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November 16, 2015
Officials with EM and NSF are pictured. Standing, left to right: Jeff Trinkle, NSF Program Director, NRI, and Robust Intelligence Information and Intelligent Systems Division; Lynne Parker, NSF Program Manager, NRI; Fay Cook, NSF Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney; and EM Senior Technical Advisor Rodrigo Rimando. Seated, left to right: James Kurose, NSF Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto.
EM and National Science Foundation Partner for Nuclearized Robotics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), which was originally chartered by President Obama in 2011 to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work beside and in cooperation with people.

November 16, 2015
The Chinese delegation is pictured with EM officials at SRS, left to right: Liang Chen (CNNC), Zhao Zhou (CNNC), Lee Fox (SRS), Riu Su (CNNC), Ben Rivera (EM Headquarters), Liuyi Duan (CAEA), Jack Craig, (SRS), Vijay Jain (SRS), Pat Suggs (SRS), James R. Giusti (SRS), and Xuebing Song (CNNC).
Chinese Delegation Meets with EM Officials in its First Visit to Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – A delegation from two nuclear-related entities in China visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time last month, and its members agreed with EM officials to discuss potential areas of collaboration in waste treatment and disposal and to establish collaborative technology projects.

November 16, 2015
EM’s Carol Ward, center, holds a certificate honoring her first-place finish in the 2015 Feds Feed Families Chili Cook-off as she stands with the competition’s judges and organizer. Also pictured are EM employees John Lee, far left, and Marlenia Murray, right of Lee, who were recognized for donating 250 pounds of nonperishables to the Feds Feed Families drive.
EM Makes Strong Showing in Federal Food Drive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM made a strong showing in this year’s Feds Feed Families drive, contributing 46,493 pounds of food across the DOE complex and topping it off by winning top prize in a government-wide chili cook-off held at the Department’s headquarters.

November 16, 2015
Photos of the Hanford Site’s 300 Area from 1982 (above) and 2015 (below) show dramatic changes visible after cleanup of more than 200 facilities and 300 waste sites. One facility, the 324 Building, remains for remediation, and a few buildings will continue to be used by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is part of DOE’s network of national laboratories.
Hanford’s 300 Area Sees Dramatic Progress

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have made tremendous progress in cleaning up areas along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site in the past 10 years. The progress is especially visible in the 300 Area, a former industrial area that covered 1,700 acres at the site’s southern edge.

November 16, 2015
The ruins of a Swedish hillfort site are shown here.
Ancient Glass in Swedish Hillforts May Shed Light on Immobilizing Nuclear Waste

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) is looking to the past to help with its future by studying how ancient glass has fared through the centuries and how it compares to the results of accelerated aging tests on various types of low-activity waste (LAW) glass.

November 16, 2015
Workers demolish a sodium processing facility just north of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II’s silver dome at the Idaho Site.
Idaho Site Workers Continue to Finish D&D Cleanup Projects Under Budget

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC, (CWI) the main cleanup contractor for the EM program at the Idaho Site, took on additional work scope at the site’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) after completing grouting work at the decommissioned Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBF-II) three months ahead of schedule and $110,000 under budget this year.

November 16, 2015
The rhombus-shaped balls fill the tank farm water basin at the SRS.
Savannah River Site Basin Cleanup Comes Full Circle to Los Angeles Project

AIKEN, S.C. – Several news headlines referred to 96 million shade balls covering a Los Angeles reservoir, and they seemed oddly familiar to Savannah River Site (SRS) employees.

November 16, 2015
Sixth Annual Science Alliance
Alliance for Science

EM’s Jud Lilly explains the nuclear fuel cycle to a group of students participating in the recent Sixth Annual Science Alliance at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in southern Ohio. A record 1,255 high school juniors attended and participated in interactive demonstrations designed to match their interests with potential careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. Students also learned about post-secondary educational requirements for those careers and regional universities that offer the necessary curricula.

October 29, 2015
Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry A. Michalske
Director Details National Laboratory’s Role in Putting Science to Work in EM’s Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Terry A. Michalske is director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, S.C. In this role, he is responsible for the management, operation and strategic direction of the laboratory, which has about 900 employees. SRNL provides scientific and technological strategic direction and program support for EM’s cleanup program. Earlier this year, Michalske was named the National Laboratory Director of the Year by DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for his work encouraging and promoting small businesses at the laboratory. He recently talked with EM Update about SRNL’s role in helping EM advance the nation’s nuclear cleanup.

October 29, 2015
Jack Surash, EM’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, at a Business Opportunity Forum.
EM’s Jack Surash Reflects on Growing Participation in Business Opportunity Forums

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Surash, EM’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, says he will continue to hold quarterly public forums to provide insight into the federal procurement process and discuss business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program until no one attends them. But that seems unlikely to happen.