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Michigan reunion in Tokyo when department chair Ron Gilgenbach, professor Zhong He and research scientist Yugo Ashida traveled to Japan in May 2012.Thanks for staying connected with NERS. Please don’t hesitate to send your news to Steven Winters.

With MconneX, it’s easier than ever to keep up with your former professors and the new faculty in our department. Check out the latest videos featuring NERS professors below, or see the full list from MconneX.

New camera detects radiation


A new imaging device developed by University of Michigan engineers can detect gamma ray radiation and identify its source for operators. The detection of radiation has a variety of uses, including the ability to help clean up after a nuclear accident. This new "gamma ray camera" is battery operated and can be used at room temperature, contrary to existing devices that require cryogenic freezing.

North Korea's nuclear weapon test


Experts suspect that North Korea's recent nuclear explosive test was different from the previous two. Michigan Engineering Professor Sara Pozzi explains how air samples could reveal whether the bomb was uranium- or plutonium-based and why a uranium-based weapon would be cause for alarm.

Nuclear Assassination


Could nuclear forensics uncover radioactive poison in Yasser Arafat's remains, eight years after his death? U-M Professor Kimberlee Kearfott explains why Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's cause of death could be consistent with radiation poisoning and why researchers are looking for evidence in his bones. ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Kimberlee Kearfott is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Her research interests include radiation detection, internal radiation dose assessment, radiation dosimetry, radiation safety practice and regulation, radon gas, low level and high level radioactive waste, explosives detection and medical and radiological imaging.

Could bacon microwaves fry IEDs?


U-M researchers are developing methods for disabling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) using electromagnetic waves. Through the use of a recirculating planar magnetron, engineers in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences department hope to jam or burn out the electronics in IEDs or vehicles that pose a danger to soldiers in the field. The researchers are developing two patents: one that utilizes a custom device and another that uses an off-the-shelf magnetron typically used for cooking bacon.

MconneX also broadcasts lectures at U-M as webcasts, so you can take in a seminar wherever you happen to be. See the Engineering Calendar for the list of upcoming MconneX webinars.

Recent NERS webinars include:

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Worldwide Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion Energy



Professor Miklos Porkolab reviews the enormous scientific and technical progress made in the last few decades in fusion research and discusses some of the technical challenges that remain toward realizing a demonstration fusion power plant.

Worldwide Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion Energy

Richard K. Osborn Lecture

Lessons Learned from a Half Century of Battles in the Nuclear Power Wars

Professor James Duderstadt, U-M President Emeritus

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