Hundreds of the World's Foremost Nuclear Leaders to Gather for American Nuclear Society Conference in Chicago, Illinois

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Distinguished nuclear experts from around the world will meet to discuss “Nuclear Science and Technology: Managing the Global Impact of Economic and Natural Events” at ANS Annual Conference, to be held June 24-28 in Chicago, Illinois.

“We're fortunate to have a distinguished group at the opening presentation at this year's Annual Meeting," said ANS President Eric Loewen. "They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership on international issues affecting nuclear energy."

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) kicks off its 2012 Annual Meeting on June 24 with an Opening Plenary Session featuring leading nuclear experts on nuclear science and technology issues, ANS President Eric P. Loewen, PhD, announced today. “We're fortunate to have a distinguished group at the opening presentation at this year's Annual Meeting. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership on international issues affecting nuclear energy,” Loewen remarked.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Nuclear Science and Technology: Managing the Global Impact of Economic and Natural Events,” and conference attendees will learn about navigating important issues facing the global nuclear community, low-level radiation and the implications for Fukushima recovery, perspectives on solving the used nuclear fuel dilemma moving forward, and the important role of the United States nuclear community. The ANS Conference will be held June 24-28, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.

At the Opening Plenary Session, hosted by ANS President Loewen, General Conference Chair Amir Shahkarami and John W. Rowe (Chairman and CEO, Exelon Corporation), the speakers include

  •     Congressman Michael (Mike) K. Simpson (U.S. Congress, Idaho)
  •     Prof. Dr. Hans- Werner Sinn (President, Ifo Institute for Economic Research- Germany)
  •     Dr. Sylvain Costes (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  •     Commissioner Kristine L. Svinicki (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

When asked about this year’s Opening Plenary Session, Loewen said, “I’m very gratified that these leaders in our nuclear community are participating in this important conference. Their wisdom and experience are vital sources of counsel for everyone attending the meeting.”

The American Nuclear Society welcomes recognized media representatives to attend annual, topical, and international meetings. To receive press credentials, ANS allows media representatives to register over the internet, using the general registration form for the meeting located here: http://www.new.ans.org/meetings/c_1. Registration to meetings is free for credentialed media, however, payment is required for access to any tours, ceremonies, or events for which fees are indicated. For further information, please call Laura Scheele, ANS Communications and Policy Manager, at (708) 579-8224.

Established in 1954, ANS is a professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 11,600 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. They are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories and private industry.

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