Creating a Market for Nuclear Waste Disposal

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SPEAKER:
Sophie McCallem
DATE/TIME:
MON, 09/16/2019 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM
LOCATION:
3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL
Fall 2019 Colloquium Series
Abstract:

Disposing of nuclear waste is currently owned and managed by governments and state-run utilities around the world, yet nuclear-spent fuel has yet to be disposed of.  This waste currently sits in pools and dry casks above ground waiting for an operational repository.  As a private, small-business startup, Deep Isolation has created a new approach to disposing of radioactive waste. Our approach not only leverages proven technology applied in a new way but establishes a market through a public-private partnership with governments looking for permanent solutions to dispose of waste.

This presentation will describe the innovative application of directional drilling to create horizontal drillholes deep underground just large enough to store or dispose of fuel assemblies encased in highly corrosion-resistant canisters. Furthermore, it will address the benefits from having private companies enter the nuclear waste industry as well as the challenges Deep Isolation faced and overcame to bring this much-needed solution in a highly-regulated and at times, stagnant environment.

About the Speaker:
Sophie McCallum, Cheif of Staff at Deep Isolation
Sustainability enthusiast experienced in launching companies from the ground up. An executive passionate about startups, McCallum’s expertise lies in growing and scaling companies, fostering collaboration, and implementing systems and work methods to increase company efficiencies. She has worked in the banking, healthcare and technology industries including BNP Paribas.

Superheavy Elements: Berkeley’s role in creating the periodic table

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SPEAKER:
KIT CHAPMAN
DATE/TIME:
MON, 09/09/2019 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM
LOCATION:
3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL
Fall 2019 Colloquium Series
Abstract:

The thrilling history of creating elements past uranium - from the first steps during the Manhattan Project to the modern experiments rewriting our understanding of the chemical world. From flying planes into mushroom clouds to some of the most powerful research machines in the world, this will reshape everything you think you know about scientific discovery.

About the Speaker:

Kit Chapman is an award-winning science journalist based in the UK. Previously an editor at Chemistry WorldKit has written for NatureNew Scientist and BBC Science Focus among others. His first book, Superheavy, was published in August 2019.