Expanding our students' horizons
Junior Dario Panici has spent the fall semester studying abroad at the University College London, and support from the George H. Miley-LENR Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Fund has helped cover some costs. "With this scholarship, I will be able to focus on continuing my undergraduate research career in the Spring term, and not have to pick up another job for money," Panici said.
Scholarships from resources like the Miley Fund and the newly minted Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Visionary Scholarship Fund have become increasingly important in attracting and rewarding excellent NPRE undergraduates. For just another year, gifts to those funds will be doubled thanks to the Grainger Foundation Matching Gift Challenge!
Roy Axford named ANS Fellow
Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering congratulates Emeritus Prof. Roy A. Axford, recently named a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society! Professor Axford's dedication to teaching and wonderful relationship with his students have led to the creations of both a Fellowship fund and a Scholarship fund in his name.
Radiological advances to fight cancer
Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering faculty Ling-Jian Meng and Shiva Abbaszadeh each have won $2 million National Institutes of Health grants to support their research in the fight against cancer.
Abbaszadeh and her collaborators are designing an imaging scanner specifically for head and neck cancer treatment. Meng and his collaborators are developing X-ray Flourescence Emission Tomography (XFET) imaging techniques to map metal-based compounds used to enhance radiation therapy in cancer treatment.
Breaking ground in fusion research
Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering faculty JP Allain and Yang Zhang are breaking ground in fusion energy science by developing the means to examine material surfaces as they are being exposed to the dynamic and extreme conditions of thermonuclear tokamak plasmas.
"It's just a small piece of the fusion energy puzzle, but it's an important piece," Allain said.
The Illinois Distributed Museum has included the TRIGA Mark II Nuclear Reactor among 88 exhibits of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign innovators and innovations.
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