The cumulative depositions of137Cs,90Sr and fallout Pu in the volcanic ash soil of Korea were determined. The average accumulated depositions of137Cs,90Sr and fallout Pu in the volcanic soil were much higher than those in other forest sites of Korea. From depth profiles, it
was found that137Cs,90Sr and239,240Pu in the volcanic soil are more mobile than those in other forest sites of Korea, and that the downward movement of90Sr is faster than137Cs and239,240Pu. A significant correlation was found between the concentration of137Cs and those of90Sr and239,240Pu. The activity ratios of238Pu/239,240Pu and241Pu/239,240Pu in soils are close to those observed in the cumulative deposit from the global fallout of nuclear weapon testings.
Interdisciplinary research has been encouraged through the policies of many governmental and institutional funding agencies
in Korea. This paper measured the degrees of interdisciplinarity in individual and collaborative researches and analyzes the
factors affecting it. This paper also examined flow of knowledge among different disciplines in science and engineering research
using a database obtained from research proposals submitted to Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF). The analysis
indicated that 54.6% of collaborative research proposals were interdisciplinary, while 35.8% of individual research proposals
were interdisciplinary. The analysis of knowledge inflow/outflow structure showed that Natural science served as a link between
Life science and Engineering.
The aim of this study is to reveal the research growth, the distribution of research productivity and impact of genetic engineering
research in Japan, Korea and Taiwan by taking patent bibliometrics approach. This study uses quantitative methods adopt from
bibliometrics to analyze the patents granted to Japan, Korea and Taiwan by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
from 1991 to 2002. In addition to patent and citation count, Bradford’s Law is applied to identify core assignees in genetic
engineering. Patent coupling approach is taken to further analyze the patents granted to the core assignees to enclose the
correlations among the core assignees.
13,055 genetic engineering patents were granted during the period of 1991 to 2002. Japan, Korea and Taiwan own 841 patents
and Japan owns most of them. 270 assignees shared 841 patents and 16 core assignees are identified by the Bradford’s Law.
18,490 patents were cited by the 13,055 patents and 1,146 out of the 18,490 cited patents were granted to Japan, Korea and
Taiwan. The results show Japan performs best in productivity and research impact among three countries. The core assignees
are also Japan based institutions and four technical clusters are identified by patent coupling.
Authors:A. Ringbom, Klas Elmgren, Karin Lindh, Jenny Peterson, Theodore Bowyer, James Hayes, Justin McIntyre, Mark Panisko, and Richard Williams
Following the claimed nuclear test in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on October 9, 2006, and a reported
seismic event, a mobile system for sampling of atmospheric xenon was transported to the Republic of South Korea (ROK) in an
attempt to detect possible emissions of radioxenon in the region from a presumed test. Five samples were collected in the
ROK during October 11–14, 2006 near the ROK–DPRK border, and thereafter transported to the Swedish Defense Research Agency
(FOI) in Stockholm, Sweden, for analysis. Following the initial measurements, an automatic radioxenon sampling and analysis
system was installed at the same location in the ROK, and measurements on the ambient atmospheric radioxenon background in
the region were performed during November 2006 to February 2007. The measured radioxenon concentrations strongly indicate
that the explosion in October 9, 2006 was a nuclear test. The conclusion is further strengthened by atmospheric transport
models. Radioactive xenon measurement was the only independent confirmation that the supposed test was in fact a nuclear explosion
and not a conventional (chemical) explosive.
Trace elements in airborne particulate matter collected monthly at suburban and rural areas in Korea were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Neutron irradiation of the samples was done at the irradiation hole (neutron flux 1·1013 n·cm–2·s–1) of the TRIGA Mark-III Research Reactor in the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. For the verification of the analytical technique, two reference materials, NIST SRM-1648 and NIES CRM-8, were chosen for analysis. The accuracy and precision of the determinations of the 40 elements were compared with the reference values. We used this method (1) to analyze 30 trace elements in airborne particulate matter collected monthly with the high volume air sampler (PM-10) at two different locations and (2) to confirm the possibility of using this method as a routine monitoring tool to find out environmental pollution sources.
Authors:Xiu-Jing Lin, Gyujun Park, Ji-Hun Kwak, Wan Kim, Hee-Dong Kang, Hung-Lak Lee, Young-Gyu Kim, Sih-Hong Doh, Do-Sung Kim, and Chang-Kyu Kim
The 239+240Pu content of the marine sediments and seawater of the costal sea of Korea was measured. In marine sediments the 239+240Pu concentrations were in the range of 0.11-1.91 Bq/kg dry weight and in the coastal sea of Korea the ratio of 239+240Pu/137Cs was 0.27. The correlations between 239+240Pu and 137Cs concentrations and the content of organic matter (C, O, H, N, S) as well as the grain size of marine sediment were investigated
by regression analysis. The distribution coefficient of 239+240Pu was 1.22. 105. The 239+240Pu concentration in seawater increased with seawater depth. However, the 137Cs concentration in seawater did not change considerably with depth.
Authors:Yong Chung, Sun Kim, Gwang Sun, Jong Lim, Jong Moon, Kye Lee, Young Kim, Jong Choi, and Ju Lee
The analysis of mineral contents in space foods is needed to obtain an information on a comprehensive elemental composition
as well as the investigation on the effects of human nutrition and health based on the dietary intake of mineral elements.
Recently, six items of new Korean space foods (KSFs) such as kimchi, bibimbap, bulgogi, a ramen, a mulberry beverage and a
fruit punch which was developed by the KAERI, and the contents of more than 15 elements in the samples were examined by using
instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Five biological certified reference materials, NIST SRM were used for analytical
quality control. The results were compared with those of common Korean foods reported, and these results will be applied toward
the identification of irradiated foods.
Authors:Yong Chung, Young Chung, Kyung Cho, and Joung Lee
Trace and toxic elements in Certified Reference Material (CRM) made of Korean rice at the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science have been analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). Data intercomparison from the measurement with those of Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) and Induced Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (ICPS) has been studied. The powdered samples were sterilized at 1.5·106 rad in the bottles using a60Co source after sieving and spiking to specific elements such as As, Cd, Cr, Cu and Hg and then the homogeneity of samples was assessed. Rice flour (SRM 1568a) and standard solutions made by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) were used to construct the calibration curves for the INAA and the chemical methods, respectively. The uncertainties and concentration of constituent elements were determined and the possibility of their use for analytical quality control was considered.
Facing such serious problems in cultivating IT engineers as a mismatch in supply and demand of IT workers, shortage of globally
competitive IT professionals, and insufficient education and training of university graduates, the Korean government has decided
to adopt a new paradigm in national IT engineering education, based on supply chain management (SCM) in manufacturing. SCM
weights improving competitiveness of the supply chain as a whole via a long-term commitment to supply chain relationships
and a cooperative, integrated approach to business processes. These characteristics of SCM are believed to provide insight
into a more effective IT education and industry-university relationship. On the basis of the SCM literature, a model for industry-oriented
IT higher education is designed, and then applied in the field of computer-software engineering in Korea.
Beginning from the premise that research competitiveness at the university level is the starting point for national competitiveness
as a whole, this paper analyzes the correlation between university research-related performance and the scholarly or academic
resources available through a country’s library system. An analysis of this correlation from two different angles — a macroscopic
approach considering universities in OECD nations and a microscopic approach focusing only upon universities in Korea — found
that there is indeed a significant correlation between university research performance and the scholarly information available
at libraries. A regression analysis of the two approaches also found that the more journal titles subscribed to by university
libraries and the higher their budget for materials, the greater the contribution university libraries make to university
research competitiveness in Korea as well as other OECD countries. In this light, in order for Korea to reach a level of research
competitiveness comparable to other OECD members, policies need to be created that will effectively increase the number of
journals subscribed to by university libraries.