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April 18, 2011: A Special Feature from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Baker Institute Update: Lunch and learn about Japan; A Middle East update
Understanding the nuclear tragedy in Japan:
A four-minute video from the Baker Institute


Last month, a devastating tsunami in Japan triggered a nuclear crisis of global sigificance. Five weeks later, there are many unanswered questions and concerns about the disaster's ramifications for health, energy policy, safety and public policy.

The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy's Science and Technology Policy Program and the Energy Forum recently held a panel discussion on the impact of the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

A four-minute video of highlights from "Japan: The Aftermath" is now available. In it, experts from the fields of medicine, nuclear physics and energy provide a snapshot of the short- and long-term implications of the crisis for Japan and the United States. Featured are:
  • B. Paul Padley, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy, Rice University
  • Erich A. Schneider, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies and director of the Baker Institute Energy Forum
  • Dr. James D. Cox, professor of radiation oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Neal Lane, Ph.D., former science adviser to President Clinton and the senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute, moderated the event.

The Baker Institute has been and will continue to provide expert commentary and analysis on the situation in Japan. Visit the Baker Institute's "Tragedy in Japan" page for more information. The entire webcast from the April 8 event "Japan: The Aftermath" is also posted online.


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