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MEDIA ADVISORY–Nuclear technology expert to speak at Vanderbilt

Apr. 23, 2003, 5:14 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Theodore (Ted) Rockwell, internationally renowned expert in nuclear engineering, will speak on “Nuclear Technology: Facts and Myths about Radioactivity” in a free public lecture at Vanderbilt University April 23. A media availability will precede the address.

Rockwell was one of the authors of a Science magazine article, “Nuclear Power Plants and their Fuel as Terrorist Targets,” published last September. He will discuss a variety of issues related to nuclear technology, including: the toxicity and danger of nuclear wastes; the risks in transporting nuclear wastes; lessons from the past, such as Chernobyl; naturally occurring radiation, and nuclear power plants as terrorist targets.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Rockwell was technical director of Admiral Hyman Rickover’s program to develop criteria, procedures and facilities for safe operation of nuclear-powered naval vessels as well as the world’s first commercial atomic power station.

WHAT:“Nuclear Technology: Facts and Myths about Radioactivity” lecture and media availability with Theodore (Ted) Rockwell, internationally renowned expert in nuclear engineering.

WHEN:The lecture is 4-5 p.m. April 23. The media availability is 3-4 p.m. April 23.

WHERE:The lecture is in the main auditorium, first floor, Featheringill Auditorium. The media availability is in the Dean’s Conference, Room 349 Featheringill Hall. Media questions will also be taken during the lecture. Featheringill Hall is located on Vanderbilt University Campus behind the Free Electron Laser Building. For map: Media contact: David Salisbury, 615-343-6803,