“The Continuing Risk of Nuclear War and How Physicists, Acting as Citizen-Scientists, Can Help Reduce It”

The Cold War ended 30 years ago, but the risks posed by nuclear weapons have grown, not receded. In response, the American Physical Society has supported the formation of a Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction, of which Frank von Hippel, professor of science and global security at Princeton, is a founding member. Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Physics will host von Hippel for a talk titled “The Continuing Risk of Nuclear War and How Physicists, Acting as Citizen-Scientists, Can Help Reduce It.” This event is part of a national series organized by the coalition.

von Hippel is an activist and policy expert in nuclear arms control. He has worked on nuclear reactor safety policy, contributed to negotiations that led to significant reductions in the nuclear arsenals of the Soviet Union and the United States in the 1980s, and is a cofounder of the Princeton Program on Science and Global Security where he was on the faculty. Among his awards, he is a recipient of the Leo Szilard Prize of the American Physical Society and the MacArthur fellowship.

The talk will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The event is free and open to faculty, students, staff, alumni and the public. The talk should be of interest to those who want to learn more about science and technology policy, international relations and arms control.

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