Nuclear power ‘energizes’ series

November 17, 2013 8:58 pmViews: 16
Charles Figura, Keep on Learning lecturer and Wartburg professor of physics, teaches an audience about nuclear energy on Nov. 14 in the Saemann Student Center. — Daniel Haack/TRUMPET

Charles Figura, Keep on Learning lecturer and Wartburg professor of physics, teaches an audience about nuclear energy on Nov. 14 in the Saemann Student Center. — Daniel Haack/TRUMPET

The Keep on Learning series is giving the Waverly community an opportunity to learn more about the topic of nuclear energy by having classes in the Saemann Student Center.

Charles Figura, professor of physics and the academic adviser for the Physics Club, is teaching classes about nuclear energy.

The classes are intended for community members to learn more about nuclear power, Figura said.

“I find that once people go to a session, they see it as a good way to continue learning about the world that they live in,” Figura said.

The topic of nuclear energy came from the physics capstone class, Figura said.

He said it is a great subject and an interesting topic to explore in-depth.

“While nuclear power could be very technical,” Figura said,  “there is a lot of societal and cultural importance to it.”

The classes are a great way to learn a different perspective, Elaine Main, a Waverly resident, said.

The classes are a way to better understand the nuclear energy that is in our world, Main said.

“There is so much to learn at these classes and it is a good opportunity to find out about nuclear power and what it actually is,” Main said.

The classes are divided into different areas of focus that concern nuclear power, Figura said.

The four sessions go through the timeline of using nuclear resources, he said.

“We aren’t trying to answer the question, ‘Is nuclear power a good thing or a bad thing,’” Figura said.  “The goal of the course is, as citizens, to think about that question from a more informed perspective.”

The classes bring awareness to  what nuclear radiation is capable of doing, Figura said.

Major catastrophes with nuclear power are explained during these sessions.

“We want to take a look and see exactly what we know happened and what we have been able to learn about nuclear accidents in the years since,” Figura said.

While this is an event for the community, students are welcome as well, Figura said.

“I would love to see students come,” Figura said.
“The great thing about Keep on Learning is that it is an audience of people who are interested in a topic,” he said.

The classes meet on Thursdays in the Heritage Room of the Seamann Student Center from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Figura said he has had a great experience with the Keep on Learning classes.

“I’ve been having a lot of fun with these,” Figura said.

“It’s a chance to dig into some material in a slightly different perspective than I am able to otherwise.”

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