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ACU’s NEXT Lab construction permit application accepted for formal review by NRC

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has docketed Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab construction permit application, placing it under formal regulatory review. The application is the first for a new research reactor in more than 30 years and the first-ever for an advanced university research reactor.  “This is a significant achievement, and I … Continued
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ACU’s NEXT Lab awarded infrastructure grant from Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) announced a grant of $367,793 to be used for infrastructure at ACU’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab. The funding will support the radiochemistry aspect of NEXT Lab – specifically, establishing new and unique real-time direct chemical analysis capabilities for molten salt systems. For 2021, NEUP … Continued

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ACU awarded CCCU STEM research grant

Abilene Christian University is one of nine recipients of a grant to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics research through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and its U.K. subsidiary, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford.  Nine CCCU member institutions were selected to receive the grant, which will provide funding to advance scientific research and … Continued

NEXT Lab student researcher awarded National Science Foundation fellowship

When Keaton Brewster graduates in May with a degree in physics and mathematics, he’ll be taking with him more than a diploma. A research proposal stemming from his work in ACU’s NEXT Lab has earned him a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships Program. With his annual stipend of $34,000, Keaton … Continued

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NEXT Lab advances reliable nuclear energy

Energy and electricity topics are dominating conversations in Texas after residents spent a week battling a major winter storm. Abilene Christian University, along with two other Texas universities, is at the forefront of advancing nuclear technology to address problems plaguing traditional energy sources – including unpredictable weather. Nuclear is the most dependable form of electricity … Continued