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Kelly Cunningham ’14 Studies Nuclear Radiation in Fukushima

When a tsunami was triggered off the coast of Japan in 2011 by an undersea 9.0 magnitude earthquake, five nuclear reactors in Fukushima were destroyed causing radiation to spill over onto the land. Some 300,000 people were evacuated and obvious comparisons to Chernobyl were rampant. Kelly Cunningham ’14, then a freshman Park Scholar with her eye on veterinary school, never once considered the possibility that in six years she would find herself at ground-zero, studying the effects of this deadly
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From Tinker Toys to Nuclear Reactors to Fiber Optics: Korey Hite ‘08 Pursues Passion for Mechanical Engineering

Korey Hite has always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work. As a young child he once unscrewed the timer from his family’s game of Scattergories to examine the springs and gears inside. His investigations became increasingly sophisticated as he grew older. An aficionado of Tinker Toys, Legos, Erector sets, and the video game Rollercoaster Tycoon, Hite became adept at not only disassembling objects and understanding their functionality, but improving on their design. So it was no surprise
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Carl Smith ’16 Begins Nuclear Career in Elementary School

Carl Smith ‘16 distinctly remembers his first video game. What intrigued Smith most about The Simpsons Road Rage game was the fact that it featured a nuclear power plant. After learning about how nuclear plants generate significant amounts of electricity, Smith became fascinated by radiation and all of its properties — at the age of eight. Several years later, his mother passed away. This experience prompted him to reflect on his life and his future aspirations. Ultimately, it nudged him in the
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