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2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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When the Science Channel is light on science
In September, cable television’s Science Channel aired an episode on power plant catastrophes as part of its series Deadly Engineering, with one principal segment on the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. The episode contains several inaccuracies and distortions—perhaps the biggest mistake being that the TMI accident was featured in Deadly Engineering at all, since no deaths or long-term adverse health trends resulted from the accident.
Leaving that aside, the episode includes other errors that executives at Science Channel should have caught and corrected before airing. They also should have made sure to include knowledgeable scientific reviewers from both sides of the nuclear issue, which they did not.
The biggest falsehood in the episode comes very near the beginning, with the horribly erroneous claim that most of eastern Pennsylvania was made permanently uninhabitable by the accident. Incredibly wrong, and likely believable and very frightening to some viewers.
The Human Factors, Instrumentation and Controls Division established the Joseph Naser Undergraduate Scholarship in November 2016.
Dr. Joseph Naser is a Technical Executive with the Electric Power Research Institute’s Nuclear Power Sector in the Plant Technology Department. Before that, he was the manager of the Nuclear Sector’s Instrumentation and Control Program. He has been with EPRI for 41 years working in a number of different areas. His major emphases are in the areas of control and protection systems; human-system support systems; human factors engineering aspects of digital systems, control rooms and other human-system interfaces, modeling and simulation; productivity improvements; and visualization. He is the EPRI lead on the joint DOE Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program and EPRI Long-Term Operation Program for the topic area of Advanced Instrumentation, Information and Controls Technologies. He is responsible for over 140 EPRI technical reports.Before coming to EPRI, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory in fast reactor physics. One year while at EPRI he taught Nuclear Physics part-time at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Naser has worked on several projects with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) contributing to twenty-one IAEA nuclear power plant reports. He has over 300 publications and major conference presentations. He is a Fellow in the American Nuclear Society and a member of IEEE and ISA.
Dr. Naser has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in Science Engineering. He has a Master of Science and a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Human Factors, Instrumentation and Controls Division (HFICD)
A selection committee will be established by the Human Factors, Instrumentation and Controls Division
Undergraduate (Sophomore and above)
1 awarded annually @ $2,000/each
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