Assuring Future Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise


The need for U.S. nuclear and radiochemistry expertise in areas such as nuclear medicine, nuclear power, nuclear security, and radioactive waste cleanup and disposal require a highly trained work force.  A new report from the National Research Council, ASSURING A FUTURE U.S.-BASED NUCLEAR AND RADIOCHEMISTRY EXPERTISE, finds that the needs for this expertise are barely being met and that future needs may not be met by the projected supply of workers.  To avoid a gap in these critical areas, the report recommends ways to avoid a shortage of nuclear and radiochemists in the future, including formalizing collaborative partnerships for research and education, providing on-the-job training in national laboratories and industry, and identifying and prioritizing urgent requirements by federal agencies.


A two-day public briefing to discuss the report will be held on May 17 and May 18 in Washington, D.C.  The event will include a presentation and discussion on the committee’s findings and recommendations as well as presentations that highlight research opportunities; best practices in current training programs; and additional efforts for assuring nuclear chemistry expertise in research, education, and industrial applications. 



The report is available for immediate release.  Reporters can obtain a copy by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail  The public briefing will be held at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at