Developing the Next Generation of Women and Minority Scientists for the Nuclear Energy Industry

By Darrell Norman Burrell, Andrea Todd, Aikyna Finch and Maurice Dawson.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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The largest source of carbon dioxide emissions globally is the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) in power plants, automobiles, industrial facilities and other sources. Generating electricity is the single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, representing 41% of all emissions. Since 2007 the United States has been more actively considering nuclear power as an option for developing energy. Three decades after the Three Mile Island accident seemed to doom the nuclear power industry, the idea of a nuclear renaissance has been gaining public acceptance as a way to generate energy without greenhouse gas emissions and meet the nation’s electricity demands. The growth in the development of nuclear power will also require the development of new and diverse scientists in the areas of like health physics, chemistry, geology, environmental science, biology, and hydrology. This applied research paper looks at the critical importance of not just developing new scientists for the industry but also value of developing more women and minority scientists for the nuclear power industry through the development of viable solutions developed by women and men of color with industry experience. The focus of this approach for data collection is not to reconstitute theory but provide important practical information that can influence the world of practice, the engagement of industry, and the approaches of academia.

Keywords: Diversity in Science Careers

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.53-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 746.772KB).

Prof. Darrell Norman Burrell

Faculty / Instructor, George Mason University, Walden University, A.T. Still University, Warrenton, VA, USA

Dr. Darrell Norman Burrell is a post-doctoral student. He has a doctorate in health Education from A.T. Still University in Environmental Science and Health. He is a faculty member at Virginia International University and A.T. Still University. He teaches as an adjunct faculty memberin the “Green” MBA in Sustainability Development with Marylhurst University. He is also a Presidential Management Fellow, with over 15 years of management experience. He has an EdS (Post Master’s Terminal Degree) in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. He has graduate degrees in Human Resources Management and Organizational Management from National Louis University, and a graduate degree in Sales and Marketing Management from Prescott College. He has over 27 publications and has presented over 20 peer reviewed conferences.

Dr. Andrea Todd

Faculty, Virgina Tech University, Falls Church, VA, USA

Dr. Aikyna Finch

Associate Program Dean, Onsite Programs, Strayer University, Huntsville, AL, USA

Dr. Maurice Dawson

Faculty, School of Business, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL, USA