Finding Perspective on Nuclear Concerns

This was the cover story in my local paper, part of the flurry of media attention about my work after the Fukushima disaster.  I had very mixed emotions about gaining such local notoriety (something any scholar enjoys, especially when kids see their dad on the front page of the paper!), when the real hardship and tragedy is taking place thousands of miles from the comfort of my home.  Here’s the story:

“A lot of the history of nuclear power is the conflict of expertise,” said Oregon State University history of science professor Jacob Hamblin. As the world watches the events unfolding at Japan’s nuclear power plants affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Hamblin recalled that nuclear power always has drawn controversy as well as a variety of scientific viewpoints. (read more from the Corvallis Gazette-Times)

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