Science Café to Present “Radiation Basic through Spent Nuclear Fuel”

This month the Science Café of Olympia takes on the topic of “Radiation Basic through Spent Nuclear Fuel.”

When: 7:00 pm, Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Where: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee House, 516 Capitol Way S. Olympia, WA, phone (360) 786-6717.

Batdorf & Bronson has three locations in Olympia. Science Café meets at the downtown coffee house on Capitol Way.

On-street parking is available on Legion, Capitol Way, Columbia Street, and Water Street. After 6 p.m., parking is available at Heritage Bank on Columbia Street between 5th and Legion.

Against the backdrop of global climate change, nuclear power has come back into the public consciousness. While there are many aspects to this discussion, the single most challenging issue, both politically and technically, is spent nuclear fuel. Using spent nuclear fuel as a context, we will discuss radiation and radioactive material, and their effects on people and the environment.

Our presenter this month is Mike Brennan. He has been a Radiation Health Physicist for the State of Washington Department of Health for 19 years. He is a retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander, having served in the submarine community for 20 years. He has a degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Washington.

Coming in June: “The Science of Brewing Beer” by Adam Orrick, Brewmaster, Grove Street Brewhouse.

We welcome comments and suggestions on topics, speakers, and how we can improve our meetings. Also, please feel free to pass this notice on to like-minded friends.

Science Café of Olympia provides an informal atmosphere where people both with and without scientific background can meet to gain a better understanding of interesting topics in science and technology. After a brief presentation by an expert in the field, the meeting will be opened to discussions. Science Cafés are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.-based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science. The website is produced by the Science Unit of WGBH in Boston in association with Sigma Xi. Support for Science Café of Olympia is provided in part by the Puget Sound Chapter of The American Chemical Society.

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We thank Batdorf & Bronson and its staff for welcoming us to their delightful gathering spot.

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