CNTA teaches each spring at USC-Aiken as part of their Academy for Lifelong Learning.

Classes in the past have ranged from “Plutonium and our National Security” to “SRS and the Environment”.

Resources from these classes are provided below.

More information on the Academy for Lifelong Learning can be found here.

 2023- “Energy Supply and the Promise of Nuclear”

 Held March 2023

Class 1- CNTA Executive Director Dr. Marra introduced energy issues and the need for alternative and cleaner energy sources as well as near- and long-term alternatives.

Energy Sources Overview

Class 2- CNTA Board Chair Steve Sheetz provided an overview of the current energy climate and the ways that nuclear energy is answering the charge.

Small Modular Reactors Presentation

Class 3- Joel Leopard, who serves as a Communications Coordinator for Southern Nuclear provided an overview of the process leading to deployment of Plant Vogtle’s Units 3 & 4 in 2023.

2022- “Savannah River Site: Supporter of the Nation and Regional Economic Engine” 

Held March 2022

Class 1- The first session featured an overview of SRS by Manager of the Savannah River Operations Office for the Department of Energy Michael Budney and a summary of results from a recent economic impact study from President/CEO of the SRS Community Reuse Organization Rick McLeod.

DOE – Savannah River Site Overview for USCA (part1), DOE – Savannah River Site Overview for USCA (part 2)

SRSCRO – Economic Overview Presentation

Class 2- Introduction of Contractors at Savannah River Site. Speakers were: included Dennis Carr, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for SRS managing and operating contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS); Dave Olson, President and Program Manager for SRS liquid waste contractor Savannah River Mission Completion; Sharon Marra, Deputy Director of Operations for the Savannah River National Laboratory; and Joyce Hopperton, Director of Environment, Safety, Health and Quality for SRS protective force contractor Centerra.

Class 3- SRS and National Security. Presented by Admiral Charles Munns, past SRNS President /CEO and President of Munns Advisement.

National Security and SRS (March 2022)

2021- “Environmental Impact of the Savannah River Site”

Held March 3, 10, and 17 at USC-Aiken.

Class 1: The SRS Environmental Monitoring Program – this class provides an overview of the environmental monitoring activities that occur at the site and across the CSRA including recent results of these studies and historical data.
Presenter: Tim Jannik is a Fellow Technical Advisor at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).
The presentation is available in two parts due to size. Environmental Monitoring Part1,Environmental Monitoring Part2.
Class 2: Ecology at SRS – this class provides a historical review of ecology work at the site from the pioneering work of Dr. Eugene Odum and Dr. Ruth Patrick to current research efforts and outreach initiatives.
Presenter: Dr. Olin Rhodes is the Director of the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and a Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Applied Ecology in the Odum School of Ecology.
The Presentation is available in three parts due to size. Ecology at SRS-Part1, Ecology at SRS-Part2, Ecology at SRS-Part3
Class 3: Environmental Science and Technology – the Savannah River National Laboratory has been at the forefront in the development of environmental remediation and cleanup technologies. These efforts have facilitated the stewardship of the environment at SRS as well as supporting environmental cleanup needs around the world.
Presenter: Dr. Brian B. Looney is a senior research engineer at the Department of Energy Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, SC and an adjunct professor in the Environmental Engineering Science Department at Clemson University.