Free “Disaster in Japan” U of A College of Science public forum at Centennial Hall, March 29, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). The March 11, 2011 9.0 earthquake, 10 meter tsunami and nuclear crisis from the Fukushima nuclear plants will be the topic. Centennial Hall is at 1020 E. University Blvd. just east of Park Avenue.
Info from: http://cos.arizona.edu/now/
The five speakers scheduled will explore the science that has driven these natural and man-made catastrophes. This expert panel will be moderated by University of Arizona Provost Meredith Hay and will include:
Professor, Geosciences, University of Arizona
Beck will provide an overview of the earthquakes and tsunamis that are at the core of Japan’s catastrophe. Her research involves using broadband seismology to understand mountain belts, earthquakes and faulting. Current studies include earthquakes and Earth structure associated with subduction zones and strike-slip plate boundaries.
Professor and Department Head, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
Betterton will describe the transport of radioactive particles in the atmosphere and the possible consequences for the western U.S. Betterton’s research focuses on atmospheric and environmental chemistry, including aerosols, cloud condensation nuclei, frozen solution chemistry, microphysical and chemical properties of winter precipitation, urban air quality, and ground water remediation.
Chairman, President and CEO, UniSource Energy Corporation
Bonavia will examine the unfolding consequences of this disaster on energy policies worldwide. Prior to joining UniSource Energy in 2009, Bonavia served as Presidents of the Utilities Group and Commercial Enterprises at Xcel Energy. Bonavia serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors of the UA College of Science.
Professor and Department Head, Radiation Oncology, University of Arizona
Dr. Stea will provide an understanding of the effects of radiation on human health. Stea is board-certified in radiation oncology and treats patients with lung cancers, melanoma, brain tumors and pediatric cancers.
Professor, Nuclear and Energy Engineering, University of Arizona
Williams will provide an insiders’ perspective on the challenges presented by the nuclear reactor technology. As director of the UA Reactor Lab, Williams coordinated the recent decommissioning of the University of Arizona’s 52-year old TRIGA nuclear reactor.
More about this Science Now forum in Arizona Daily Star:
Family update: I did receive word via email that my 2nd/3rd cousins in the Sendai area are well, but concerned about the potential nuclear crisis. Thank you for your prayers & messages of support.