Our intrepid reporter files another update from the ANS Winter Meeting.
November 1, 2011, 7:01AMANS Nuclear Cafe
October 17, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
For a while in the early 1990s, my work at Nuclear News magazine included coverage of Washington, D.C. Eight or ten times a year, I'd spend two or three days in our nation's capital, attending congressional hearings, interviewing bigwigs, pestering agencies to give me copies of arcane documents, and frantically taking notes in public meetings at the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
September 23, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society's Public Education Program will be sponsoring a one-day teacher workshop on Saturday, October 29, in Washington, DC. The workshop-Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World-is intended for science educators (including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, life science, environmental, and general science teachers) at the high school and middle school levels. The workshop will be held prior to the ANS Winter Conference, October 30-November 3, 2011.
September 21, 2011, 11:41PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The 2011 Young Professionals Congress (YPC 2011) is coming, and the time to register is now! YPC 2011 is an embedded topical of the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, October 30-November 3, 2011. YPC2011 is the fourth YPC, and the second to be held as an embedded topical in parallel with the ANS Winter Meeting.
September 14, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~Marie Curie
September 6, 2011, 10:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
On August 25, 2011, I had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Center for Advanced Engineering Research (CAER) located in Bedford County, Va., near Lynchburg. The crowd at the event included representatives of local, state, and federal governments, as well as a number of area business people, academics, and boosters.
August 31, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
August 30, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
August 10, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
A recent article called "Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power in Japan," written by Karen Street has gotten a lot of attention over the past week. It is a well written and comprehensive look at how humanitarian issues interface with energy issues. Shortly after the article was published in Friends Journal, Street was contacted by a personal friend (and long-time nuclear opponent) with the question, "How do I get involved?"
August 8, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Vermont Yankee's opponents continue their campaign
August 3, 2011, 6:01AMANS Nuclear Cafe
July 20, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
In high school one day I learned that nuclear energy is dangerous to people and the environment. After school that day I confronted my dad, a nuclear engineer, and luckily he was attentive enough to know that I am a visual learner and proceeded to "show" me the ways that nuclear is safe. The whole story can be found here, if you haven't already heard it.
July 12, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Two British environmental writers who were bitterly opposed to nuclear energy development just a few years ago decided to do some homework. Their questioning attitude and fact seeking minds have led them to the inescapable conclusion that most of the arguments against nuclear energy repeatedly offered by the opposition have been pure fabrications. George Monbiot and Mark Lynas both bring assets to the battle for hearts and minds in the energy source debate that are hard to match - they are recent converts to a pro-nuclear technology position with deep credentials in the environmental community. In addition, they are professional communicators with stories to tell.
July 11, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
June 28, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
In new media and old, time must be devoted to finding and conveying accurate information, no matter how short the news cycle.
June 17, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
June 8, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
In the weeks and months following the events at the Fukushima plant in Japan, the American Nuclear Society's Social Media listserv has become a headquarters for sharing information, ideas, and strategies about how to combat misinformation about nuclear energy. This active forum is facilitated by Dan Yurman, who through this effort has opened a new door for collaboration between communicators from all corners of the nuclear community. Many on this list have voiced concerns that the industry response to Fukushima has not yet managed to transition from defensive to offensive, in terms of public outreach.
June 2, 2011, 5:22AMANS Nuclear Cafe
About 35 percent of current nuclear workers will retire in next five years. Where will the next generation come from?
May 11, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
As an artist I have been lucky to find a place in the nuclear community, but I haven't forgotten what it feels like to be confused about energy (there was a time when I thought that biofuels and solar panels were a viable solution). I want to describe a situation that many young Americans are facing right now, in order to offer perspective on what energy issues look like from the outside. Do your best to put yourself in someone else's shoes for a moment:
April 14, 2011, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
As many of you know, there is a group of 160 or so people that participates in a sort of online party discussion about nuclear. Basically, anyone in the list can send an e-mail that goes to everyone on the list. Anyone can respond and everyone can see it. It works a bit like a huge cocktail party in that you can participate-or not-in any given conversation. This list serves as a sounding board for ideas, information gathering as there are many technical experts in various areas of nuclear energy, and support for those who are out in the larger world communicating about nuclear.