American Museum of Science & Energy http://amse.org Where Science & History Come Alive Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:58:37 -0400 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Former astronaut to speak during eclipse activities at AMSE Saturday, August 19 http://amse.org/former-astronaut-to-speak-during-eclipse-activities-at-amse-saturday-august-19/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:19:45 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=3075 Former astronaut Roger CrouchOAK RIDGE, Tenn. — In preparation for the total solar eclipse that’s occurring on Aug. 21, AMSE will host a variety of related activities on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hands-on “Explore Science: Earth & Space” activities will allow visitors to explore the eclipse phenomenon. The activities were developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) and used in over 250 museums during the spring and summer of 2017.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) also will be on site selling Total Eclipse of the Sun postage stamps and marking stamped envelopes with a one-day-only “Secret City Total Solar Eclipse” cancellation bearing the image of an atom. The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon. The image reverts to the black disc once it cools. The back of the stamp pane shows a map of the eclipse path.

At 1 p.m., former astronaut Roger Crouch will share stories and answer questions regarding his experience as a payload specialist aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission in 1997. Crouch is originally from Jamestown, Tenn.

Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available in the AMSE gift shop, while supplies last.

In cooperation with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park a “moon rock” lunar sample from the 1972 Apollo 15 mission will be on display in AMSE’s lobby from Aug. 12 – 29.

Finally, on the day of the eclipse – Monday, Aug. 21 – the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will host a viewing at AMSE beginning at 11 a.m. The eclipse will begin around 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., with totality occurring around 2:30 p.m.

All activities are included with admission into the museum. Adults, $5; seniors age 65+, $4; Children ages 6-17, $3; children 5 and younger, free.

Information about AMSE
The U.S. Department of Energy’s American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge and is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. AMSE tells the story of the World War II Manhattan Project that created the Secret City of Oak Ridge and the science that followed. AMSE features interactive exhibits on science, fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources, and visitors participate in live demonstrations. For more information on AMSE admission, exhibits, programs and classes, go to www.amse.org. To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at 865-576-3200.

UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of ORNL, operates AMSE on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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2017 Secret City Festival Events @ AMSE http://amse.org/2017-secret-city-festival-events-amse/ Wed, 31 May 2017 14:12:33 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=3057

 

Special Activities @ AMSE

Dollar Days – AMSE admission will be $1 per person (June 2 – 3) all ages.

Cold War Weapons – Friday, June 2 @ 3:00 p.m. presented by Alex Gabbard in the AMSE auditorium

Special Exhibits @ AMSE

Oak Ridge: World War II Secret City,  AMSE’s flagship exhibition highlighting the building of the city, the construction of the three plants to enrich uranium for the first atomic weapon, and the lifestyle of the people from 1942 – 1945 featuring photographs, artifacts, models, and audiovisuals.

AMSE’s 1940’s Flattop House with original furnishings is an outdoor exhibition available to tour during regular museum hours.

Bus Tours

DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour—AMSE Admission Includes Tour for Bus Registrants (Must be 10 or older, a US Citizen, and have picture ID.  Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 11:30 am

Tour to the ORNL Graphite Reactor
(Must be 10 or older, US Citizenship, Picture ID required. Registration begins at 8 am on Friday & 9 am on Saturday at AMSE. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 9 am, 3:30 pm, Saturday 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. /Board Bus at AMSE

Y-12 History Center Tour
Friday 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. /Board shuttle at AMSE to tour Y-12’s History Center.

Bus Tour Breakdown

June 2
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(continuously)
Y-12 History Center Shuttle 1 hr
9 am  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
11:30 am DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour 3 hrs
3:30 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
June 3
10 am  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
12 (noon)  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
2 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
4 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
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Go See the Eclipse by Chap Percival http://amse.org/go-see-the-eclipse-by-chap-percival/ Wed, 10 May 2017 18:38:23 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=3050 The 20th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series opens on Thursday, May 18, featuring Mr. Chap Percival, a science educator from Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Percival will talk about the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21. The title of his presentation is Go See the Eclipse. This event is co-sponsored by The Oak Ridge Isochronous Observation Network (ORION), the National Park Sevice (NPS), and Friends of ORNL (FORNL). The event is free of charge and will be held at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A reception will be held in the museum lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. (snacks will be served), and the lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. in the museum auditorium. This talk should be of interest to students and the general public.

Chap Percival is a lifelong educator. He lives in Sarasota, Florida. He has a BA in mathematics and physics from Taylor University, an MAT in planetarium education from Michigan State University, and an MEd in instructional technology from the University of Virginia.

Chap has been involved in astronomy education since 1969 as a classroom teacher, club sponsor, and planetarium director. He has published articles for local newspapers and has been interviewed on radio. He has volunteered with the National Park Service as a sky interpreter. He also gave an astronomy talk at the Grand Canyon Star Party and has led groups to view five different total solar eclipses.

Chap began teaching astronomy at Pine View School in Osprey, Florida, one of the top high schools in the nation, in 1995. He has a passion for sharing his knowledge of things in the sky that amaze, astound, and awe him. He wants everyone to view the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse and view it safely and knowledgeably.

Chap’s presentation will cover several aspects of the eclipse. He will start with a brief review of what an eclipse is and will describe what is so special about this eclipse. He will give valuable advice on how to safely view the eclipse, and logistics to get the most out of the eclipse. Finally, he will talk about the weather factor and what might interfere with getting a good view of the eclipse.

The co-sponsoring organizations also have activities planned to make viewing the eclipse more enjoyable. David Fields, President of ORION and Director of the Tamke-Allen Observatory at Roane-State will describe their capabilities. Ranger Robbie Meyer of the National Park Service will describe to the audience the NPS’ plans for viewing the eclipse in the Obed Wild and Scenic River, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

CONTACT:
BOB HIGHTOWER,
FRIENDS OF ORNL
865-482-3348, 865-257-1506
hightowerjr@comcast.net

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2017 DOE Public Bus Tour http://amse.org/2017-doe-public-bus-tour/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:32:15 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2983

The guided bus tour includes highlights of the history of Oak Ridge and the history of science and technology at the three U.S. Department of Energy/Oak Ridge facilities.
Dates:
  • March – Every Monday and Friday
  • April & May – Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    (except Friday, April 14 & Monday, May 29)
  • June, July, & August – Monday through Friday
    (except Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4)
  • September & October – Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    (except Monday, September 4)
  • November – Every Monday & Friday
    (except Friday, Nov 24)
Tour Registration: Begins at 9:00 a.m. in-person on the day of your tour, or you can register online below. (Directions to AMSE)
Online Registration (future months become available approximately 30 days prior to the 1st of the month):
Participants:
  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • 10 years of age or older
  • Must have photo identification (18 or older)
  • Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Some restrictions apply
    This tour is accessible for slow walker or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 48 hours of notice. The Graphite Reactor portion of the tour is accessible for wheelchairs or walkers but requires participants to traverse a 350-foot path with a 4.8% slope to get from the tour bus to the reactor.
 Cost: AMSE admission includes Bus Tour (upon registration): Adults $5, Seniors(65+) $4, Students (10 –  17) $3
Bus Tour Time: Bus boards at 11:15 a.m., leaves promptly at 11:30 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Guide commentary provided throughout tour.
Bus Tour Itinerary
  • Y-12 New Hope Visitor Center (bus stop): The visitor facility houses the spacious History Center featuring displays about the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, and other Y-12 missions.
  • Bethel Valley Church (bus stop):  New Bethel Baptist Church and Cemetery, founded in 1851, was officially closed by former church members as a house of worship in 1949 following the area’s Manhattan Project incorporation into the Oak Ridge Reservation. The cemetery features covered grave houses that are unique to the region. The church is still used for special events and homecoming celebrations.
  • Graphite Reactor at ORNL (bus stop): A national historic landmark, the Graphite Reactor located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory served as the pilot project that led to the first production of plutonium.  Visitors will view the world’s oldest nuclear reactor.
  • Spallation Neutron Source (drive by): The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is an accelerator-based neutron source facility that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world of scientific research and industrial development.
  • East Tennessee Technology Park: Heritage Center, formerly K-25 (drive by): Tour visitors learn about the gaseous diffusion process that enriched uranium (later sent to Y-12 for further enrichment) to power the first atomic bomb.
The tour program is sponsored by the DOE, ORNL, Y-12, ETTP, and AMSE. For more information, please call Glenda Bingham, AMSE, at (865) 576-3200.

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2017 East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest http://amse.org/2017-east-tennessee-regional-model-bridge-building-contest/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:07:52 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2892

Objective: To build a model bridge, according to prescribed size and weight specifications, that is capable of supporting the greatest load per unit of mass.
Location: American Museum of Science & Energy
300 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
AMSE Contact – Corwin Witt (865-241-2148) cwitt@amse.org Fax (865) 576-6024
Eligibility: Students in grades 7-12
Schedule March 1, 2017
March 4, 2017
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Send pre-registration forms to AMSE
Contest Date
Registration
Testing begins when a bridge is qualified.
Award presentation at the completion of all bridge testing.
Construction: In accordance with the Model Bridge Building Specifications (pdf)

Sponsors: American Museum of Science & Energy, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, AMSE Foundation
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded in each division for first, second, and third place for the bridges with the highest structural efficiency (E= maximum load/model mass)
Senior High Division (grades 9*-12)
1st place – Trophy & $150.00 to student & $150 to school
2nd place – Trophy & $100.00 to student & $100 to school
3rd place – Trophy & $50.00 to student & $50 to schoolJunior High Division (grades 7-9*)
1st Place – Trophy
2nd Place – Trophy
3rd Place – Trophy

Most Aesthetic Bridge will receive a trophy & $100.00**

 Bridge Contest Rules:

  1. The contest is open to high school and junior high school students grades 7-12.
  2. Bridges must meet all specifications of the Model Bridge Building Contest. Those bridges not meeting specifications may be tested, but results will not count.
  3. **A bridge must also meet specifications to qualify for the Aesthetics award. Bridges in the Aesthetic category should be registered and qualified for testing before the 10:00 a.m. Aesthetic competition. Bridges for the Aesthetics award will be selected by the judges during the registration and checking of the bridges.
  4. Bridges may be entered in person on the day of the contest. All bridges must be entered between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. EST.
  5. Models will be tested in the museum auditorium on the contest day. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.
  6. Judges will be provided by the contest sponsors. All decisions of the judges will be final.
  7. Please check with website periodically for any corrections to rules and regulations and frequently asked questions. www.amse.org
  8. *Ninth grade students may compete in either division; however, cash prizes are awarded only in the senior high division.
  9. Any modification to the contest bridge must be done by the actual bridge builder.

 

 


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Overview of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility http://amse.org/overview-of-the-institute-for-advanced-composites-manufacturing-innovation-and-ornls-manufacturing-demonstration-facility/ Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:24:35 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2883 The 19th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series continues on Thursday, October 20, featuring Dr. Craig Blue, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation speaking on Overview of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and ORNL’s
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. This event is sponsored by Friends of ORNL (FORNL). The event is free of charge and will be held at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A reception will be held in the museum lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. (snacks will be served), and the lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. in the museum auditorium. This talk should be of interest to the general public.

Dr. Craig Blue is the Chief Executive Officer for The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a $250M+ innovation institute within the Manufacturing USA network. As an advanced Manufacturing executive leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Blue’s vision came to fruition with the creation of the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, part of a $42M portfolio of research sponsored by the DOE. Since opening in 2011, over 11,000 visitors representing nearly 2,000 different organizations have toured or participated in innovative research at the MDF. Dr. Blue is a Distinguished Research Scientist with nearly 100 open literature publications, 15 patents, 10 R&D Awards and has been honored by selection as ORNL Distinguished Engineer in 2003 and as a Fellow of the ASM International in 2009. He is credited with revitalizing and building ORNL’s materials processing activities to national prominence.

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) is the newest federally funded institute for manufacturing innovation. Its focus is on advancing innovation in the manufacturing of composites used in automobiles, wind turbines and compressed gas storage tanks.

IACMI has three composites application centers directed to specific industrial applications. These centers are located in Michigan (automotive), Colorado (wind), and Ohio (compressed gas storage), with enabling technology centers in Indiana (modeling and simulation) and Tennessee (composite materials and process technology).

These states, along with Kentucky, are the six core partner states of IACMI, which also involves a 122-member consortium that includes industry leaders, universities and national laboratories such as fellow founding partner Oak Ridge National Laboratory who brings its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and many other capabilities to the partnership.
In addition to $189 million in funding from those partners, $70 million came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

In terms of economic impact, IACMI’s analysis has shown that the market for composite materials will nearly double globally by 2020. Making sure that workers, employers and suppliers in the U.S. are able to stay ahead of the curve on the process is seen as crucial by industrial, academic and political leaders across the spectrum. Through these Public-Private-Partnerships the institute is “Driving the Innovation Engine in the South East.”

FORNL is an organization formed to facilitate and maintain a beneficial association of those who have an interest in ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). FORNL provides a mechanism for members to keep in touch with co-workers, retirees, and current ORNL activities by providing the community at large with presentations and events. More information can be found on the FORNL website is http://www.fornl.info.

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2015 winning Nikon Small World photomicrographs on exhibit at AMSE http://amse.org/2015-winning-nikon-small-world-competition-on-exhibit-at-amse/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:34:28 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2784 2016Nikon

On June 17, The American Museum of Science & Energy will open Nikon Small World, a traveling exhibit showcasing 20 award winning photomicrographs from the 41st annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Nikon Small World will be on display through September 11.

This year’s winner, taken by Australian Ralph Grimm, brings the world eye-to-eye with a honey bee. His incredible close-up image of a bee eye covered in dandelion pollen grains is not only visually striking, but brings to light just how little is understood about how these incredible insects see the world.

In addition to Grimm, Nikon recognized over 77 other winners of the 2015 Small World competition, including a ranked Top Twenty, 12 Honorable Mentions and 56 Images of Distinction. With submissions spanning 83 countries, competition was tough. Judges selected winners that displayed not only artistic quality but exceptional scientific technique.

“Each year we are blown away by the incredible quality and quantity of microscopic images submitted from all over the world, from scientists, artists, and photomicrographers of all levels and backgrounds. This year was certainly no exception,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “Judges had their work cut out for them in narrowing down from such a rich pool of applicants, and we are so pleased with the results. Each of these winning images exhibits the exemplary technique, scientific discipline and artistry for which Nikon Small World is known.”

Judges were particularly impressed by the masterful technique Grimm employed to capture this image stack, which included over four hours of careful work to mount the eye, set the focus increments, properly illuminate the subject and avoid peripheral smudging during the stacking process. The resulting image is a testament to Grimm’s painstaking efforts.

The story behind the image is also touching. As a high school teacher, self-taught photomicrographer and former beekeeper, the subject matter is near and dear to Grimm’s heart. While bee colonies continue to dwindle worldwide, Grimm hopes his image can serve as a voice for this rapidly disappearing insect that plays such a critical function in pollinating the world’s crops.

“In a way I feel as though this gives us a glimpse of the world through the eye of a bee,” says Grimm. “It’s a subject of great sculptural beauty, but also a warning- that we should stay connected to our planet, listen to the little creatures like bees, and find a way to protect the earth that we all call home.”

Ralph Grimm now joins the ranks of 37 other photomicrographers, artists and scientists from all over the world who have taken the top prize. This year’s competition received over 2,000 entries from more than 83 countries around the world.

Top Five Images:
1. Ralph Claus Grimm, Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen
2. Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang & Justin Sonnenburg, Mouse colon colonized with human microbiota
3. Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant
4. Daniel H. Miller & Ethan S. Sokol, Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid
5. Dr. Giorgio Seano & Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, Live imaging of perfused vasculature in a mouse brain with glioblastoma

Top images from the 2015 Nikon Small World Competition will be exhibited in a full-color calendar and through a national museum tour. For additional information, please visit www.nikonsmallworld.com, or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @NikonSmallWorld.

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2016 Secret City Festival Events @ AMSE http://amse.org/2016-secret-city-festival-events-amse/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:05:32 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2775 scf-16
Friday, June 10  and Saturday, June 11, 2016

 

For more information on the Secret City Festival, visit http://www.secretcityfestival.com .

Special Activities @ AMSE

Dollar Days – AMSE admission will be $1 per person (June 10 – 11) all ages.

Secret City Cruise-In (Saturday, June 11 only) sponsored by the Clinton Region AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) with Public Viewing of cars and motorcycles from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in the American Museum of Science and Energy lower parking lot and grounds.

Special Exhibits @ AMSE

Oak Ridge: World War II Secret City,  AMSE’s flagship exhibition highlighting the building of the city, the construction of the three plants to enrich uranium for the first atomic weapon, and the lifestyle of the people from 1942 – 1945 featuring photographs, artifacts, models, and audiovisuals.

AMSE’s 1940’s Flattop House with original furnishings is an outdoor exhibition available to tour during regular museum hours.

Bus Tours

DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour—AMSE Admission Includes Tour for Bus Registrants (Must be 10 or older, a US Citizen, and have picture ID.  Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 11:30 am

Tour to the ORNL Graphite Reactor
(Must be 10 or older, US Citizenship, Picture ID required. Registration begins at 8 am on Friday & 9 am on Saturday at AMSE. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 9 am, 3:30 pm, Saturday 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. /Board Bus at AMSE

Y-12 History Center Tour
Friday 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. /Board shuttle at AMSE to tour Y-12’s History Center.

Bus Tour Breakdown

June 10
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(continuously)
Y-12 History Center Shuttle 1 hr
9 am  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
11:30 am DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour 3 hrs
3:30 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
June 11
10 am  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
12 (noon)  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
2 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
4 pm  ORNL’s Graphite Reactor Tour 1.5 hrs
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Man’s Quest for Fusion and the Role of ITER http://amse.org/mans-quest-for-fusion-and-the-role-of-iter/ Wed, 18 May 2016 16:24:19 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2766 Mark HendersonOn Friday, May 20 at 6 pm, the American Museum of Science and Energy will host Man’s Quest for Fusion and the Role of ITER by Mark Henderson, member of the Technical Staff, ITER Organization, St. Paul-les-Durrance, France.

Henderson will provide a first-hand account of the wide scope of technologies involved in operation of the ITER tokamak, as well as the current status of design, development and construction of the experimental fusion facility. ITER is the only fusion device in the world that is presently being designed to achieve a burning plasma of hydrogen isotopes.

Mark Henderson acquired a PhD in Plasma Physics in 1991 with his thesis on the design, construction and initial operation of the Compact Auburn Torsatron. He performed a Post Doctorate at the Center for Research in Plasma Physics (CRPP) in Lausanne, Switzerland participating in the design, construction and operation of the microwave heating system on the variable configuration tokamak (TCV) at the Swiss Plasma Center. Mark became a permanent scientist at TCV working on the microwave system and associated experiments. In 2004, he proposed an alternative design for the ITER microwave launching antenna, which was accepted. In 2008, he left CRPP for ITER to be in charge of the development of microwave heating system

Information about AMSE
The U.S. Department of Energy’s American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge and is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. AMSE tells the story of the World War II Manhattan Project that created the Secret City of Oak Ridge and the science that followed. AMSE features interactive exhibits on science, fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources, and visitors participate in live demonstrations. For more information on AMSE admission, membership, exhibits, programs and classes, go to www.amse.org. To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at 865-576-3200.

UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of ORNL, operates AMSE on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters from the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima. http://amse.org/atomic-accidents-a-history-of-nuclear-meltdowns-and-disasters-from-the-ozark-mountains-to-fukushima/ Mon, 16 May 2016 15:01:36 +0000 http://amse.org/?p=2763 Dr James MahaffeyThe 19th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series continues on Thursday, May 26, featuring Dr. James Mahaffey, speaking on Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters from the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima. This event is sponsored by Friends of ORNL (FORNL). The event is free of charge and will be held at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A reception will be held in the museum lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. (snacks will be served), and the lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. in the museum auditorium. This talk should be of interest to the general public.

Jim Mahaffey, formerly of the Georgia Institute of Technology and later Head of Advanced Research at Nanoventions Inc. in Roswell, Georgia, has written two popular books about nuclear power. The first one, Atomic Awakening, is a history of nuclear power, and of course it includes the Clinton Works at Oak Ridge as part of the story. The second book, Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters from the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima, the subject of the lecture, describes the interesting things that can go wrong with nuclear power, and it too includes some Oak Ridge stories.

In general, human beings seem to have an irrational fear of everything having to do with nuclear power generation. In this presentation, a review of his book Atomic Accidents, Jim Mahaffey explores the causes and the reasons for these almost universal feelings, starting before the discovery of radiation, proceeding through the early 20th century period of exciting discovery, and starting a long down-turn with the development of the atomic bomb, the cold war, and the era of big commercial power reactors. It’s more optimistic than it may sound. There is still a need for nuclear power, it is a remarkably safe way to push electrons though wires, but caution and vigilance are appropriate.

FORNL is an organization formed to facilitate and maintain a beneficial association of those who have an interest in ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). FORNL provides a mechanism for members to keep in touch with co-workers, retirees, and current ORNL activities by providing the community at large with presentations and events. More information can be found on the FORNL website is http://www.fornl.info.

CONTACT:
BOB HIGHTOWER,
FRIENDS OF ORNL
hightowerjr@comcast.net

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