Ross Professors to Explore Nuclear Power’s Future at Conference


Can nuclear power become a larger solution to combating climate change? Three Michigan Ross Professors —  Andrew Hoffman, Thomas Lyon, and Joe Arvai — will help provide some answers at the Michigan Energy Symposium, Sept. 26-28 at the Rackham Building.

Nuclear energy provides one-fifth of U.S. electricity generation and is carbon-free. But it’s also expensive, controversial, and heavily regulated. The conference will explore how nuclear power fits into U.S. climate change mitigation goals.

Hoffman will lead a panel discussion with scientists, including U-M President Emeritus James Duderstadt, at 4:30 on Sept. 26, while Lyon heads up a policy session at 12:50 p.m. on Sept. 28 that will explore ways nuclear power might resolve the challenges to becoming a socially acceptable option for expansion.

Arvai will wrap up day two of the conference on Sept. 27 with a talk on the public perception of nuclear power’s risks and benefits compared with other energy sources.

The conference is free and hosted by the U-M Energy Institute and the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS), but seating is limited, so registration is required.

Register before Sept 15

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