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Nuclear Technology: The Power and the Peril

Date & time

Oct 10, 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall

Nuclear power is the primary carbon-free energy source technically capable of meeting the world's electricity needs. But current reactors use and generate special nuclear material that can be used for making nuclear weapons. Is it possible to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and simultaneously develop peaceful nuclear power technologies? At the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Panel Discussion, experts will describe and integrate technical and policy aspects of the nuclear power and nuclear nonproliferation problem. Topics will include: -Background science on nuclear detection, materials, and weapons -On-site monitoring technologies necessary to know who is doing what and where with respect to nuclear reactors and the weaponizable nuclear material -U.S. policy for arms control initiatives, agreements, and treaties -Implications of these policies toward the emerging issues in Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan Goal of Symposium: To promote understanding of both technology and policy necessary to address the complex and global nature of these challenges.

J. Christian Kessler, Visiting Professor, Department of Technology & Society, SUNY Stony Brook Principal & Owner, North Raven Consulting LLC

Glenn Knoll, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Professor (Emeritus), University of Michigan

Mark Wrobel, Transformational & Applied Research Directorate, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Presented by the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program and Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) & Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Student Chapter of UM

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