In just a few days, nuclear scientists, engineers and technologists will begin arriving in San Antonio, Texas for the 2015 annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society. The theme for this year’s meeting is Nuclear Technology: An Essential Part of the Solution.
Dr. Dale Klein, a former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and currently Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research at The University of Texas System, is the meeting chairman.
Society leaders and committee members will spend most of Sunday afternoon in meetings conducting the business of the society. On Sunday evening, nearly everyone who is at the meeting will be attending the traditional President’s reception cocktail party and networking event in the vendor expo hall.
Here is quote from the meeting agenda that briefly describes the opening plenary session that is scheduled for Monday morning.
The world-wide demand for electrical energy continues to grow and utilities are strategically meeting this demand with a diverse energy portfolio. Nuclear based electricity has many benefits including cost and risk diversification. Speakers will discuss why nuclear technology is an essential part of the solution to meet present and future energy needs.
- Doyle Beneby (President and CEO CPS Energy), Welcome from CPS Energy
- Tom Fanning (Chairman, CEO Southern Company), Cyber Security, Physical Security, and America’s Energy Future
- David Scott (Former Executive Director of Economics and Energy Affairs at the Executive Affairs Authority, United Arab Emirates), Decision for Nuclear in the United Arab Emirates
- Scott Tinker (Director, Bureau of Economics Geology, The University of Texas at Austin), Shale Gas: Bubble or Coming Boom and Possible Impact on Nuclear Energy
The President’s Special Session should also attract a big crowd because it addresses a topic that will either help or hinder the growth of nuclear technology applications. Titled Radiation Conversations: Informing Consumers and Policy Makers this session will address improving the way nuclear professionals communicate with the general public and policy makers about radiation dose.
It’s no wonder the public and policy makers are often confused about the benefits and risks of radiation and in understanding the difference between a dangerous dose and one whose risks are either non-existent or so low that they are not worth worrying about. Professionals have managed to make the topic far more confusing and controversial than it needs to be. We need to fix the way that we think, talk and write about the topic.
As usual, there is also a rich program of technical sessions.
Even at this late date, I have not decided whether or not I can afford to cover the event. I need to decide by tomorrow evening. You can help me make the decision.
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