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Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research

Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research Reaches Around the World in 2014

November 19, 2014
The coast of Antarctica. The Canadian Arctic. Delhi, India. The Congo. There's little that these places, oceans apart, seem to have in common, except for this: ... Read More »
Jonathan Seitz, PhD

Newt Eyes and Dragon Scales: A Halloween Q+A on the History of Witchcraft

October 28, 2014
As Oct. 31 approaches, among the seasonal décor that starts cropping up we often see images of witches with pointy hats, black capes and broomsticks deco... Read More »
Lee Gutkind

How to Write True Stories about Science and Society: The 'Godfather of Creative Nonfiction' Joins Drexel for Workshop

October 24, 2014
Have you ever written a report or scholarly paper and struggled with how to share your findings outside of your academic field? Or have you had to translate oth... Read More »

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  • Inherently Risky Reactors? The History of Soviet Reactor Design Choices and the Notion of Safety

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) Room 120 33rd and Chestnut Streets (NE Corner)

    • Everyone

    After the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986, many asked the question why Soviet nuclear experts chose the RBMK (the “Chernobyl-type reactor”) as a standard design for implementation all over the Soviet Union. Implicit in this question were assumptions about the RBMK’s inherent risks: why would anyone select a technically flawed reactor, and let insufficiently trained technicians operate it? Often, the Soviet system with its tightly integrated economic plans and political program has been blamed, again implying that “this could never happen here” (wherever the “here” might be). The Fukushima accident has complicated such straight-forward assignments of blame: severe accidents in
    American designed reactors, in a high-tech nation that adheres to democratic, free market principles could not be explained away as easily.

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  • Dean's Seminar: Traditional 19th Century Exploration Meets 21st Century Biodiversity Science

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135

    • Everyone


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