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UPF lecture draws crowd, protesters

UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg, right, poses with Howard Hall, director of UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security, before Eschenberg’s talk Thursday night at the Baker Center. (KNS/Frank Munger)

Thursday’s INS Distinguished Lecture on the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project drew about 90 registered attendees, including a picket line organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

John Eschenberg, federal director of the UPF project, spoke for about an hour and fielded questions from the audience.  It was also covered by the local press in an extensive article by Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Frank Munger.

The UPF is a major NNSA modernization and construction project at the Y-12 National Security Complex that will replace the decaying (and expensive) Manhattan Project era uranium building 9212 at Y-12, and is a linchpin in Y-12′s plans to reduce the facility’s high-security footprint. As Eschenberg noted in his lecture, these large, nuclear-grade, one-of-a-kind facilities bring many challenges and frequently attract criticism.

INS on CNN: Is Ukraine about to go nuclear again?


Today, CNN published an op-ed by INS Director Dr. Howard Hall, Natalie Manayeva, and Dean Rice discussing the actions of Russia in Ukraine and their consequences on the future of the NPT and global nuclear security.

(CNN) – As tensions escalate on the eastern border of Ukraine, President Barack Obama has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government “to cease all efforts to undermine and destabilize” the sovereign nation after the movement of Russian troops into Ukraine and its annexing of Crimea.

Meanwhile, our European allies continue round-the-clock conversations as the political leadership in Kiev is seemingly helpless to stave off the next potential military land grab.

This is the backdrop to a legislative endeavor in Kiev that, although widely unreported in the West, will fundamentally reshape the world community’s dialogue on the Ukrainian crisis…

Read full article here.


New position at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

IAEA lo go

2014/036 Safety Officer (Capacity Building) (P-3)

Position and Grade: Section Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Safety Assessment Section
Division of Nuclear Installation Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 11 March 2014
Application Deadline: 21 April 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

See details here.

New International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) vacancy

IAEA lo go

Vacancy Notice No. 2014/036

Position and Grade: Safety Officer (Capacity Building) (P-3)
Organizational Unit: Programme and Policy Unit
Safety and Security Coordination Section
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 27 February 2014
Application Deadline: 9 April 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Click here for details.

Dialogue: The “Uneasy Alliance” Between Pakistan And The United States

IMG_0006Click here to listen to WUOT’s “Dialogue: The “Uneasy Alliance” Between Pakistan And The United States”, a panel discussion between Cameron Munter, United States’ 27th ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Howard Hall, director of the Howard Baker Center’s global security program, and Dr. Brandon Prins, a Baker Center fellow specializing in analysis of international relations and militarized conflict.

The U.S. formally established diplomatic relations with Pakistan on October 20, 1947. The ties formed in the dying throes of the British Empire have been tested heavily over the ensuing six decades, from the Cold War to the challenges of the war on terror. The result is an uneasy alliance between the two nations, one that has been both dysfunctional and beneficial through the years.

Cameron Munter was the United States’ 27th ambassador to Pakistan, and on Wednesday, March 5, he joined WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth for an hour-long discussion about the past, present and future of America’s relationship with Pakistan.

JUST delegation visits UT

From left: Natacha Peter-Stein (UT INS), Dr. John Auxier (UT NE), Dr. Joe Stainback (UT NE), Dr. Ziad Kodah (JUST Nuclear Engineering), Dr. Howard Hall (UT NE), Dr. Salaheddin Malkawi (JUST Nuclear Engineering Department Head), and Mariia Berezina (CRDF Global).

INS and the UT Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE) hosted a delegation of senior faculty from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in early February. The JUST faculty were part of a State Department sponsored visit, and were exploring curriculum efforts in nuclear security studies. The INS has fostered the development of a number of classes and course modules across a number of departments, including extensive coursework as part of NE’s Nuclear Security Science and Analysis graduate certificate program.

DOE scholarships and fellowships in nuclear energy


The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated University Program (IUP) seeking applicants for undergraduate scholarships and graduate-level fellowships in nuclear energy-related fields.
Scholarships are $5,000 for one year. The maximum award for a fellowship is $50,000 per year for three years, with an additional one time $5,000 allotment to fund a minimum 10-week internship at DOE, a DOE national laboratory or other designated facility.

Applications are due on March 19, 2014, and must be submitted using the online submittal system found at

NE intends to notify award recipients in April 2014.

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