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March 24, 2017 – Energy and atmosphere – planning for a safe future

Grounds for Science

with Alexis Shusterman & Chris Keckler 

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Scarlet City Espresso Bar

Climate Models Explained

From predicting future temperatures to re-creating pre-historic conditions, computational models are a huge part of how scientists investigate earth’s ever-changing climate. Come learn what drives these models, how they’ve evolved over time, and what researchers are doing to make them even better!

Climate models

Alexis Shusterman

Alexis Shusterman is a PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department at UC Berkeley where she researches low-cost, high-density strategies for monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide in urban environments. Her other passions include chemical education, science communication, and STEM diversity.

Inherently Safe Nuclear Reactors

It has been proven in full scale experiments that advanced nuclear reactor designs can be engineered so that they remain within all safety limitations during even the most extreme accident scenarios. Reactors which meet this criterion are termed “inherently safe”. This talk will explore the physics and engineering choices that go into an inherently safe design, and how these designs differ from current commercial power reactors. Furthermore, examples of inherently safe designs will be briefly outlined and discussed.

Physics of safe nuclear reactors

Chris Keckler

Chris Keckler is a second-year graduate student in the Nuclear Engineering Department at UC Berkeley interested in everything concerning fast reactors. In the past, Chris has spent time working summers at various nuclear facilities including Davis-Besse, Penn State, Westinghouse Columbia, and Argonne National Lab. He is an avid environmentalist and is intent on demonstrating to the public the environmental benefits of nuclear power. Outside of engineering, Chris spends far too much time playing minesweeper, soccer, and shoegazing.

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