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Regent Cynthia Jones monitors radioactivity in the nuclear crisis

cyndijonesCynthia Jones ’81, PhD, physics graduate and Augsburg regent, is a senior staff member in the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Since the Japan earthquake and tsunami, she has been working long hours in their Operations Center to help U.S. officials and the public understand what is happening at the nuclear reactor sites in Japan so that the U.S. can make informed decisions of the situation.

Jones has been with the NRC since 1988, first as a senior health physicist, and currently as senior technical advisor for nuclear security. She is responsible for coordinating agency interactions both with government and the industry, domestically and international, that relate to nuclear security, safeguards, radiological and nuclear protection issues, and potential health effects of adverse consequences. Continue reading “Regent Cynthia Jones monitors radioactivity in the nuclear crisis”

From the orchestra to the NRC

physicsSpotlight on Cynthia (Landowski) Jones, PhD ’81, Physics

It took a fractured wrist from a toga party at Augsburg and a J-term course in physics to persuade Cyndi Jones to enter the field of science. In the fall of 1977, this talented young woman came to Augsburg on a music scholarship to play the clarinet. She planned to pursue a career in classical clarinet and performance. However, in the January term between her first and second years, Cyndi took a Physics for the Life Sciences course from Mark Engebretson and explored the relationship between music, physics, and math. “I got a 4.0 in the class,” she said, “and the subject was fascinating and exciting.” Continue reading “From the orchestra to the NRC”