Feb 05, 2013

Physics Professor Speaks About Green Energy Alternatives

Advanced Nuclear Electricity Generating Designs for United States Energy Usage

Right: Jim Watson, physics professor at Columbia State, will deliver a lecture on Nuclear Power on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. in room 146 in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

On behalf of the Lyceum Committee at Columbia State Community College, Jim Watson, a physics professor at Columbia State and long-time researcher in energy and applied physics applications, will provide a one-hour lecture on the various aspects of electricity production through the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. in room 146 in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia campus.

Watson will elaborate on why nuclear power should be considered a good "green energy" choice and how it can reduce significant pollutants caused by the burning of fossil fuels, and why it can provide a greater degree of independence of our country on foreign oil. He will also discuss the uranium cycle -- from processing of uranium ore recovered from the ground through the burning of uranium in a reactor and finally disposal as waste.

"The principal objective of my lecture is to make my audience aware of the dramatic global resurgence in the use of nuclear power taking place in the world today and the issues that are driving that change," said Watson. "The potential economic opportunity and potentially critical climatic contribution of United States technology and industrial capacity to a viable global future are also inferred."

For more information about this lecture, contact the Science and Math Division at (931) 540-2710 or visit www.columbiastate.edu/science-and-mathematics-division.

For more information on upcoming Lyceum Events, visit www.columbiastate.edu/lyceum.

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