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An Environmentalist on Nuclear Power

Tom Stone, nuclear physicist, advocates for nuclear energy
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - McCormick Lecture Hall

Tom Stone, who holds a PhD in physics from the University of Maine, will be giving a talk at College of the Atlantic titled, "An Environmentalist Advocates for Nuclear Power." The talk will be on Tuesday, May 24 at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall for the college's Human Ecology Forum.

Writes Stone, "In the wake of events occurring in Japan and Libya, many in the United States are calling for cheap and secure energy, but not in the form of nuclear power. Unfortunately, the even bigger issue of climate change has seemed to fade entirely from the current energy discourse."

Stone will quantitatively argue that nuclear power should be the primary - though not only - energy source in a sustainable energy policy that addresses both climate change and dependence on foreign oil. He will provide a brief introduction to the operation of nuclear reactors, discuss the most common questions concerning safety, waste disposal, and proliferation, and end with a comparison of nuclear power to other potential sources of power.  

Raised in Newport, Maine, Stone graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis before serving as an officer on a nuclear submarine. He spent four years aboard the USS Annapolis and the USS Pittsburgh. Currently, Stone is teaching at Husson University, where one of his courses is The Mathematics and Physics of Sustainable Energy.

Stone's PhD was focused on how the spread of processes, such as epidemics, is influenced by different network topologies, outbreak control strategies and phase transitions within these systems.

For more information about Stone's talk on nuclear energy contact John Visvader at jvisvader@coa.edu or 207-288-5015. Free.


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