FIU, FPL team up to offer community teach-in on nuclear energy

WHAT: Nuclear power generates approximately 20 percent of the United States’ electricity, and represents almost two-thirds of the country’s carbon-free power generation. Recent global events, however, have raised questions about the safety of this technology and where it best fits in our energy future.

“Nuclear Power Technology: The Next Generation,” will be made up of two separate panel discussions as well as a keynote address from a leading expert on nuclear energy. The first panel will address public safety and security issues. The second will be centered on the economics of nuclear energy as well as future construction plans. For details on each panel and its speakers, please click here. The teach-in is free and open to the public.

WHO: FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and Dean Amir Mirmiran of College of Engineering and Computing will be joined by experts from FIU, Florida Power & Light Company and the Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management, among others. The program includes a keynote address by Nils J. Diaz, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Diaz will discuss the status and projections of the nuclear power industry, including the implications of the Fukushima Dai-ichi event in Japan and its impact on the U.S. nuclear industry.

WHEN: The teach-in will take place on Thursday, October 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with remarks by Rosenberg, Mirmiran and the keynote address by Diaz. The panel on public safety and security will begin at 9:30 a.m. The panel on economics and the future of nuclear energy will begin at 10:15 a.m.  

WHERE: Graham Center Ballrooms, located at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8 Street in Southwest Miami-Dade County.

Media Contact: Jean-Paul Renaud at 305-348-2716.

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