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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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  • College of Arts and Sciences Raft Debate: A Disciplinary Battle to Save Humanity

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    4:30 PM-6:30 PM

    Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Alumni
    • Current Students
    • Faculty
    • Prospective Students
    • Public
    • Staff
    • Parents & Families

     

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  • Dean's Seminar: Statistical Modeling with Application to Neuroimaging

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Alumni
    • International Students
    • LGBTQA
    • Current Students
    • Faculty
    • Prospective Students
    • Public
    • Staff
    • Graduate Students
    • Senior Class
    • Parents & Families

     

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  • Dean's Seminar: Telling Environmental Justice Stories with Air Monitoring Data

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

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

    • Alumni
    • International Students
    • LGBTQA
    • Current Students
    • Faculty
    • Prospective Students
    • Public
    • Staff
    • Graduate Students
    • Senior Class
    • Parents & Families

     

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