Diversions

Diversity in Nuclear Science

One aspect of NAYGN that most inspires me is our membership diversity. At every NAYGN event I inevitably meet and learn from a ton of technical peers. But I also meet human resources representatives, communications specialists and political wonks – all with a joint interest in pushing nuclear science and technology forward. And the same goes for diversity in nuclear science. Our members are not only vested in th...

08 Mar 3:06 PM 2 Read More...

The Nuclear Industry through the Eyes of an Intern

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] [caption id="attachment_3886" align="alignleft" width="150"] Adam Lineberry, NAYGN Member[/caption] For the past few months, I have been working as a summer intern for Bechtel Power on the Generation mPower project. During the school year, I spend my time as a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in civil/structural engineering at Georgia Tech.  As the summer and my inte...

05 Nov 4:18 PM 1 Read More...

Get Excited! The New & Improved Clean Energy Insight Is Here!

Welcome to the new and improved CleanEnergyInsight.org website.  The new website has a few new features and better navigation.  You may notice a few bugs here and there I am still working out some kinks. Thanks, Mike Bloom...

29 Jun 4:17 PM 0 Read More...

The Young Generation Has Spoken: 2012 NA-YGN Career Report Issued

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] In early 2012, the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) polled young professionals in the nuclear industry from all over the United States and Canada. The focus of this year’s survey was on issues that affect the careers of young professionals. Job satisfaction and factors that affect satisfaction and career growth are hot topics for young professionals in the nuclea...

17 May 10:42 PM 2 Read More...

Two NA-YGN Members Lead the Charge

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Two North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) members recently offered their thoughts and advice in a guest article on the ANS Nuclear Cafe Blog, encouraging young members of the nuclear energy industry to take complete personal responsibility of  their professional development. Learning to take charge of my professional and personal development has been the biggest le...

23 Jan 11:59 PM 1 Read More...

The Power of Asking Questions: Using Legos to Transfer Tacit Knowledge

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] During last week's Young Professionals Congress, dozens participated in a new training activity designed to solicit tacit knowledge from experienced professionals. Members from both the American Nuclear Society's Young Members Group (ANS-YMG) and North America Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) created this activity. "This training was timely," said Jennifer Varnedoe Chair of th...

29 Dec 12:12 PM 3 Read More...

It’s Not a Job. It’s an Adventure.

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Last week, Elizabeth McAndrew-Benavides, NA-YGN Past President, participated in the U.S. Navy’s Educational Orientation Visit (EOV) program. This unique opportunity showed participants what it is like to have a career in the U.S. Navy and expanded their understanding of the Navy’s extensive training program. “I was very excited to participate. Navy Nukes are a traditional wor...

02 Nov 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

Nuclear Education Opportunities

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Nuclear Misinformation In the wake of the earthquake in Japan and the resulting accident at the Fukushima power plant, misinformation and fear-mongering about nuclear energy, which has always been present, has really been soaring. Reports of radiation plumes hitting the Pacific coast of the United States or milk with high radiations levels invaded the news and soon people everywhere w...

18 Oct 10:32 AM 2 Read More...

NA-YGN Member Featured in New NEI Ad

UPDATE: (6-6-11) Here is a link to the radio ad that Natalie recorded for NEI, that is being played in the Washington DC area. Hear it here. [Approx. Read Time: <1 min] As NA-YGN members from all over North America continue to prove themselves as a voice for the nuclear industry, Natalie Wood, NA-YGN member and Design Engineer at River Bend Nuclear Station, is being featured in a new Nuclear Energy Institu...

03 Jun 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

New NEI SmartBrief Android App

[Approx. Read Time: <1 min] Get the Nuclear Energy Institute's SmartBrief on your Android phone.  NEI SmartBrief is designed specifically for nuclear energy industry professionals; NEI SmartBrief is a free, daily news briefing. It provides the latest news and information on the nuclear energy industry.  Stay informed in just minutes a day.  Sign up for NEI SmartBrief and get the app here. ...

05 May 3:32 PM 0 Read More...

Discussions About Nuclear Power on Facebook

The Canadian Nuclear Association has decided to launch a FaceBook site called talknuclear, which can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/TalkNuclear Please consider 'liking' talknuclear so you can participate in the active discussion about nuclear power there. ...

06 Apr 1:29 PM 1 Read More...

Tips for a Green Winter

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Go Green: Reduce waste during the holidays and parties Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in landfills every year. Tell store clerks you don't need a bag for small or oversized purchases. Instead of throwing away wrapping paper on Christmas morning, shred it and use for packing material for future mail items or gifts. Recycle old newspapers by making rolled paper log...

07 Jan 2:06 PM 0 Read More...

Why Did You Choose a Career in Nuclear Energy? (Part II)

[Approx. Read/Watch Time: 2 minutes] If you are an NA-YGN member or a member of the nuclear energy industry, why did you choose a career in nuclear energy? Below, various NA-YGN members offered their reasons for joining the industry during this year's annual NA-YGN Conference that was held in San Francisco, CA. You can also view the videos from NA-YGN's Youtube homepage: http://www.youtube.com/user/NAYGN ...

08 Nov 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

Why Did You Choose a Career in Nuclear Energy? (Part I)

[Approx. Read/Watch Time: 3 minutes] If you are an NA-YGN member or a member of the nuclear industry, why did you choose a career in nuclear energy?  Comment below and let us know. Below, various NA-YGN members offered their reasons for joining the industry during this year's annual NA-YGN Conference that was held in San Francisco, CA. You can also view the videos from NA-YGN's Youtube homepage: http://www...

04 Nov 4:00 AM 1 Read More...

Why is Nuclear Power Important to You?

[Approx. Read/Watch Time: 3 minutes] Below, various NA-YGN members offered their thoughts and opinions on why nuclear energy is important to them during this year's annual NA-YGN Conference that was held in San Francisco, CA. If you are an NA-YGN member, a member of the nuclear industry, or a member of the general public, why is nuclear energy important to you? Comment and let us know. You can also view the ...

02 Nov 6:58 AM 1 Read More...

Justin Bieber for Congress

[Approx. Read Time: 1 min] If only the Justin Bieber fans who stand in the freezing cold, pouring rain or sweltering heat for hours on end just to catch a glimpse of the 16 year-old pop star felt the same passion to cast an election ballot on November 2, that would really rock the vote! Even though most of those fans are not able to cast their ballot yet, nor Bieber himself (plus he’s Canadian), there are qui...

13 Oct 11:56 AM 0 Read More...

How to Enter the Nuclear Energy Supply Chain

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Many manufacturing companies are looking for ways to diversify their clientele in these hard economic times. With American companies building new reactors around the world and preparing to build here in the United States, the global nuclear renaissance presents an opportunity many U.S. manufacturers are trying to access, seize and leverage. [caption id="attachment_2452" align="alig...

04 Oct 4:00 AM 1 Read More...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

 [Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] "It's the economy, stupid", with double digit unemployment, what our economy really needs is jobs.  Nuclear energy provides thousands of Americans with stable high paying jobs.  The article below explains how new graduates from a two year program in Miami are getting great jobs before they even graduate. Miami Dade College's Clean Energy Institute graduates get more than a di...

17 Aug 5:55 AM 4 Read More...

Earth Day Garden Dedicated by Mississippi Chapters of NA-YGN, ANS and WIN

[Approx. Read Time: 2 mintues]  Earth day 2010 was commemorated with the dedication of an Earth Day Garden located at the Entergy Nuclear national headquarters in Jackson, Miss. Amy Pittman, officer for the Mississippi North American-Young Generation in Nuclear chapter, not only helped with the planting but addressed the employee gathering during Earth Day. Amy Pittman, Entergy chapter officer for the Mississippi C...

29 Apr 3:41 PM 1 Read More...

What does the pledge to nuclear power mean to you?

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute]  President Obama’s pledge to support the nuclear industry with more loan guarantees is great for the nuclear industry. But what does it mean to you? Right now in the United States, 20% of energy is generated by nuclear power. Nuclear power is generated in nuclear power plants, which is then transferred to energy utilities (power companies), who then supply the energy to your home. ...

23 Feb 9:41 PM 1 Read More...

Add Green to Your Orange and Black Holiday

I know that Halloween is today and this may find some of you a little late, but as a light and fun holiday article, I thought we could discuss "Green" Halloween ideas.  Here are some fun Halloween ideas that will help you have an eco-friendly holiday. 1) Reuse or make your own Halloween costume: Okay, so I know this sounds cheesy but how easy, cheap and fun would it be to make your own costume?  Be a little crea...

31 Oct 5:38 PM 3 Read More...

Weekend Energy Saver: Let's Turn Down the Heat

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] TGIF!  Time to reveal another way to save energy.  To piggy back on what we discussed last week, properly installing and using a programmable thermostat in your home is an easy way to save energy and money!  Remember that the cleanest energy is the energy you don't waste. Programmable Thermostat By using a programmable thermostat in your home, it is easy to pre-program settings...

23 Oct 9:03 PM 2 Read More...

Weekend Energy Saver: Save Energy With Ceiling Fans

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Ceiling fans used in addition to your air conditioning can save energy by allowing a higher thermostat temperature setting. In the summer or warmer months, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze.  Air movement from the fan evaporates moisture on the skin and makes a person feel cooler. Th...

16 Oct 10:58 AM 0 Read More...

Weekend Energy Saver - Lighten Your Energy Load

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] It’s Friday again and we’re back to talk about consumption conservation! The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and we’re going to be spending more time indoors flipping on lights, cranking up the heat, and doing what we do best… consuming energy! Making the Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs One of the easiest ways to reduce our energy bills is by ...

09 Oct 5:53 PM 0 Read More...

Cartoon: The Solution is Clear

(Photo Courtesy of IBD Editorials and Pulitzer Prize winning Cartoonist Michael Ramirez)...

09 Oct 8:00 AM 0 Read More...

Weekend Energy Saver - Get Out of Hot Water

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Energy Is Our Future-Don't Waste It! It's Friday...let's talk about a way we can save, conserve and maintain energy for our future generations. Wash Laundry with Cold Water Using hot or warm water to wash your clothes consumes much more energy than using cold water.  According to the U.S. Department of energy, using less water and using cooler water can both reduce the ...

02 Oct 8:00 AM 0 Read More...

Weekend Energy Saver - Air Filters

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Energy Is Our Future--Don't Waste It! This Friday blog series will aim to raise awareness concerning the importance of energy efficiency. Throughout this series we will discuss issues linked to energy consumption and energy savings. Clean Energy Insight realizes that the cleanest energy is energy that you don't waste. Conserving energy is more than just about saving money…it help...

25 Sep 4:23 PM 1 Read More...

Nuclear Needs a Celebrity Endorsement

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] The pro-nuclear movement has almost everything going for it.  We have the support of technical experts, environmentalists, the utilities, most Republicans, and some Democrats.  We have overwhelming data and facts and even survey data shows that 68% of Americans are for new nuclear power.  There is a missing endorsement that the mass population of the US would take a shine to and th...

14 Aug 8:54 AM 3 Read More...

Celebrating Science and Apollo 11

( By Carrington Dillon ) [Approx. Watch/Read Time: 5.5 minutes] In case you haven't turned on the TV or visited an online media outlet, today is the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 visit to the Moon.  I'd like for everyone to watch these videos and really let the depth of this human achievement sink in.  I don't really feel that any commentary is necessary.  Neither is it appropriate to relate this accomplish...

20 Jul 12:00 PM 0 Read More...

NY Times Doesn't Know Nuclear

( By Carrington Dillon )  [Approx. Read Time: 0.5 minutes] I'm going to give DGM credit for getting me thinking about this one.  Recently, he brought up his frustration with titles of nuclear news articles in the media.  It's true that subtlety, the media has a lot of power on the way we conceive certain subjects.  One of those is Nuclear Power.  For example, check out the NY Times' "Nuclear Energy" news wire...

18 Jul 5:07 PM 5 Read More...