Suzy Hobs: beginning her nuclear education

Suzy Hobs, proprietor of PopAtomic.org just posted a wonderful story of her personal experience learning that nuclear energy is not the Bad Thing (as she was being indoctrinated in her high school biology class):

In 1999, during a lesson about energy and ecology in my high school Biology class (in Atlanta) I was taught that nuclear energy was intrinsically dangerous and hazardous to the environment. I went home that day incredibly upset and confronted my Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about all of the horrible things he had been doing at work and voiced my disappointment in his choice of career. My Dad didn’t say anything, he just listened. The next day he went to Georgia Tech and borrowed a Geiger Counter. When I came home from school that afternoon, he had assembled a number of everyday items on the kitchen table. He explained that radiation is all around us and showed me that some things in our home have measureable amounts of radioactivity. I remember one item was a lantern mantel (which contained thorium at that time), which pegged the meter. He asked if I would like to go and investigate a nuclear power plant so that I could report back to my class with more information about nuclear energy and radiation.

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Do read Suzy’s experience, you will be happy that you did!

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