During the 1940s and 1950s, utopian visions of the use of nuclear energy abounded. People dreamed of atomic-powered cars and of using nuclear energy to cure cancer, control the weather, and increase agricultural productivity. Since then, however, the dispersal of harmful radioactive isotopes through weapons testing, improper disposal of nuclear waste, and accidental explosions at nuclear power plants generated much more skepticism.
This panel gathers four researchers for a wide-ranging conversation on the past, present, and future of the nuclear industry. What are the main questions, problems, and challenges facing the nuclear industry? Going into the future, to what extent will nuclear energy be viable as a form of energy production?
Allison Campbell received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was the 2017 president of the American Chemical Society. She is the Pomona Chemistry Department's 2019 Robbins Lecturer.
Kate Brown received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington and is an award-winning author. She is the Pomona History Department's 2019 Ena Thompson Lecturer.
Caitlin Stronell works as a researcher with the Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, a non-profit organization based in Tokyo. She completed her Ph.D. in political studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2016.
Mankei Tam received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2018. His work contemplates citizens' capacity and self-empowering practices to forge trans-local links and engage the Japanese state in critical assessment of the risks of radiation.
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