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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Bethany Goldblum

Director, Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Program, IGCC
Associate Research Engineer, UC Berkeley

Dr. Bethany Goldblum is a staff scientist in the Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an associate research engineer in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. As Executive Director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, she provides strategic direction for an effort bringing together seven universities and five U.S. DOE National Laboratories to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. Her research focuses on low-energy nuclear physics, neutron detection, and artificial intelligence for nuclear security applications. Goldblum leads the Bay Area Neutron Group, a research team focused on applied neutron physics for nuclear security applications, and founded and directs the Nuclear Policy Working Group, an interdisciplinary team of scholars developing policy solutions to strengthen global nuclear security.

She has been involved with the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp nearly since its inception, and acted as director of the program since 2014. She is author or co-author of more than 80 publications on nuclear science and policy issues and recipient of the 2020 Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication. Goldblum received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Expertise & Interests

  • Fundamental nuclear physics for nuclear security applications
  • Nuclear-plasma interactions
  • Scintillator characterization
  • Nuclear energy and weapons policy
bethany@nuc.berkeley.edu