[PAST EVENT] Atoms for Peace: A Physics and Applied Science Colloquium

April 11, 2012
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Small Hall, Room 110
300 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
"President Reveley will Introduce the speakers with remarks on experiences in licensing nuclear power plants. All are welcome, especially graduate and undergraduate students who are prone to lively, but civilized, debate and discussion."

1. Dr. Victor H. Reis, Senior Advisor for DOE's Under Secretary for Science, will discuss some "Sputnik Moments" suggested by President Obama & Secretary Chu for U.S. energy challenges, and in particular the Department of Energy (DOE). He will review Sputnik & Apollo from a strategic planning perspective, and review several DOE programs: Stockpile Stewardship, the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and the current DOE efforts in exascale computing and small modular reactors. He will raise the issue of nuclear power and climate in light of the Fukushima disaster. Lively discussion will be encouraged.

2. Hon. Lawrence Scheinman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies will focus on the structural, political, policy-relevant aspects of the nuclear arena, fuel cycle issues (should there be wide dissemination or multi-nationalization of the nuclear fuel cycle and if so what options are there that would be mutually satisfactory to advanced industrial states with full fuel cycle capability--e.g., U.S., Russia, France, UK--and countries looking to nuclear power for the long run and considering full fuel cycle capability in lieu of reliance on a rather small number of providers, etc.). He will also talk about the question of what to do about spent nuclear fuel--an issue that still begs a solution--and will address the range of proposals made for dealing with spent fuel from Pacific Basin spent Fuel Storage to Yucca Mountain.