2017

June 17: IANS Annual Meeting - Meet and greet IANS leadership for the new year

May 18: ANS President Andy Klein, in Idaho Falls to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of INL's Advanced Test Reactor, also attended IANS' dinner meeting to talk about his views on the importance and future of nuclear energy, and also presented $1500 scholarships to Phil Ma and David Hill for their winning essays in the IANS 2017 Student Essay Competition.

April 27: Kelley Verner and Emma Redfoot are graduate students at the University of Idaho and are actively involved in grassroots organizations such as Mothers for Nuclear and Generation Atomic, and have recently established a new group, Students for Nuclear, which aims to capitalize on the growing passion among students in preventing the shutdown of operating plants.

February 23: Doug Hunter, CEO of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) discussed the current status of plans to build a NuScale small modular reactor for power generation in Idaho.

January 12: Dr. Ralph McNutt is chief scientist for the Space Exploration Sector at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. He presented an update on the status of NASA’s New Horizons (Pluto-Kuiper Belt) mission.

2016

November 17: Dr. Rita Baranwal, director of the Gateway for Advanced Innovation in Nuclear initiative (GAIN) was the speaker for November. GAIN was established by the Department of Energy to provide the nuclear community with support in moving innovative nuclear energy technologies towards commercialization and ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet.​ Dr. Baranwal presented information about the current status and future plans of the GAIN program. Facebook photo album

October 10: Dr. John Kotek spoke in his previous role as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy. His topic was US Nuclear Energy Going Forward.” Facebook photo album

June 17: IANS Annual Meeting - Meet and greet IANS leadership for the new year

April 14: Dr. Mark Peters, Idaho National Laboratory Director, discussed various topics and his vision for a bright future for INL.

March 10: Erik Mader discussed recent Light Water Reactor (LWR) Fuel Performance Trends. 

February 25: Marking the 30th anniversary of the historic tests, Pete Planchon discussed on the Shutdown Heat Removal Tests conducted at Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) and the groundbreaking demonstration of inherently safe reactor design. 

January 26: Ron Crone, Associate Laboratory Director for INL's Materials and Fuels Complex, discussed his strategic vision for MFC and the vital role it plays in nuclear energy research and development. 

2015


November 19: George Imel, Chair and Professor of the Nuclear Engineering Department at ISU, was the speaker at the November meeting. Imel discussed his experiences working at the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility at INL's Materials and Fuels Complex.

October 22: Jon Carmack, National Technical Director for DOE's Advanced Fuels Campaign and Fuels Cycle Research and Development programs, was the keynote speaker at the October meeting. Carmack discussed advanced nuclear fuels and materials development.

September 24: Sean O'Kelly, INL Associate Lab Director for the Advanced Test Reactor, discussed the past, present and future of ATR, the world most most powerful and flexible test reactor for nuclear research & development.

June 18: IANS Annual Meeting - Meet and greet IANS leadership for the new year

April 9: Kerry Martin and Paul Ritter from Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality discussed the state's INL Oversight Program. 
  
March 5: The March speaker was Dr. Michaele Brady Raap, President of  the American Nuclear Society for 2014-2015, and Chief Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who spoke about improving the conversation about nuclear science and technology. 
January 29: The January speaker was Dr. Todd Allen, IDeputy Lab Director for Science & Technology at Idaho National Laboratory, who spoke about “Pop culture and the Nuke.” In addition, the winners of the 2014-2015 IANS Essay contest were awarded. 9th & 10 Grade level– Phil Ma, Skyline High School, “Nuclear Power: an Important Piece to Curb Climate Change”  and 11th & 12th Grade level – Juliana Zhang, Hillcrest High School, “Nuclear Energy: The Path Without Carbon Dioxide Emissions.” 
   

2014


December  18: The December speaker was Laurin Dodd

November 20: The November speaker was Mitch Meyer

October 23: Idaho congressman Mike Simpson spoke at an IANS-sponsored National Nuclear Science Week dinner at the Shilo Inn Convention Center in Idaho Falls.  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson was the keynote speaker at a regional dinner meeting celebrating National Nuclear Science Week. He will shared his perspective on the importance of nuclear energy.