Highlights:

  • 15th Pacific Basin Conference
  • DUPIC Fuel Status
  • Future of Isotope Supply
  • UOIT Nuclear Program
  • Bruce A Refurbishment
  • PHYSOR 2006

Ric Fluke    Dec. 12, 2006

In this issue

This issue draws heavily on an international conference in which Canadians were very active, the 15th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference held in Australia in October 2006, and begins with a report on that conference.

Then follow six papers presented at that conference, five of them by Canadian authors, one from Korea on a subject related to their use of both CANDU and PWR reactors, The Current Status of DUPIC Fuel Technology Development.

The next paper deals with a "generic" safety question that has been around almost as long as your editor, Molten Fuel Moderator Interaction Program at Chalk River Laboratories, which is an illustration of how difficult (and costly) it can be to answer apparently simple questions.

Following is a paper with really two parts, one on the use of radioisotopes in medicine, the other on the status of the MAPLE reactors and isotope processing facility at the Chalk River Laboratories, under the title, Ensuring Reliable Medical Isotope Supply.

Into the realm of the controversy about the "linear, no threshold" (LNT) concept for radiation effect there is paper by an expert in the field, Ron Mitchell of AECL-CRL, Cancer and Low Dose Responses In Vivo: Implications for Radiation Protection.

Switching focus Dan Meneley and co-authors describe the role of CANTEACH in their paper Preserving Technical Knowledge - When Technology's Lifetime Exceeds the Human Life Span.

Last in this group from PBNC is a related paper on Nuclear Undergraduate Programs at UOIT, accompanied by a short note on UOIT Nuclear, a Students Perspective.

There are short reports on the PHYSOR 2006 reactor physics conference in Vancouver in September 2006, the Douglas Point Commemoration held at the end of September, and the status of theBruce A Refurbishment.

The balance of the issue contains our usual eclectic selection of items in General News, some information on activities of the Society in CNS News, and the ever-interesting perspective of Jeremy Whitlock in Endpoint.

We hope you find some interesting items for your year-end reading and welcome your comments.