Conversations in Science Series
A program conceived and organized by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the collaboration of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Edgewood Sonderegger Science Center.

Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sonderegger Science Center (Parking Info attached) 1000 Edgewood College Drive Madison, Wisconsin

Michael Corradini
Department of Engineering Physics
"A Realistic Solution to Energy Security and Global Warming"

The Conversations in Science series brings together UW-Madison science researchers and Dane County science teachers. Designed to stimulate discussion between scientists and science educators at all levels, these conversations connect high-, middle-, and elementary school classrooms with the University's cutting-edge research. Questions and ideas are freely exchanged between expert and an audience of K-12 educators.


Nuclear power is important to Americans for jobs, a high standard of living, energy security and clean air. Because it emits no pollutants to the atmosphere, it is estimated to save thousands of lives every year in the United States alone; it could save tens of thousands more. It may be crucial for preventing catastrophic consequences of global warming and for preventing wars over the world's supply of petroleum. The majority of Americans support nuclear power, but a vocal minority has opposed it. That minority includes people who are sincere and well-meaning; people who do not understand it; environmental groups, some of which use opposition to it as a fund-raising tool; and groups that oppose many or all types of advanced technology and large industry in general.


Michael L. Corradini is Chair of Engineering Physics and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served from 1995 to 2001 as Associate Dean for the College of Engineering. In 1998, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was also served as a presidential appointee in 2002 and 2003 as the chairman of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (a separate government agency). In 2004, he was appointed as a board member of the INPO National Accreditation Board for Nuclear Training and the National Council on Radiation Protection. Most recently, he was appointed to the Scientific advisory board to the French Civilian Atomic Energy Agency. In 2006, he was appointed to the USNRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards.


1. Nuclear Power: Villain or Victim? Max W. Carbon, 2nd ed. ISBN 978-0-9658096-0-3,

2. Science, Nuclear Power Plants and Their Fuel as Terrorist Targets, Vol 297, Sept 20, 2002,

3. Physics Today, Basic Choices and Constraints on Long-Term Energy Supplies, Paul B. Weisz,

4. Nature, Nuclear Power's New Dawn, Vol. 429, May7 20, 2004,

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