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A new perspective on nuclear waste management: facing the technical and social challenges of a complex science-policy issue

August 31, 2017

Abstract: Continuing social concerns over nuclear energy technologies still limit the application of long-term solutions to nuclear waste management in most countries.

Thorium reactors: silver bullet or proliferation hazard?

January 26, 2017

Abstract: Since their conception in the 1950s, thorium reactors have been promoted as a promising technology for nuclear energy generation, though they have not yet been successfully commercialized...

Rethinking the Nuclear Age: The View from Africa and Its Implications for Policy

April 29, 2015

Abstract: Today’s international relations are plagued by anxieties about the nuclear state and the state of being nuclear.

Radioactive waste disposal in European clay formations: science, safety and society

October 6, 2014

About the Topic: Large scientific and technological advances in many European countries and the establishment of the European technology platform IGD-TP have increased our understanding of how to...

China's Nuclear Energy Program - Development and Prospects

January 13, 2014

About the Topic: This presentation includes a review of significant trends in the development of nuclear energy in China, from the mid1980's until the present, and related future prospects.

A Look at South Korea’s Spent Nuclear Fuel Options

May 29, 2013

South Korea’s impressive nuclear power industry has quickly reached world class status on par with leaders like France, Japan and the United States.

Radiological Terrorism: A Risk Based Perspective

May 6, 2013

Dr. Connell will give an overview of radiological terrorism, focused on high activity radiation sources in the US and the risk they pose for malevolent use.

Peaceful Fusion? - The Use of Fusion Power and the Nuclear Order in the 21st Century

April 1, 2013

Fusion reactors have the potential to be used for military purposes.

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

March 14, 2013

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to defy UN Security Council resolutions calling for an end to its uranium enrichment program.

Can Nuclear Power Evolve Beyond Light Water? An Examination of the US and China

February 25, 2013

The United States commercial nuclear industry started just a few years following the conclusion of the second world war with the start of operation of the Shippingport reactor.

Globalizing Nuclear Emergency Response: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities

January 10, 2013

Sonja Schmid is an assistant professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech.

South Korea and Global Nuclear Governance

December 3, 2012

South Korea has become a major player in the world of nuclear energy and nuclear security, having hosted the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and inked the largest nuclear power plant export deal...

Dealing with Kazakhstan’s Soviet nuclear legacy

October 15, 2012

When the Soviet Union dissolved at the end of 1991, the independent Republic of Kazakhstan was left with the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal and a huge nuclear infrastructure, including lots...

Global Health Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

October 1, 2012

This study quantifies worldwide health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident on 11 March 2011.

Regulatory Implications of Fukushima for Nuclear Power Plants in the U.S.

May 22, 2012

About the Topic: Japan’s March 2011 Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami led to core damage in three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station.

Managing Uncertainties in the Regulation of Nuclear Facilities and Materials

May 21, 2012

This presentation will describe the NRC’s mission, the traditional approach to regulation of nuclear power facilities, and the NRC’s more recent use of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) in...

Nuclear Reactor Technology Transfers: A Review of Experiences in the Republic of Korea and China

April 18, 2012

There are currently 60 nuclear reactors under construction worldwide with nearly half of these projects being built in China.

"In My Lifetime" and post-film discussion with the director

February 29, 2012

The Film's Mission This film is meant to be a wakeup call for humanity, to help develop an understanding of the realities of the nuclear weapon, to explore ways of presenting the answers for “a way...

Perspectives of Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Risks for External Events

December 12, 2011

The events of this year alone have highlighted the impact that natural phenomena (so called external events) can have on critical infrastructure and commercial nuclear power plants in particular....

Nuclear Fuel Banks: Are They a Reality?

November 14, 2011

Much study has been put into the concept of a multinational or international “nuclear fuel bank,” and in 2010 two such banks became a reality according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Nuclear Power Plant Exporters' Principles of Conduct: Evolution, Status, and Prospects

November 7, 2011

The Nuclear Power Plant Exporters' Principles of Conduct are an industry code of conduct resulting from a three-year initiative to develop norms of corporate self-management in the exportation of...

The Politics of Nuclear Development: China as a Case Study

October 10, 2011

Nuclear energy is politically sensitive.

Deconstructing the Nuclear Accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi Plant: What Went Wrong and What are the Prospects of Recovery?

August 16, 2011

A presentation for the plenary session of the annual Geochemistry Society meeting (Goldschmidt Conference), discussing the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear incident, August 16, 2011.

Powering America: Does Nuclear Have a Future?

June 14, 2011

CISAC's Tom Isaacs participated in a discussion on nuclear energy in America for the World Affairs Council Northern California.  Event Description: The 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan...

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Siegfried S. Hecker Senior Fellow Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Michael May Michael M. May Senior Fellow Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Francois Diaz-Maurin François Diaz-Maurin Visiting Scholar
Chris Dunlap Christopher Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellow
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