Alumnus Nick Smith returns to campus to discuss his work at Argonne Lab
Posted: November 15th, 2012
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University and Sault Area High School alumnus Nicholas Smith Ph.D. will return to Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, Nov. 16, to present two talks on his work at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
At noon on Friday, Smith will let LSSU students in on some of what he learned along the way in graduate school and in seeking a career. At 3 p.m., he will make a public presentation about his work at Argonne titled, “Nuclear Science and Technology – Applications for Power, Security, and Health.” The program will be held in room 204 of Crawford Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Smith works in the areas of radioisotope recycling and medical isotope synthesis and isolation. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from LSSU, then went on to graduate work in nuclear chemistry at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he received his Ph.D. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at Argonne, where much of the experimental work for the Manhattan Project occurred and is the site where the first nuclear reactor was built. The Argonne lab, along with Oak Ridge and Los Alamos labs, are where the bulk of nuclear research is performed in the U.S.
Nick Smith in an LSSU chemistry lab before he graduated in 2004 -- click here for print version.
Smith’s public presentation will be a general introduction into nuclear science and technology with a focus on nuclear power/fuel cycle, international safeguards and security, and medical isotope production and separation activities.
“These are research areas that I am actively involved with at Argonne National Laboratory,” Smith said. “As worldwide power demands increase, there has been an increased interest in nuclear power. Concurrent to this, there is also a desire among developed and developing nations to provide medical isotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic applications to increase the quality of life for their citizens. This talk is designed to provide a basic understanding of why a country would pursue nuclear energy and its benefits, and how it can be done in a way that satisfies the requirements of the international community.”
During his presentation to LSSU students earlier in the day, Smith will cover aspects of life in graduate school and in the working world. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and start discussions.
For more information, contact Prof. Marshall Werner in LSSU’s Chemistry Dept., 906-635-2281, firstname.lastname@example.org. –LSSU-
CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, email@example.com; John Shibley, 635-2314, firstname.lastname@example.org; Prof. Marshall Werner, 635-2281, email@example.com