The Physics Department presents the annual Science Symposium entitled “Nuclear Energy: Realizing the Promise.” The symposium will be held March 26-27, 2014 in the Meyer Science Center on the campus of Wheaton College.
Global energy consumption is expected to increase in the 21st century due to increasing population and demand from industrialized and developing countries. Yet, most of the world’s energy is derived from fossil fuels which are non-renewable and contribute to global warming. Nuclear energy, like other energy sources, has a number of advantages and disadvantages but will likely be a part of the overall energy solution. Current research is addressing issues such as nuclear safety and radioactive waste and advanced reactor designs may offer significant promise for dealing with these concerns. In this year’s symposium, nuclear engineering experts will examine the future of nuclear energy and explore what might be done to bring innovative nuclear technologies from promise to reality.
For more information, go to the symposium website.
The Wheaton College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received national recognition, and has been named a "Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2012-2013." Based on the chapter report over 2012-13, which the Wheaton SPS submitted in May 2013, the national SPS organization was amazed by the amount of activity and the student leadership. They also commended the Wheaton SPS for its involvement in the local community, outreach to local schools, the participation of its members in national scientific conferences and the active Sigma Pi Sigma chapter.
The Wheaton Chapter of SPS is a student-led group which has as goals to foster community for physics students, to advance the knowledge of physics and the connection with the Christian faith among its members, to share the love of physics with others through demonstration shows at local schools, and to introduce students to the professional community. Membership is open for any Wheaton student with an interest in physics. Currently there are about 20 active members in the Wheaton SPS.