Tuesday, March 16, 1999

UW to host symposium on nuclear policy

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming will host a symposium on the social, cultural and economic implications of nuclear policies.

"Living with Nuclear Technologies: Our Enduring Nuclear Legacy," will bring three nationally-recognized scholars to campus this Thursday and Friday.

They will participate in classroom visits, public talks and an open public forum.

Topics will include the effects of continuing nuclear weapons testing, the challenges of finding nuclear waste storage space and the significance of nuclear hazards for future generations.

The speakers are as follows:

At noon Thursday, geologist Allison MacFarlane, a Harvard University Kennedy School of Government fellow, will review nuclear proliferation and waste materials.

Randy Hanson, Center for Science and Technology coordinator at Rice University, will explain the cultural costs of nuclear waste storage at 4 p.m. Thursday. He will emphasize the effects of waste disposal on Native American lands.

On Friday, anthropologist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology fellow Hugh Gusterson will disucss the cultural implications of maintaining a virtual nuclear testing program.

The symposium is funded in part by a Wyoming Council for the Humanities grant.