As we have been learning, nuclear and radiological technologies have evident beneficial applications in our society including: providing clean energy, medical treatments, national security, and industrial applications. However, there remain realities associated with potential dangers, including examples of past environmental and human health impacts, not to mention the potential proliferation to terrorist groups.

Your writing assignment (20% of your grade) will be to write a 3-4 page convincing and persuasive essay on a nuclear related topic. It is not required that it is specifically a topic covered in class and you are welcome to formulate an argument that is supportive or against the use of the nuclear technology. Some example persuasive topical statements would be:

  • We need to build more reactors in the United States
  • Diagnostic imaging in children should be more heavily regulated.
  • Radiation dose limits for workers should be reduced (or increased).
  • It is necessary to eliminate all nuclear weapons in the United States.
  • The best solution for the disposal of nuclear waste is a deep geological repository

[It is NOT required that it is a topic only relevant to the United States, but these are topics I am more familiar with.]