The local section of the American Nuclear Society – or ANS – will discuss past and future efforts for nuclear science and technology outreach during an upcoming dinner meeting.

The ANS Savannah River Section will hold the meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the USC Aiken Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, located at 471 University Parkway.

Section Chair Kevin O’Kula said Mindy Mets, from the SRS Community Reuse Organization, and Bill Wabbersen, from Savannah River Site, will talk about their outreach and public information efforts.

“They will interact with attendees in several interactive activities – this will be especially suited for teachers and students in the CSRA,” O’Kula said.

“There will be a focus on the teacher workshops that have been very successful in our region. The (Community Reuse Organization) and (Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness) have been very involved in that,” she said. “Teachers have rated these workshops as ‘excellent’ in terms of value and walk away with hands-on tools that they can use.”

Teachers and students can attend Thursday’s dinner meeting for a lower price of $10. The event is still open to the public who may attend for $17. Reservations must be made by Tuesday at For more information, email

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard.