ANS teacher workshop at Annual Meeting in Chicago

ANS November 2011 Teachers Workshop

Hands-on activity during a November 2011 ANS teachers workshop

The American Nuclear Society’s Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information and the ANS Outreach Department will sponsor a one-day teacher workshop on Saturday, June 23, in Chicago, Ill. The workshop—Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World—is for science educators, including elementary, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, life science, environmental, and general science teachers. The workshop will be held the day before the beginning of the ANS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The following video provides feedback from teachers and presenters who attended the June 2011 ANS teachers workshop, held before the 2011 ANS Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Fla.


This full-day workshop will prepare attendees to teach the basics about radiation, how we detect radiation, and the uses of nuclear science and technology in society. Teachers who complete the workshop will receive a wealth of materials—background information, hands-on activities, and supplementary resources—as well as a free Geiger counter. Career opportunities in nuclear science and technology will be highlighted during the sessions.

“We’re excited to be offering this overview of radiation and nuclear science to teachers,” said Chuck Vincent, ANS Outreach administrator. “Workshop participants are always eager to receive their free Geiger counters and learn about hands-on demonstrations that they can use in their classrooms.”

Scheduled presenters include:

      • Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, assistant professor of Nuclear Engineering, Idaho State University, and research scientist at Idaho National Laboratory
      • Candace Davison, senior reactor operator and educational specialist, Breazeale Reactor, Penn State University
      • Eric Loewen, president of the American Nuclear Society, and chief engineer–General Electric, Wilmington, N.C.
      • David Pointer, nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory and chair of the ANS Public Information Committee

 Please visit the ANS website for more information, including an announcement and online registration form. The workshop will be limited in size to optimize interaction with presenters. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

There is a $75 nonrefundable registration fee—which includes continental breakfast, lunch, printed materials, and a Civil Defense Surplus analog radiation monitor—for teachers to reserve a place at the workshop. The registration deadline is 12:00 noon (Central Time), Wednesday, June 13.

Funding for the workshop is provided in part by individual and organizational contributions to ANS.


2 thoughts on “ANS teacher workshop at Annual Meeting in Chicago

  1. Bruce Behrhorst

    Nice to see ANS teacher workshops. They kinda seem connected to ANS annual meets. Maybe ANS can project out ANS members from coast-to-coast and hold wider teach shops on nuclear science.
    Glad to see ANS does promo nukes for kids.

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