A Field Back in Vogue

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Science  21 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6015, pp. 279
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6015.279

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In the wake of the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 and Chornobyl in 1986, students shunned nuclear sciences, and the United States has struggled ever since to train enough nuclear engineers, radiochemists, and medical physicists to keep the field healthy. To combat the downward trend, beginning in 1998, the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission launched a series of programs to support training and education in the field. Enrollments have nearly doubled since 2004, but experts say that's only enough to catch up with the demand of the last decade.