Saturday Morning Physics
What Does the Nuclear Reactor Accident in Japan Mean for Our Energy Future?


Apr
16
2011

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  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 04/16/2011
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: Dennison Building, Rooms 170 & 182

  • Description: The nuclear power plant accident in Japan has caused widespread rethinking of our energy future. This talk aims to contribute to that discussion. We shall first review the three most famous nuclear power plant accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi. In addition to the risks that were realized by these accidents, we shall also discuss other as yet unrealized risks. Despite these risks, there are strong arguments for continuing to pursue nuclear energy. This necessarily involves considering the alternatives for our energy future, and as we shall see, there is likely a heavy price to pay one way or another to fulfill our energy desires.

    Detailed Information
    The lectures are held on the U-M central campus (Ann Arbor) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and are preceded by refreshments and followed by Q&A sessions. The Church Street Parking Structure is available at a cost of $2.00 per vehicle.

    Contact Information
    For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437