College of Engineering
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Science and Engineering
Research Facility (SERF)
"Us Versus Them"
Too often, the technical community shies away from outreach to the public regarding the benefits of nuclear power. In this presentation, Gwyneth Cravens talks about how more effective communication concerning current and future sources of power production and their risks and benefits can make a difference on the grassroots level as well as in the national dialogue about the choices we make regarding the future of energy and the environment.
Gwyneth Cravens, writer and environmentalist, is the author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy. In the book, Cravens documents her eight-year journey through the nuclear world, her encounters with scientists from many different disciplines, and her shift from skeptic to supporter of nuclear power as the safest, greenest, and most efficient technology for large-scale mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Cravens has contributed articles on science and other topics to The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's, The Washington Post, Discover, Huffington Post, The Brookings Institution Review, and other publications. She worked as an editor at The New Yorker and as an associate editor at Harper's, and for several years wrote a literary column for The Nation. She has also published five novels. She grew up in New Mexico and now lives on eastern Long Island.