Outreach & Education

Outreach & Education

Nuclear Science for the community

The NSL, together with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE), actively engages in a variety of educational and outreach programs and products directed at students from middle school through postdoctoral training. The lab also participates in the REU/RET (Research Experience for Undergraduates and Teachers) program that attracts high school teachers and students to do research in the laboratory for two months in the summer. Beyond these activities, the NSL continues to develop new research activities in applying nuclear physics techniques for the analysis of art material and historical artifacts collaborating with the ND Library, Snite Art Museum, and the Departments of Anthropology, Art, and Architecture.

FN Accelerator School Teaches Operation and Understanding

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After a short break due to corona virus precautions, the NSL started back up its bi-annual Accelerator School. This July the school focused on the operation and theory behind the FN 10 MV van de Graff accelerator. Training the next generation in accelerator operations encourages the graduate student cohort (typically around 35 students) to branch out from their specialized area of research, and get involved in a multitude of experiments. This year saw 27 participants ranging from undergraduates to postdocs work through theory and practical exercises, to the point of solo operation.
July, 2021

Philippe Collon Helping To Analyze Art And Fight Fraud

Phillipe Collon
We can no longer evaluate just the surface of a painting. Scientific techniques, including the use of a nuclear accelerator, can tell us much more about a piece of art’s history and authenticity. Join Dr. Philippe Collon, associate professor of experimental nuclear physics at the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Science Lab, as he shares in this virtual presentation how the same science that allows us to look at the stars allows us to look under the surface of great works of art. The presentation has been recorded for later viewing. More information can be found here The Community Library.
January, 2021

ISNAP REU 2020 Program Offered Online by Manoel Couder and Anna Simon

Despite travel restrictions and lab closures, the REU program at the University of Notre Dame hosted fourteen undergraduate students this summer. Five of them joined the NSL and, under the supervision of Profs. Manoel Couder and Anna Simon, worked on Geant4 simulations of experiments at the NSL. Adam, Isabella and Stanford used Geant4 to evaluate the impact of various parameters (incoming energy and mass, foils thickness, presence of magnetic field, ...) on the efficiency of the focal plane detection system of St. George. Cassidy and Ryan carried on an investigation of the detail of a clover detector design to create a simulation of a STARLiTeR-like array for future measurements at the NSL. They presented their results during the REU seminar at the end of the summer and then during the DNP CEU event in October 2020 that was hosted online by the Louisiana State University.
August, 2020

Grad Student Chevelle Boomershine, Volunteer Judge in Indiana Science Fair

Chevelle Bommershine
ISNAP graduate student Chevelle Boomershine volunteered to help fellow judges at the 2020 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) held in DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Students in grades 3-12 from area schools in Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, who were selected by the judges at their local school fairs, presented their projects at NIRSEF with the goal of advancing to the State Fair on March 28. Exciting projects such as "Magnetizing Oil Spills" and "A Functional Homemade Radon Detector" forced a tie in the junior division. With “Using Eggshells and Turkey Bones as Catalysts to Produce Biodiesel Through Transesterification” taking the senior top spot.
February, 2020

ISNAP Grad Students Join In The Fun at Art 2 Science Summer Camp

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Center for the Evolution of Elements (JINA-CEE) sponsored the 2019 Art 2 Science summer camp at Notre Dame. The exciting hands-on approach to interactive learning has been a staple of the ISNAP outreach program for many years. The camp is usually attended by approximately 150 participants per session, all from the age of 7 and upwards. ISNAP graduate and undergraduate students are always elbow deep in the fun activities, helping to guide campers through the exciting experiments and nurture the curiosity if the next generation of scientists and inventors.
July, 2019

Tan Ahn Talks "Stuff Of The Universe" at One book, One Michiana Public Event

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As a part of the ongoing initiative of the St Joseph County Library, One Book, One Michiana, Professor Tan Ahn of Notre Dame presents a look at "Elements: Journey through the Stuff of the Universe". In honor of Douglas Adams' chosen book, The hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Ahn gives an inside look at the Universe and what makes up ... well ... everything. Aimed at the young scientist in every child, the exploration of the Universe is never out of reach. This is the 10th year of the program which aims to unite the community through compelling literature and lively discussion.
April, 2019