MU Reactor Welcomes New Addition

1 decade 4 months 1 day ago November 21, 2006 Nov 21, 2006 Tuesday, November 21 2006 Tuesday, November 21, 2006 11:25:39 AM CST in News

Hawthorne says he's ready for the challenges ahead.

"I'm not at all sedate, I don't feel any different today than I did 30 years ago. That's in my head, but..." Hawthorne joked.

MU's research reactor played a strong part in recruiting the scientist. MU is home to the largest university operated research reactor in the world.

"We will be providing actual physical resources for Dr. Hawthorne's research," Reactor Associate Director David Robertson said.

MU scientists hope to use nanoparticles, 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, to find cures for large medical problems, including the cure for cancer.

"We look forward to the cutting edge research that will be conducted at this institute. We also look forward to the discoveries that have the potential to improve all of our lives," MU Curator Thomas Atkins said.

As construction begins, Hawthorne's energy appears to be the base for the future of nanotechnology and MU's research reactor. MU's research reactor just submitted an application for a 20-year license renewal. The reactor will continue operating while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission examines its safety and environmental impact.

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