, 2015.

The American Nuclear Society is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization. ANS provides its members with opportunities for professional development and serves the nuclear community by creating a forum for sharing information and advancements in technology, and by engaging the public and policy makers through communication outreach. The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.

February meeting: James Conca to discuss nuclear waste


ANS-Eastern Washington Section February Meeting
Tuesday, February 17
6:00 p.m.
Shilo Inn, Richland, WA


The Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society is holding its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Shilo Inn in Richland.  The dinner speaker will be international energy expert and Forbes contributor James Conca, PhD.


What’s Happened to our Nuclear Waste Disposal Program?

James Conca, PhD

James Conca, PhD

What is nuclear waste? What is commercial spent fuel (SNF)? What is high-level nuclear waste (HLW)?  What is transuranic waste (TRU)? It depends upon where you look: most statutes and discussions use a relic of the old source-based HLW definition established by the Atomic Energy Commission over 40 years ago.

The original nuclear waste disposal strategy was simple and science-based, but various geopolitical issues changed it dramatically. I will review the program from its beginning in 1956 to the present, covering the proposed HLW sites, the winnowing to the final three, the choice of Yucca Mountain, the formation of the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission and its recommendation, and the ramifications for commercial spent fuel.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, our Nation’s other nuclear waste deep geologic repository, will also be reviewed with its mission for TRU waste, details of the recent accident and future prospects.

These issues are not academic. Few issues in history have involved so much unnecessary effort and cost over what is a fairly easy scientific problem.


Meeting Schedule

6 p.m. – Social / Networking (no-host bar)
6:30 p.m. – Buffet dinner
7 p.m. – Presentation (approximately one hour with questions)


Dinner reservations are requested by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and can be made via phone at 509-521-6499 or via email to the ANS-EW Treasurer at

The cost is $20 for ANS Local Section members and other technical society members and $22 for non-members. ANS Local Section membership is $10/year for individuals. Make checks payable to ANS-EWS and pay at the door. There is no charge to attend the presentation only.

December Meeting — Holiday Party

ANS Eastern Washington Section is having its annual joint society Christmas Party and Magic Show.

Shilo Inn, Richland WA

Tuesday, December 16 at 6 pm



Registration RSVP via email:

November Meeting – Medical Isotope Supply Issues

“Congressionally-driven Policy on
Medical Isotope Production in the United States:
Can We Overcome Dependency on Foreign Supply?
Dr. Darrell R. Fisher
Dade Moeller Health Group

Presentation Abstract:  Your elected representatives in Washington DC write the laws that determine policy on isotope production. The primary focus of federal policy on molybdenum-99 and iodine-131 production centers on special interests in global non-proliferation of highly enriched uranium, rather than on optimized nuclear technologies. Consequently, this policy and associated budget allocations encourage private investments in alternative technologies, and not on dedicated nuclear reactors, for medical isotope production. In a global marketplace, the ability of foreign countries to supply Mo-99 at lower prices and with higher quality than U.S. non-reactor alternatives may ultimately doom the policy to competitive and technological failure.

Tuesday November 18, 2014
Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock, Richland, WA
6:00 pm –      Social hour with no host bar; 6:30 pm –      Buffet Dinner; 7:00 pm –      Presentation
(Professional Society members allowed $2 dinner discount)

October Monthly Meeting – Rod Adams

The Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society invites you to celebrate NUCLEAR SCIENCE WEEK with Rod Adams.

Rod Adams will present “There Are Safe Doses of Radiation.”

Rod Adams will discuss the perceptions and facts regarding the Linear No Threshold hypothesis (LNT) of radiation dosimetry policy.  The LNT has been used for decades to impose regulations and work practices in the nuclear industry based on the hypothesis that no level of radiation exposure is completely safe.  The regulations and work practices that have been imposed, as a result of the linear no threshold model, add a significant cost burden to the use of nuclear technology.  (Also see Download document.)

When: October 21stregisterhere100red
Time: 6:00 No-Host Bar
6:30 Dinner
7:00 Speaker
Where: Shilo Inn, Richland WA
Register to attend at:

September Monthly Meeting

Sep 16,2014 –     Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Shilo Inn, Richland

Monthly Dinner Meeting featuring
Alain Michel
Consultant at Esperluete group

Register Here
Details Here

or eMail/phone: (509-521-6499)

National Nuclear Science Week Kick-off

The National Nuclear Science Week is October 20-24, 2014. A two day pre-event kick-off will occur with panel forums on Oct 16-17 at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.  During the following NNSW, active educational outreach will occur in the Tri-Cities. The events are supported by the recently revived Puget Sound Section of ANS and this Eastern Washington Section. The Seattle kick-off schedule is here and the current panel agenda is here.

Nuclear Science Week is a unique outreach opportunity that grants teachers, student and citizens direct access to nuclear technologies and energy experts.

Five years ago the Smithsonian Affiliated National Museum of Nuclear Science and History founded this nationally recognized, week-long celebration. Each year a different city is chosen to host a “big event” and smaller celebrations take place throughout the country. This year’s event will be held from October 16-24, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

The Seattle community has a diverse population that will help cultivate an active and constructive dialogue about nuclear technologies of all kinds during Nuclear Science Week. The regional presence of multiple nuclear startups, the public power entity Energy Northwest, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, AREVA, aerospace and naval presence, as well as many contract companies offer a potent narrative about the future of energy within a community that values innovation.

June 2014 Monthly Meeting – Fukushima Update

registerhere100redUpdate on Fukushima Tsunami Nuclear Site


Dr. Yasuo Onishi
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tuesday June 17, 2014
Shilo Inn
Richland, WA

Synopsis provided in downloads.
6:00 pm – Social hour with no host bar
6:30 pm – Buffet Dinner
7:00 pm – Presentation

May 2014 Monthly – Gas Centrifuge

registerhere100red“Challenges in Implementing Criticality Safety Requirements
For Waste and Decontamination Operations
at a Gas Centrifuge Uranium Enrichment Facility”


Johnny Joe (JJ) Davis
Lead Waste Handling Specialist

Tuesday May 20, 2014
Shilo Inn
Richland, WA

Synopsis provided in downloads.
6:00 pm – Social hour with no host bar
6:30 pm – Buffet Dinner
7:00 pm – Presentation