and radiochemistry programs at universities and national laboratories, and the programs of 2- and 4-year colleges, research institutes, medical facilities, and industry. The goals of such partnerships would be to ensure an adequate supply of faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral fellows to satisfy both current and future professional and academic needs; provide experimental and theoretical facilities; bring the most capable new people into the field; and maintain a position of international leadership in nuclear and radiochemistry.
These partnerships should be a national resource for a well-educated and well-trained workforce in basic and applied nuclear and radiochemical disciplines to meet future demand in all relevant areas of research and application. Coordination among the partnerships will be essential to create a coherent national program to achieve these goals. The partnerships should:
• Maintain international leadership in the most critical areas of basic nuclear and radiochemistry to support the U.S. missions that require this expertise.
• Attract and educate exceptionally capable students to support and advance the knowledge base in nuclear medicine, nuclear power, national security, and environmental stewardship.
• Offer a focused summer school for undergraduates at the junior and senior level.
• Provide support to or collaborate with university chemistry departments that seek expertise in nuclear and radiochemistry, but lack resources to provide additional coursework, operate specialized facilities, or hire new faculty to meet their needs.
• Collaborate in the education of 2- and 4-year college faculty to enable:
Preparation of modular educational materials for high schools and colleges that include both class and laboratory work that can be used for distance learning (e.g., webcasts) to compensate for the lack of instructors with sufficient expertise to teach such a course at most institutions.
Outreach from undergraduate and top-tier graduate institutions to the K-12 community and to student populations such as those at 2-year colleges through the use of these materials and distance learning.
management, and basic science) and the number of national laboratories that could provide a foundation of infrastructure and expertise. The national laboratories are geographically widely distributed and have expertise in different areas of nuclear and radiochemistry.