News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

May 24, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 20

ISU Gets $2.5 Million for Nuclear Education, Research

Idaho State University will receive three grants totaling $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program that will help advance nuclear education and develop the next generation of nuclear technologies.

"This is great news for Idaho State University. Our faculty are creating solutions to the nation's major energy challenges. In receiving these awards, ISU is in the company of great research universities," said Pamela Crowell, ISU vice president for research.

The Idaho State University grants were three of 42 university-led research and development projects totaling $38 million announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on Thursday, May 20. The grants were awarded to 23 universities in 17 states. Other universities, industries and national laboratories, including the Idaho National Laboratory, will serve as collaborators and research partners. The projects focus on four nuclear energy research areas.

"We are taking action to restart the nuclear industry as part of a broad approach to cut carbon pollution and create new clean energy jobs," said Secretary Chu. "These projects will help us develop the nuclear technologies of the future and move our domestic nuclear industry forward."

The three Idaho State University projects funded are:

Additional information on the Nuclear Energy University Program is available at A list of nationally selected projects can be found at the website