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WSU receives new award from DOE Nuclear Energy University Program

We just won a new project for studying glass-ceramic waste forms for proposed nuclear fuel reprocessing.  We will team with Rutgers University and a UK consortium including University of Sheffield and Warwick University, as well as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  A link below is provided for the announcement.

Understanding influence of thermal history and glass chemistry on kinetics of phase separation and crystallization in borosilicate glass-ceramic waste forms for aqueous reprocessed high level waste


José Marcial and materials art

José Marcial has won 2nd place in the Artistic Category for the Materials Research Society, WSU Chapter, micrograph contest for “dendritic nepheline in high-level nuclear waste glass.”

Congratulations to Jamie Weaver

Jamie has just received the Golding Family Fellowship in the Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU.  This award was established by the Golding family to provide support for deserving graduate women in the physical and life sciences.  In WSU trivia, Cougar Gold cheese was named after Dr. Norman Golding, who was a dairy science professor in the College of Agriculture at WSU.

Congratulations to undergraduates Joey Kabel and Muad Saleh

Joey and Muad received awards for this years’ Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) poster contest.  Joey received a “Novice Researcher Award” for “Compositional Dependence of Crystallization in Nuclear Waste Form Glasses.” Muad received a “Gray” award for “Effects of Heat Treatment of Nuclear Steel on Magnetic Barkhausen Noise.” Congratulations guys!  Both also competed in the University of Idaho – Washington State University ASM Annual Paper night.

Congratulations to José Marcial who will be going to Brazil to study glass ceramics

José has been selected as one of the recipients for a fully paid grant to attend the Summer School in Glass Ceramics in São Paulo, Brazil, in August 2015.  The Advanced School on Glasses and Glass-Ceramics (G&GC São Carlos) will take place in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, in August 1-9, 2015. The School is organized by the CeRTEV (Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials and will be funded by FAPESP (The São Paulo Research Foundation) and the Department of Materials Engineering of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar).

Congratulations to José Marcial for scholarships in Waste Management

José has done it again.  He has been awarded the one of the 2015 Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarships ( at the Graduate Student Level.  He will be awarded the scholarship and travel reimbursement at the 2015 Waste Management Symposium ( in Phoenix, Arizona, in March 2015.  At the meeting, he was also awarded the Longnecker & Associates scholarship.

Congratulations to José Marcial

José received one of the travel stipends from the Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division of The American Ceramic Society to attend MS&T14 in Pittsburgh.  Congratulations Jose!

Congratulations to Jamie Weaver

The Chairs of the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting have selected “Forest of Na-Re-O dendrites in ceramic matrix composite” image (taken by Jamie Weaver and Paul Gassman (PNNL) with a Horiba Raman Spectrometer equipped with a Nikon Eclipse microscope) as a finalist in the “Science as Art” competition.  Chosen from among 150 artistic entries, the 60 finalists will compete in Boston for multiple $400 first-place and $200 second-place prizes.