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Oak Ridge director talks on nuclear nonproliferation

Oct. 6, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumnus Dr. Larry Satkowiak will talk about his work in nuclear nonproliferation during a presentation, "Nuclear Terrorism - What is Being Done," Friday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in 1104 Rood Hall. This free program will be largely nontechnical and the public is welcome.

Satkowiak is director of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and is this year's recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award in Physics, presented by the WMU Department of Physics to an outstanding graduate.

Employed within the Oak Ridge Complex since 1995, Satkowiak has been at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2002. His primary focus has been and continues to be nuclear nonproliferation. Under his guidance, ORNL's nuclear nonproliferation program has grown to an annual budget of more than $150 million. Satkowiak also serves on several national and international committees focusing on the safeguarding of nuclear materials and the nonproliferation of weapons and weapon technology. He is deputy chair for the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Division of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.

Satkowiak earned both a bachelor's degree in physics and applied mathematics and a master's degree in experimental nuclear physics from WMU, and he received a doctoral degree in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame.

More information about the Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is available on the Web at nnp.ornl.gov.

For additional information about Satkowiak's visit to WMU, contact Dr. Paul Pancella, chair of the Department of Physics, at paul.pancella@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4936.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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