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Celebrate Nuclear Science Week! Teen Science Cafe – Nuclear Engineering: Responsibility for the Future
Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PMFree
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 United States + Google Map
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and ALL area middle and high school students. Registration required. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Friday, October 6. General registration opens Saturday, October 7.
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5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentation & Activities
Featured Cafe Presenter: Jenna Slocum, undergraduate student in Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology; undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Carlos Castano; President, Missouri S&T student chapter, American Nuclear Society; and Secretary, Missouri S&T student chapter, Women in Nuclear
What do you think when you hear the word “Nuclear?” Do you think “Clean Energy!” or maybe a news headline? Let’s discuss what you know, what you want to learn, and break down one of the more recent Nuclear Headliners: Fukushima Dailchi. Join Engineers from the Missouri S&T chapter of the American Nuclear Society in the discussion of what happened, who should take responsibility, what we should take from this event, and how we should move forward.
My name is Jenna Slocum, and I am currently a Junior in Nuclear Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. As an undergraduate research assistant, for Dr. Carlos Castano, my research primarily deals with the effects of gold nano-particles on the circulatory system. In the past, I worked with Maria Camila Garcia Toro on her graduate research concerning the process of creating nano-particles with radiation. During this experiment, I operated the research reactor here on campus, MSTR, while our samples were being irradiated. I am also the President of the Missouri S&T student chapter of the American Nuclear Society and the Secretary of the Missouri S&T student chapter of Women in Nuclear.
On a more personal note, I grew up on a small farm in New Haven, Missouri. Now when I say small, I mean SMALL. My high school graduating class was around 50 and we were the “BIG” class. Growing up, I loved math and science, but didn’t know anything about nuclear. My first introduction was actually from a Navy recruiter trying to sign me up to be a Nuclear Engineer on an Aircraft carrier. After that I took the dive and started researching anything and everything nuclear. Seven years later, I’m still learning all I can learn about an industry and field that I couldn’t love more.