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January 4, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Shaw AREVA pledges $100,000 for S.C. college training center
    Shaw AREVA MOX Services has pledged $100,000 to Aiken Technical College's proposed Center for Energy & Advanced Manufacturing. The center aims to support the college's nuclear power-related programs, including nuclear quality systems, welding, mechatronics and radiation protection technology. "We are extremely grateful for Shaw AREVA MOX Services' generosity, and proud that this contribution toward our new facility demonstrates a confidence in the value of the training that will take place within it," said Susan Winsor, president of the college. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC is urged to closely review on-site storage of used fuel
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs to conduct a more comprehensive review of the long-term effects of on-site storage of used nuclear fuel, according to comments filed with the NRC by the states of Vermont and New York and anti-nuclear organizations. The filing is part of the agency's procedures as it works to determine a solution for used-fuel storage. New York has six reactors, while Vermont has one nuclear plant. SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear energy thrives after Fukushima Daiichi incident
    Critics of nuclear power have taken advantage of the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan to make their case against the energy source around the world, writes Jay Lehr, director for The Heartland Institute. Such efforts, however, have dealt only minor setbacks to projects in countries such as India, China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "Do not bet on even Japan being swayed by the fear mongers once the price of this bow to irrationality comes due," Lehr writes. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Management & Leadership 
 
  • Get started on becoming a better leader in 2013
    There are plenty of ways to improve your leadership in the coming year, writes Daniel McCarthy. A few ideas: Improve your presentation skills, seek out better feedback, pledge to hold yourself more accountable, or simply reach out to and thank your mentors. "Don't overdo it -- just pick one and commit to it," McCarthy advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty
    Henry Knox, the American revolutionary general, wasn't averse to leading from the front lines, writes Michael Friesen. Before the pivotal battle at Yorktown in 1781, Knox took command of artillery pieces, knowing that the guns' performance would be critical to his army's fate. "A great leader will have a finely tuned ability to delegate but must resist the temptation to abdicate," Friesen notes. LeadChangeGroup.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  International 
  • TEPCO begins operations at Fukushima headquarters
    Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima headquarters in Japan, which was established to handle issues related to the Fukushima Daiichi incident, began operations today, the company said. TEPCO has assigned about 30 workers to the site. During the opening ceremony, TEPCO Chairman Kazuhiko Shimokobe urged the company's executives and employees to intensify Fukushima reconstruction efforts. The Mainichi (Japan)/Kyodo News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India reactor project nears commissioning, regulator says
    The first 1,000-megawatt reactor of India's Kudankulam nuclear plant will be commissioned in the next two weeks, said Ratan Kumar Sinha, chairman of the country's Atomic Energy Commission. Engineers at Kudankulam "have done the hot pressurization based on certain observations," he said. "They want to be very sure that all the processes are perfect." The Economic Times (India) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Beware the fury of a patient man."
--John Dryden,
British poet, critic and playwright


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