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Physics Seminar: February 1, 2013

Dr. Dave Seely

"Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power"

Abstract

Proponents of nuclear power argue that nuclear energy is economical, safe, and good for the environment. Critics maintain that fission reactors are neither safe nor clean, and cite the Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl power plant disasters, among others, along with problems that are associated with the disposal of nuclear waste. Some also argue that nuclear power plants that reprocess spent fuel may contribute to the proliferation of fissile material for use in weaponry ("dirty bombs") and that nuclear power plants are a public health risk, at least to people living in the vicinity of nuclear power plants and waste repositories.

In this talk, we will take a brief look at the physics of nuclear energy and then examine elements of the pro and con debate. If there is time and interest, we also will take a brief look at some next-generation nuclear energy technology such as the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project at the Idaho National Laboratory and/or the ITER experimental fusion reactor.

Norris 102, 2:15 - 3:20 p.m.

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Effren Grettenberger, Peter Verhaeghe and Michah Bryan in the Fall 2011 production of Shakespeare's As You Like It.
Effren Grettenberger, Peter Verhaeghe and Michah Bryan in the Fall 2011 production of Shakespeare's As You Like It.

Professions open to graduates of the department include theatre performance, production design, arts management, teaching at all levels, arts criticism and arts advocacy. Many of our majors pursue graduate study in the specialized fields of performance, directing, design, theatre history and literature and criticism.

Theatre

What you’ll study.

Acting and directing. Dramatic theory, history, and criticism. Theatrical design and technology. You’ll learn from faculty who have extensive experience as professional actors, directors, and producers. And you’ll learn in courses that balance critical, theoretical writing and discussion with practical training and personal coaching. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Get on stage or work backstage—every Albion student is invited. We put on four department productions a year, along with two student workshops of plays in the fall and spring. With experience, you can design for productions. Spend time off campus studying in New York or abroad, or work on campus through work-study. Theatre internship opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Auditions. Connections. Experience. Whether you enter the field or continue your advanced studies, you’ll benefit from our close ties to professional theatres, festivals, and the New York Arts Program. Potential career paths.

Experience Opportunities

Professors Trisha Franzen and Ruth Schmitter talk about the women's and gender studies program with a student.Drawing on the knowledge and methodologies associated with a number of different disciplines, the Albion women's and gender studies prorgram examines the role of gender through five distinct areas of study: Historical Contexts, Representations, Global Perspectives, Self-Making, and Institutions or Systems of Knowledge. Each area uses cross-cultural or multicultural investigations to understand the dynamics and differences in the operation of gender.

Within specific contexts but also across differences, the program also focuses on the lives of women—on women's past and present active involvement in the making of the world. Students experience this ongoing interplay of theory and practice both in the classroom and in the field, through research as well as through off-campus opportunities, including:

Please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Department for more information about the experiential learning possibilities within our program.

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