SEATTLE – As an international leader in nuclear science and radiochemistry education, WSU is responding to our society’s most pressing nuclear concerns and preparing the next generation of scientists and professionals to meet our future energy and security needs.

A professor in the WSU Department of Chemistry, Sue Clark leads a team of radio-analytical chemists who are designing new ways to dramatically speed the identification of radioactive materials, and to advance safe and sustainable energy development.

In the September presentation of WSU’s ongoing Innovators lecture series, Clark will discuss how her work is contributing to improved nuclear activity detection and safeguards in a presentation entitled, “Nuclear Ambition: Securing America and Our Energy Future,” at noon on Sept. 10 in Seattle. The presentation will be in the Cirrus Ballroom of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel,1400 6th Ave. Luncheon registration is currently available online at www.theinnovators.wsu.edu or by calling 877-978-3868. Admission is $45.

Clark’s current research focuses on the environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides, the chemistry of high-level radioactive waste systems and actinide separations. The work is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, Office of Environmental Management, Office of Nuclear Energy, and National Nuclear Security Administration.

She also serves on the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for DOE and on the National Research Council’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. She is a consultant to Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. Clark is also an advisor to the editorial board of Radiochimica Acta.

The WSU Innovators lecture series highlights the university’s research achievements and promotes informed discussion about matters of vital importance in the 21st century. Through lectures and panel discussions presented throughout the year by faculty experts and industry leaders, the series explores a variety of topics and inspires new visions for our vibrant future.