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NASA Space Radiation Laboratory. NASA/BNL facility that explores risks to humans exposed to space radiation during space travel $34 million facility uses accelerator beams to simulate cosmic rays in space

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nasa space radiation laboratory
NASA Space Radiation Laboratory
  • NASA/BNL facility that explores risks to humans exposed to space radiation during space travel
  • $34 million facility uses accelerator beams to simulate cosmic rays in space
  • Goal is to develop methods and materials that reduce the risk to human beings on prolonged space missions
  • Studies may expand the understanding of the link between ionizing radiation and aging or neuro-degeneration, as well as cancer; may also lead to improvements in cancer radiation treatments
center for functional nanomaterials
Center for Functional Nanomaterials
  • Will be a New York State hub for cutting-edge nanoscience studies
    • Nanoscience & technology is the study and use of materials a few billionths of a meter in size
    • 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair
    • Very different properties!
  • Inter-disciplinary exploration of materials that use energy more efficiently, and practical alternatives to fossil fuels
  • $81 million project expected to be completed 4/07; operational 4/08
  • Highlights: Catalysts for more efficient energy production and use (current research)
national synchrotron light source ii nsls ii
National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II)
  • Proposed new state-of-the-art facility to replace the NSLS
  • Able to produce x-rays 10,000 times brighter than the current NSLS
  • Will play key role in BNL’s nanoscience, energy, biology, and materials research – complementary to the CFN
    • Make & study nanomaterials
  • Strong state support, $30 million promised for science institute
  • Competition for funding is fierce; low power rates one key to success of all big BNL facilities
homeland security r d
Homeland Security R&D
  • BNL his expertise in nuclear detectors to detect and interdict nuclear materials and in the study of dispersion studies of air contaminants
  • We manage the Radiological Assistance Program for DOE and provide support to first responders in NYC
  • We are working with DHS, NYS and NYC to get more homeland security money for the region
    • Have also reached out to Mike Balboni with offers of technical support from BNL
fundamental research practical discoveries
Fundamental Research,Practical Discoveries
  • Curiosity-driven (“How does the universe work?”)
  • Use-inspired (“How do we address the nation’s energy needs?”)
  • Applied (“How do we make solar energy use more efficient?”)
  • BNL does research at all three levels
  • Knowledge gained here often leads to practical advances for humankind
    • L-dopa, used to treat Parkinson’s disease
    • Improving performance of rechargeable batteries
    • Thallium-201, used in heart stress tests
    • Promising addiction treatment
    • Oil burner advances, saving millions/year for Northeast residents
    • Development of Lyme disease vaccine
environmental stewardship
Environmental Stewardship
  • We maintain a strong pollution prevention program
    • In 2005, saved more than $1 million, supported recycling/reuse of more than 2.8 million pounds of industrial materials
    • Program received several DOE awards in recent years
  • We are certified under the ISO 14001 environmental standard
    • Globally recognized standard of environmental excellence
    • BNL was first Long Island-based operation, first DOE Office of Science facility to achieve this accreditation
  • We support the use of alternative fuels
    • On-site natural gas fueling station used by Dowling College bus
    • Brookhaven maintains fleet of 73 natural gas vehicles
  • We support the Upton Ecological and Research Reserve
    • 10% of the site (530 acres) permanently set aside for conservation and ecological research, managed by the Foundation for Ecological Research in the Northeast (FERN)
    • FERN board includes BNL, Nature Conservancy, Dowling and Stony Brook
  • We have launched an Open Space Stewardship program
    • Fosters partnerships between schools, land stewards in local communities
    • Students in grades K through 12 perform environmental research, provide data that will help land stewards in making informed decisions
office of educational programs
Office of Educational Programs
  • Designs, develops, implements, and facilitates workforce development and education initiatives that support our scientific mission
    • Each summer, more than 100 high-school students work side-by-side with BNL researchers on cutting-edge research in physical science, life science, and technology development
    • Students also participate in research-based classes and lectures, and teachers are offered in-service training in hands-on workshops
    • Hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students each year participate in internships and programs
economic contributions
Economic Contributions
  • LIA economist Pearl Kamer studied the economic impact of BNL in 2005, found BNL’s viability as a premier research facility crucial to N.Y. State’s growth:
    • From 1993 to 2003, BNL injected more than $4.76 billion in direct spending into the New York State economy
      • This increased the state’s output of goods and services by almost $9.2 billion and created almost 79,000 secondary jobs in the state
    • In 2004 alone, the Lab’s direct spending of $454.4 million resulted in the expansion of New York State’s total output of goods and services by more than $880 million and created more than 7,700 secondary jobs statewide
      • Projected spending for fiscal years 2005 through 2014 could total almost $5.6 billion. More than 91,000 jobs would be created statewide, and virtually all industries, including some of the state’s key manufacturing industries, would benefit from this spending
partnership collaboration efforts and opportunities
Partnership/Collaboration Efforts and Opportunities
  • BlueGene-Class supercomputer/SBU partnership
  • Center for Environmental Molecular Sciences
  • Stony Brook Energy Center
  • BNL is exploring partnerships with other Long Island innovation sources