March 18, 2011
Director, News and Information
Physicist Ian Durham, associate professor of physics, joined us on March 18 for a live online chat on the Japan nuclear disaster at the Fukushima reactors and possible implications for U.S. nuclear power. Prof. Durham answered questions from chat participants and touched on a variety of topics ranging from nuclear energy, Japan's response to the disaster, and the design of nuclear plants in the U.S. A replay of the chat is available in the box below.
Nuclear power is a fact of life in New England, where electricity is supplied by plants in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. How safe are these plants? Could what happened in Japan happen here? What is happening in Japan, anyway? And what are the implications for expanding the use of nuclear power in the United States?
A complete transcript of the March 18, 2011 online chat with Prof. Ian Durham is available through this RSS feed - http://rss.coveritlive.com/rss.php?altcast_code=6842b9cb70.
Professor Durham earned his doctorate in mathematics and theoretical physics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His master's of science is in applied physics from The Johns Hopkins University, and he spent time at the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) while an undergraduate in mechanical engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His present area of research is broadly focused on quantum physics, presently including a project that touches on atomic and nuclear physics. He formerly worked for NASA on the SeaWiFS ocean color and earth systems monitoring satellite program and for the National Weather Service's Nation Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).