Science Pub: Edition #27 - RADIATION: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
March 19, 5:00 PM, Bushwakker
Presented by The University of Regina Faculty of Science and The Bushwakker Brewpub. Our wildly popular monthly Science Pub Series returns in 2015! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month's lecture will be presented by Dr. Zisis Papandreou from the U of R Faculty of Science – Department of Physics. Radiation surrounds us everywhere and is used in energy generation, science, medicine, food safety, among others. Dr. Papandreou will highlight misconceptions behind ionizing radiation, the role of bad science in making decisions and scaring the public, and hope to set the record straight on radiation and its benefits to humankind. Dr. Zisis Papandreou is a subatomic physicist. His research focuses on the conception, simulation, design and construction of nuclear physics detectors for foundational experiments at accelerators. Since 1999 he has been working in a large international research collaboration at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia, which seeks to understanding the nuclear glue that holds matter together. The low-light sensing technology that was developed for this led to applications in nuclear imaging from radioisotope uptake in plants with potential benefit to agriculture and food production, as well as personal radiation detection in nuclear safety, both under the auspices of the newly formed Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.
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