Academic institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin serve an essential role in furthering scientific research that can help drive the commercialization of transformative products and services, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during a visit to Austin on Thursday. For more, watch a video of the live streamed event, read the university’s press release, and coverage from the Austin Business Journal and the Austin American-Statesman.
On February 4, the Energy Institute hosted a screening of “Pandora’s Promise,” a controversial documentary that examines the conversion of several environmentalists and energy experts from fiercely anti- to strongly pro-nuclear power. Following the screening, Dr. Fred Beach, Assistant Director for Policy Studies at the Energy Institute, moderated a panel discussion.
Panel participants included Karen Hadden, Executive Director of the Austin-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition (SEED) and Dr. Dale Klein, former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who now serves as Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Texas at Austin. After brief opening statements, the two engaged in a robust discussion of the film and numerous issues related to perceived risks and benefits associated with nuclear power. Dr. Beach concluded the discussion by fielding several questions from an audience of about 175 people.
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