NNSA Celebrates National Nuclear Science Week

Press Release
Jan 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is committed to promoting excellence in nuclear science and attracting the next generation of nuclear security experts to the field. As part of this commitment, this week NNSA is joining in the celebration of National Nuclear Science Week.

“NNSA is fortunate to have outstanding men and women from throughout the national nuclear security enterprise who protect our nation’s security, enhance global security, and push the boundaries of science and discovery,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “I applaud the work that they do in continuing to meet NNSA’s mission and deliver on President Obama’s nuclear security objectives.”

The 3rd annual National Nuclear Science Week continues the theme of “Get to Know Nuclear” and is aimed at promoting careers in nuclear and other sciences, technology, engineering and math. The celebration will include webinars broadcast live on Nuclear Science Day, Jan. 25, from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

NNSA will feature a different way nuclear science is at the core of NNSA’s mission throughout this week on its blog.

Maintaining a strong nuclear science base is critical to NNSA’s ability to enhance global security through nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and naval nuclear propulsion. NNSA’s ability to succeed in each of these areas is a result of the outstanding nuclear science and technology across our enterprise.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, a Smithsonian affiliate, in Albuquerque, N.M., sponsors the week.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.