Archive for December 23rd, 2011

December 23, 2011

Reed College nuclear reactor operated by students

by Grace

This is something different, a nuclear reactor operated by college students.

The Reed College Reactor Facility has been used for research and educational projects in the Portland area since its establishment in 1968. . . . The reactor is operated almost entirely by undergraduate students who are licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

It’s especially interesting to consider this juxtaposed with Reed’s reputation as a place “where students enjoy almost unlimited freedom to experiment openly with drugs”.

In any case, it’s reassuring to know that a “nuclear meltdown isn’t physically possible at a research reactor such as Reed’s”.  (At least, that’s what they tell us.)
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Left: Reed College nuclear reactor. Right: Reed students celebrating at annual Renn Fayre.

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