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The Department of Physics will hold a lecture and discussion entitled “Understanding Fukushima: A Layman’s Guide to Nuclear Physics, Radiation and Nuclear Reactors” on Tuesday (March 29) at 7 p.m. in Horan O’Donnell Room 107.  Light refreshments will be served.

Michael Wood, PhD, assistant professor of physics, and Robert Selkowitz, PhD, assistant professor of physics, will lead a discussion of nuclear physics, radioactive materials and radiation safety as they relate to the events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  Milburn Crotzer, PhD, adjunct professor of mathematics & statistics, will follow this with a survey of events at the Fukushima plant, scenarios for the future of the crisis, and a discussion of the design differences between the Fukushima plant and its American counterparts.  The talk will be followed by an open question and answer session.

This event is the first of a three-part series of talks about the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Submitted by:  Robert Selkowitz, PhD, associate professor, physics