Research programs at the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Robert A. Welch Foundation.


Scientists across Texas and the nation will convene in College Station next month to explore current and potential opportunities within two of Texas A&M University's greatest resources for nuclear science research and education -- the Cyclotron Institute and the Nuclear Science Center -- as part of the 2017 Isotope Production: National Needs, Texas A&M Capabilities and Opportunities Workshop, set for Thursday, March 9, at the Cyclotron Institute.

The two world-class facilities each contribute to state, national and international needs across a variety of research and industry topics, including isotope-related work for research, medical and industrial uses. The Cyclotron Institute, home to one of only four university-based K500 superconducting cyclotrons worldwide, specializes in pure science research as well as applied studies for industrial component testing and, most recently, isotope production. The Nuclear Science Center houses a 1 megawatt TRIGA (testing, research, isotopes, general atomics) research reactor and specializes in providing radioisotopes and other irradiation services for research and academia, in addition to medical and industrial applications.

Independently and in tandem, Cyclotron Institute Director Dr. Sherry J. Yennello says the two facilities represent an unrivaled tradition of fearless global impact and service.

"There is a national need for isotope production for medicine, industry and research," said Yennello, Regents Professor of Chemistry and a member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1993. "The U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program is looking to Texas A&M to play an important role in meeting those needs."

Registration is required for the free all-day workshop, which is sponsored by the Nuclear Solutions Institute, the Cyclotron Institute and the Nuclear Science Center.

For additional information on the workshop, including a draft agenda and a list of confirmed participants, go to http://cyclotron.tamu.edu/isotope-production-workshop/.

The event is the first in a yearlong series of celebratory activities hosted by the Cyclotron Institute throughout 2017 to commemorate 50 years of beam and exploring the nuclear frontier. The series will culminate with a November 15-17 symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of its biggest moment as an institute -- achieving its first external cyclotron-accelerated particle beam on December 1, 1967.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute, visit http://cyclotron.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, (979) 845-1411 or yennello@comp.tamu.edu

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  • The centerpiece of the Nuclear Science Center is a 1 megawatt TRIGA reactor, an open "swimming pool"-type research reactor cooled by natural convection providing passive and inherent safety. The core consists of cylindrical fuel elements reflected with graphite. (Credit: Texas A&M Nuclear Science Center.)

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