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High School and University Faculty Develop Teaching Modules and Present Case Studies on Nuclear S&T

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Left Photo: The participants conduct the cloud chamber experiment to see the tracks of radiation emanating from the radioactive source. The experiment was supervised by high school teachers involved in the International Atomic Energy Agency educational outreach program on nuclear science and technology for secondary schools

Center Photo: A radiation measurement activity being conducted at the PNRI Nuclear Training Center

Right Photo: The CNT participants tour the Technetium-99m Generator Facility

 

Halfway this summer, teachers from secondary schools and instructors from universities and colleges spent the rest of the vacation grappling with equations and formulas as they studied nuclear science and technology to develop teaching modules and case studies under the tutelage of experts from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI).

This May, the faculty felt the nostalgia of being students once again during the Course on Nuclear Technology (CNT) and the Seminar on Nuclear Science for Teachers (SNST) conducted by the PNRI Nuclear Training Center. University professors and graduates from De La Salle University, Cagayan State University, University of Eastern Philippines and University of the Philippine Los Baños participated in the CNT. The SNST participants are composed of science teachers from several secondary schools in Metro Manila and Luzon.

Also among the participants are teachers from Quezon City Science High School and San Francisco High School, who are currently serving as pilot schools for an outreach program for high schools on nuclear science and technology. The outreach program is under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Project RAS/0/065 on Supporting Sustainability and Networking of National Nuclear Institutions in Asia and the Pacific Region.

The CNT was held on May 4 to 15, while the SNST continued up until May 22. The participants from both courses were oriented on the basics of radiation and radioactivity, nuclear physics and chemistry, detection and measuring instruments, radioactivity counting, neutron sources and interactions, radiation safety, protection and shielding, among others.

The high school teachers were exposed to the various applications of nuclear science and technology, such as food irradiation, mutation breeding, soil fertility and plant nutrition studies, radioisotopes in medical, industrial and geological applications, and nuclear energy for power generation. The SNST lectures also involved relevant aspects of nuclear regulations and radiation safety, such as emergency planning, preparedness and response, radioactive waste management practices, secure transportation of radioactive materials and radiation monitoring. Meanwhile, the CNT participants learned much about gamma spectrometry, the production of radioisotopes and its environmental applications, and radiation processing of natural polymers.

Written examinations were given to the participants to gauge how much did they learn after every week. The participants were also required to develop the respective final requirements for each course – the teaching modules for SNST and case studies for the CNT participants. These were presented before a panel of evaluators composed of experts from various PNRI research and regulatory sections.

After these activities, the participants had the opportunity to go on a tour of the various PNRI facilities and laboratories such as the Technetium-99m Generator Facility, the Philippine Research Reactor-1 (PRR-1), the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility and the Electron Beam Facility. The visit gave the participants a first-hand observation of the nuclear and radiation applications they learned during the course.

Extending their fellowship beyond the training seminar, the high school teachers will cap the summer with a trip to the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant on June 11, where they will join visitors from other countries in a teacher’s exchange program under the IAEA outreach program.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:16
 

Quality Management Systems for Better Marine Radiological Data

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Left Photo: PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (1st row, 4th from left), IAEA expert Mr. Peter Vermaercke (2nd row, 5th from right) and Lead Country Coordinator Mr. Ronald Szymczak (2nd row, 6th from left) with the representatives from several countries in the Asia-Pacific Region at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.

Right Photo: The international participants listen to the briefing of the PNRI Irradiation Services Section at the Electron Beam Facility

 

Marine environmental radioactivity monitoring experts and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region met in the Philippines early this May to improve the research capability to provide better marine radiological and environmental data with more stringent and intensive reviews of each country’s quality management systems.

From May 11 to 15, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) hosted a Workshop for Review Implementation of Quality Management Systems at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City. The workshop was conducted through the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology in the Asia-Pacific Region (RCA).

The week-long workshop was conducted under the IAEA/RCA Project RAS/7/021 entitled “Marine Benchmark Study on the Possible Impact of the Fukushima Radioactive Releases in the Asia-Pacific Region”. It is specifically aimed at developing the capabilities of countries having limited experience in marine radioactivity monitoring programs. Developing quality data is indispensable in the contribution of the various national counterparts to the Asia Pacific Marine Radioactivity Database (ASPAMARD), with the Philippines as the focal point for the database compilation throughout the region.

The ASPAMARD contains available data on radionuclide concentrations in seawater, sediment and marine biota in Asia and the Pacific. Under Project RAS/7/021, Phase 3 of the ASPAMARD focuses on the potential impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident on marine life and the environment.

Among the twenty workshop participants are representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Cook Islands, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Specialists from the various research sections of PNRI also participated in the workshop. Most of the participants are experienced in the field of marine radiochemistry or environmental management, as well as in monitoring radionuclides in their respective countries.

Lectures were conducted by IAEA expert Mr. Peter Vermaercke from Belgium, Ms. Cecilia De Vera of the PNRI Radiological Impact Assessment Section and Mr. Joseph Michael Racho of the PNRI Nuclear Analytical Techniques Applications Section. The workshop was facilitated by IAEA/RCA Lead Country Coordinator Mr. Ronald Szymczak from Australia and Workshop Director Ms. Eliza Enriquez of the PNRI Health Physics Research Section.

The participants from each country presented their experiences in sustaining their quality management systems and procedures. They also had the chance to visit the various PNRI laboratories and facilities certified under International Standardization Organization (ISO) standards, such as the Nuclear Analytical Techniques Applications Section, the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility and the newly inaugurated Electron Beam Facility at the PNRI compound.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 14:28
 

National Workshop on Threat Assessment and Design Basis Threat

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International Atomic Energy Agency experts Mr. Albertus Hendricus Dal (1st row, extreme left), Mr. Sung Soon Jang (1st row, center and Mr. Anthony Aragon (1st row, extreme right) with PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (1st row, 2nd from left), Nuclear Safeguards and Security Section Head Ms. Julietta Seguis (1st row, 2nd from right) and the participants of the national workshop from various agencies.


Highlighting the continued cooperation between government agencies in the field of nuclear security, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) hosted the National Workshop on Threat Assessment and Design Basis Threat from April 21-24 at the PNRI Compound in Diliman, Quezon City. The workshop was conducted in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

This workshop was held under the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP), of which the Philippines is an active partner in its implementation.

The four-day workshop featured the development, use and maintenance of threat assessment and design basis threat as regulatory tools for sharing security responsibilities between the State and various operators. It also includes discussions on the sources and types of threat information, as well as the methodology, implementation and application of these tools to further strengthen the regulatory foundation of the country in terms of nuclear security. The lectures were conducted by IAEA experts Mr. Mr. Albertus Hendricus Dal, Mr. Sung Soon Jang and Mr. Anthony Aragon.

Among the participants were representatives of various government agencies such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of National Defense, National Bureau of Investigation, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Anti-Terrorism Council and the Office for Transportation Security. They were also joined by regulators from DOST-PNRI.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 20:16
 

Follow-Up Training Course on Reactor Engineering

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Top Photo: PNRI Nuclear Training Center Officer-in-Charge Mr. Roel Loteriña (1st row, 8th from left), PNRI FTC Course Coordinator Mr. Carl Nohay (1st row, 4th from right) and Dr. Nobuyoshi Arai of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (1st row, 8th from right) join the participants and lecturers of the training course

Bottom Photos: Participants visit the control room (left) and reactor pool (right) of the Philippine Research Reactor-1 (PRR-1) at PNRI

 

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted the Follow-up Training Course on Reactor Engineering from March 2 to 13 at the PNRI Nuclear Training Center.

Fifteen participants from the National Power Corporation, Philippine Normal University, Surigao Del Sur State University and Bagong Silangan High School joined the two-week training course which covered the basics of nuclear reactor physics and reactor operation among others. Researchers from PNRI also participated in the course.

Three experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Dr. Nobuyoshi Arai, Dr. Masanori Kaminaga and Dr. Keisuke Okumura, supervised the training course. The lecturers were Dr. Joseph Auresenia, Chemical Engineering Department Chairman of De La Salle University) and ten PNRI staff: Mr. Carl Nohay, Mr. Nelson Badinas, Ms. Kristine Marie Romallosa, Mr. Alfonso Singayan, Mr. Giuseppe Filam Dean, Ms. Alvie Asuncion, Mr. Joseph Tugo, Ms. Cheri Anne Dingle, Mr. Adrian Cruz and Ms. Marianna Lourdes Marie Grande.

Lectures and exercises focused on the basics of radiation physics, nuclear energy production, radiation detection, and the neutron life cycle in a reactor. The participants were familiarized with existing reactor technologies and nuclear reactor calculations and were also taught the basics of thermal hydraulics and reactor safety. Experts also facilitated several experiments on radiation measurement and survey, reactor operation simulation and neutron moderation.

The Japanese experts also conducted special lectures for the FTC lecturers and selected participants, focusing on advanced concepts on reactor physics and nuclear engineering, reactor calculations and thermal hydraulics in reactors during various conditions.

Participants were also given a guided tour of various nuclear facilities in the Philippines, particularly the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and the Philippine Research Reactor-1 at PNRI. They also visited other facilities of PNRI such as the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory, the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility and the recently inaugurated Electron Beam Facility.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 21:14
 

Follow-Up Training Course on Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring

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Top Photo: Experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Shinichiro Torata and Dr. Osamu Amano (1st row, 7th from left and right, respectively) with PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa (1st row, center) join the participants and lecturers of the training course

Left Photo: Participants training in the use of survey meters for monitoring radiation levels at the PNRI Compound

Right Photo: Dr. Amano orients the participants in the proper collection of soil samples for analysis

 

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) in cooperation with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) conducted the Follow-up Training Course on Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring from February 23-27 at the PNRI compound.

The week-long training course imparts the basic principles of radiation monitoring as well as practical skills in performing sampling procedures, laboratory processing, demonstration of various analytical equipment and radioactivity measurement in the environment.

Among the participants are twenty-six (26) representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and PNRI researchers.

The training course was supervised by experts from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Mr. Shinichiro Torata and Dr. Osamu Amano, and nine (9) PNRI lecturers, Dr. Soledad Castañeda, Mr. Teofilo Garcia, Ms. Adelina Bulos, Ms. Rosario Encabo, Ms. Veriza Rita Cruz, Mr. Charles Darwin Racadio, Mr. Alfonso Singayan, Ms. Lynette Cayabo and Ms. Jennyvi Ramirez.

The Japanese experts also shared their knowledge and experience in environmental radioactivity monitoring, especially in light of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident in 2011, as well as on special topics such as the migration of radionuclides in the environment and radioactive waste management.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 01:32
 
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