SC State’s Environmental Policy Institute receives $1.7 Million Grant for Nuclear Research

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Environmental Policy Institute (EPI) at SC State’s James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center recently received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

The grant enhances SC State’s applied research, policy analysis, education and community outreach efforts while assisting the NNSA to meet its mission and strategic goals. The mission and goals include: detecting the movement of nuclear sources directly related to Defense Nuclear Proliferation; increasing the number of students from minority serving institutions entering the area of science, math and engineering; and developing emergency response plans in rural communities near the Savannah River Site.

“This grant provides many opportunities for SC State University to continue its work in the areas of science, math, and engineering and to provide programs and activities relating to the environment,” said Dr. Reinhart Brown, interim executive director of the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center and principle investigator of the grant. “This is the fifth grant award, totaling $7.7 million since 2005, granted to the Environmental Policy Institute. The activities of the grant bring the community, business and governmental sectors closer to the University,” continued Brown.

The grant supports five targeted components:

Research
–Conducting research on the safe and secure transport of radiological sources to South Carolina.

Curriculum Development
- Enhancing the University’s curriculum offerings in science, mathematics and engineering, and to assist with the purchasing of new equipment for SC State’s nuclear engineering program.

Student Development
- Supporting the continuation of the science, math and engineering Recruitment and Retention program at SC State and to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the nuclear engineering program. Also, assisting with the development of student summer internship programs with NNSA throughout the United States.

Outreach and Training- Enhancing the awareness of first responders and community leaders of their role in natural and/or man-made disasters resulting from a radiological source or hazardous waste incident. Additionally, to provide leadership and technical institutes surrounding the Savannah River Site.

Faculty Developmen
t-Increasing the number of SC State faculty members submitting proposals and conducting research congruent with the mission and strategic plan of NNSA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information contact Dr. Reinhart Brown at (803) 533-3660 or rbrown@scsu.edu.