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"Pandora's Promise" - Film Screening and Discussion

pp berkeley opt8PANDORAfilmflyerFINALFilm Screening & Discussion with the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone

Friday, April 12, 5:30 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley
Host: Prof. Jasmina Vujic
Panelists: Robert Stone, Michael Shellenberger, Prof. Joonhong Ahn and Prof. Per Peterson
Moderator: John Fowler, KTVU Channel 2 Science Editor
Professor Jasmina Vujic teaches undergraduate courses in introduction to nuclear engineering, introduction to nuclear reactor theory, and radiation protection and control, as well as graduate courses in nuclear reactor theory, and numerical methods in reactor design and analysis. Her research interests include development of advanced numerical methods for the neutronic analysis of nuclear reactors, radiation shielding, and medical applications of radiation; neutron and photon transport theory; reactor core design and analysis; optimization techniques for vector and parallel computing systems. Recently, she and Professor Prussin developed a new Bionuclear and Radiological Physics option within the Engineering Science/ Bioengineering Program.
 Robert Stone is a multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Born in England in 1958, he grew up in both Europe and America. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, he moved to New York City in 1983 determined to pursue acareer in filmmaking. He gained considerable recognition for his first film, “RADIO BIKINI” (1987) which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Multi-tasking as a producer, director, writer, editor and cameraman, he hasover the last 25 years developed a steady international reputation with a range of unique and critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop-culture, the mass media and the environment. His best-known work includes “GUERRILLA: The Taking of Patty Hearst” (2004), which premiered at Sundance and went on to become one of the most highly acclaimed theatrical documentaries of the year.  The was followed by the documentary feature “OSWALD’S GHOST” (2007) for which Stone earned is second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Non-FictionFilmmaking.   “EARTH DAYS” premiered as the Closing Night Film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically to wide critical acclaim.  His most recent film, PANDORA’S PROMISE will premier at Sundance in 2013 and is slated for theatrical release next summer.  He continues to create personally crafted high-end documentary films from his home in the Hudson Valley of New York, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.
Professor Joonhong Ahn received his doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley (PhD, 1988) and University of Tokyo (D.Eng., 1989), and joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on performance assessment for advanced nuclear fuel cycles and geological disposal of radioactive wastes. He led numerous joint research projects with institutions of Japan, South Korea, US, and IAEA. He was a member of Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, National Research Council, National Academies during 2008 – 2011. He is also a fellow of University of Tokyo, a Minner Faculty Fellow of College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, for Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Per F. Peterson is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California and performs research related to high-temperature fission and fusion energy systems, as well as studying topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. He was appointed in February 2010 as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future and co-chaired its Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee with Senator Pete Domenici.  He has served as a member or chair of numerous advisory committees for the national laboratories and National Research Council. He participated in the development of the Generation IV Roadmap in 2002 as a member of the Evaluation Methodology Group, and co-chaired its Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection Working Group from 2002 to 2010. His research in the 1990's contributed to the development of the passive safety systems used in the GE ESBWR and Westinghouse AP-1000 reactor designs. Currently his research group focuses primarily on heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and regulation and licensing for high temperature reactors, principally designs that use liquid fluoride salts as coolants.
For 25 years, John Fowler has been the on camera Health & Science Editor for KTVU Channel 2 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s covered nuclear power and nuclear engineering issues, including experimental nuclear science at National Laboratories. John brings a University of California education background in physics and experimental psychology to his broasdcast journalism, and has won numerous local, regional and international awards for his reporting.
A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE dares to tackle the emerging divide within the environmental movement over nuclear energy through the intimately told stories of thinkers, experts and authors who have come to change their minds about nuclear power. Stone elegantly interweaves the personal narratives of five extraordinary characters – Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger – to explore how these individuals have come to see advanced nuclear power as humankind’s greatest hope. By unearthing their personal transformations, Stone pierces commonly held assumptions and provides a captivating deconstruction of popular myths about radiation, waste and weapons, taking viewers on a riveting and mind-altering journey.
PANDORA’S PROMISE inspires serious and realistic debate about how mankind will continue to power modern civilization without destroying it.
The documentary will be released in movie theaters nation-wide beginning June 2013.


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