The Promise and Perils of Nuclear Energy

Agenda

The panel discussions and documentary screening are open to the public. No registration is necessary for these events.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Panel Sessions, Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute

8:30 – 9:30 am — “Nuclear 101: How nuclear energy works, from the Big Bang to now.” Got science? We’ll blast into space with a talk on the origins of the universe and come back to Earth for a primer on nuclear energy.

  • Moderator: Sara Shipley Hiles, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Speakers:
    • Angela Speck, Astrophysics – a history of the universe in 15 minutes
    • Bill Miller, MURR – the basics of nuclear science

9:45 – 11:15 am — “Hot Issues in Nuclear Energy: Key players discuss where nuclear is today.” Climate change has changed the conversation. Where will we get our energy in the future? A panel of experts discusses nuclear vs. renewables, the impact of the Clean Power Plan and COP21, and the economics of energy.

  • Moderator: Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News
  • Panelists:
    • Scott Peterson, Nuclear Energy Institute
    • David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
    • Scott Burnell, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

[Thursday afternoon, registered journalist attendees will take a private tour of the MU Research Reactor]

 

Documentary Screening, Fisher Auditorium, Gannett Hall

7:00 – 9:00 pm — “Pandora’s Promise” Screening and Panel Discussion. What if everything you think about nuclear power is wrong? Screened at Sundance and the True/False Film Fest, the provocative documentary “Pandora’s Promise” is sure to leave you with questions. Watch the film and discuss it with a panel of experts.

  • Moderators: Bill Miller, MURR, and Sara Shipley Hiles, Journalism
  • Speakers:
    • Ed Smith, Missouri Coalition for the Environment
    • David Ropeik, Harvard University
    • Roger Witherspoon, journalist

Friday, Jan. 29

Panel Sessions, Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute

8:00 – 9:30 am — “Nuclear safety in a post-Fukushima world.” Incidents at Fukushima, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl raise concerns about nuclear safety. Experts will address the state of nuclear safety today along with radiation health effects, waste storage and the consequences of aging plants

  • Moderator, Roger Witherspoon, freelance journalist
  • Speakers:
    • David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Scott Peterson, Nuclear Energy Institute
    • David Ropeik, Harvard University
    • Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
    • Larry Criscione, former Callaway employee
    • Scott Burnell, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

[Friday afternoon, registered journalist attendees will take a private tour of the Callaway nuclear power plant]