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Ciccariello-Maher and Graham Take on Global Questions

Political Science Profs Ciccariello-Maher and Graham Take on Global Questions

December 19, 2014
Drexel University’s political science professors finish out the year on a high note. In Paris, France and Washington, D.C., our professors have been contributin... Read More »

Call for Participants: 2015 Summer Institute: Standards in Society

December 18, 2014
The history program at Drexel University invites applications from graduate students in all disciplines for participation in a two-week summer institute, “Stand... Read More »
Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research

Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research Reaches Around the World in 2014

November 19, 2014
The coast of Antarctica. The Canadian Arctic. Delhi, India. The Congo. There's little that these places, oceans apart, seem to have in common, except for this: ... Read More »

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  • Inherently Risky Reactors? The History of Soviet Reactor Design Choices and the Notion of Safety

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) Room 120 33rd and Chestnut Streets (NE Corner)

    • Everyone

    After the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986, many asked the question why Soviet nuclear experts chose the RBMK (the “Chernobyl-type reactor”) as a standard design for implementation all over the Soviet Union. Implicit in this question were assumptions about the RBMK’s inherent risks: why would anyone select a technically flawed reactor, and let insufficiently trained technicians operate it? Often, the Soviet system with its tightly integrated economic plans and political program has been blamed, again implying that “this could never happen here” (wherever the “here” might be). The Fukushima accident has complicated such straight-forward assignments of blame: severe accidents in
    American designed reactors, in a high-tech nation that adheres to democratic, free market principles could not be explained away as easily.

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  • Dean's Seminar: Traditional 19th Century Exploration Meets 21st Century Biodiversity Science

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135

    • Everyone


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