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Clean Energy and Nuclear Power Conference

Emerging Technologies and Perspectives of Nuclear Power

With the ever-growing needs for generating electrical power and the increasing attention to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, nuclear power has the potential to fulfill both goals. Whether it be initiatives from the UN's COP-28 conference or funding of the Biden administration to new polling data or recent actions in California, nuclear power is garnering fresh interest. At the same time, new reactor designs and approaches may help to minimize risks while improving cost effectiveness. In this conference, a distinguished slate of speakers provided remarks on developing technologies, implementation of small modular reactors, education and engagement on the STEM pathway, nuclear waste management strategies, Christian perspective, and governmental policy. The conference concluded with a moderated panel discussion among the presenters.

This event was co-hosted by Seaver College and the School of Public Policy and sponsored by Seaver College, the Pepperdine Center for Sustainability, and the Provost's Office.



Program Schedule

Time Speaker Title
1:00 PM Joe Fritsch, PhD, Seaver College Welcome
1:15 PM Rita Baranwal, PhD, Westinghouse Westinghouse Technology: Advanced Power Generation Solutions for the 21st Century
1:45 PM Lisa Marshall, PhD, NC State Nuclear engineering engagement in STEM education
2:15 PM Ted Nordhaus, Breakthrough Institute The Case For Nuclear Energy
2:45 PM Break – 30 Minutes
3:15 PM Rusty Towell, PhD,  ACU The NEXT Molten Salt Research Reactor
3:45 PM Haruko Wainwright, PhD, MIT Environmental Sustainability and Resiliency in Nuclear Energy—Let’s talk about waste and accidents
4:15 PM Andrew Spencer, PhD in Christian Ethics, Author A Moral Case for Nuclear Power
4:45 PM Panel Discussion  


March 27, 2024
1 PM –5 PM


Wilburn Auditorium
Drescher Graduate Campus
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, 
Malibu, CA 90263

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Joe Fritsch, PhD
Divisional Dean and Professor of Chemistry
Natural Science Division
Seaver College





Rusty Towell

Rusty Towell


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Lisa Marshall

Lisa Marshall

PhD, NC State

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Ted Norhaus

Ted Nordhaus

Breakthrough Institute

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Rita Baranwal

Rita Baranwal

PhD, Westinghouse

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Haruko Wainwright

Haruko Wainwright


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Andrew Spencer

Andrew Spencer

PhD, Christian Ethics Author

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