The first week of the #Atom4Earth Earth Day Meme contest went spectacularly well! We received many, many memes, which collectively reached many thousands of people on Facebook and Twitter! Just in case you missed any, you can click back through through this Storify to see them all. A HUGE thank you to everyone who created memes, as well as those who liked, shared and tweeted the entries out to your networks.
Our first guest judge is nuclear expert and all around awesome human being Erika Suzuki.
Here is a quick bio:
Erika Suzuki is the Assistant Director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Nuclear Policy Working Group (NPWG) in support of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium’s policy and education programs. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, and is also an alumna of the Haas School of Business Summer BASE Program. In the past, Erika has taught thre undergraduate elective courses that she developed through the Democratic Education at Cal program, and worked at a number of public service and political organizations.
Erika is passionate about integrating nuclear science and security policy in educational and training programs, and plans to obtain a graduate degree in public policy and international affairs, focusing on nuclear security issues. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, volunteering, and keeping up with current events.
And a little more information on the Nuclear Policy Working Group she helps direct at UC Berkeley:
The Nuclear Policy Working Group (NPWG) at UC Berkeley is a research-based, educational programming effort founded in Fall 2012 by Dr. Bethany Goldblum. The NPWG represents the policy and education arms of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC), a $25M grant from the NNSA to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. The current working group membership consists of undergraduate students (ranging from freshman to senior-level), graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars from twelve different technical and nontechnical departments on campus, and engages across multiple communities with a variety of activities each year. The working group has a three-fold mission: 1) To educate students on important and pressing issues in nuclear security; 2) To foster collaboration across the technical and social scientific fields, as well as across all educational and career stages; 3) And to generate original policy recommendations and technical research papers to contribute to the nuclear security field. The NPWG is committed to developing the next generation of nuclear scientists and policymakers and serves to strengthen the connection science, policy, and society through its efforts at the University of California, Berkeley and at all NSSC- affiliated institutions.
This NPWG is supported through a grant awarded by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation through the NSSC via the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.
And the obligatory disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number(s) DE-NA0000979. This material was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.
And finally, drum roll please……….
THE WINNING MEME!! Congrats to Kathleen Scott for her nuclear nonproliferation themes meme! A perfect fit for Earth Day! And thanks to our friends at AREVA you will be receiving this amazing Nuclear T-Shirt from the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History! Now in Erika’s own words, her reasons for choosing this meme:
In my opinion, a good nuclear-themed meme should be original, accessible, and engaging. This meme, “Only Nuclear Can Turn Warheads into Watts,” meets all three criteria. It is an original pairing of text and imagery, and does not contain any technical or scientific jargon that would be difficult for the general public to easily digest.
Furthermore, the combination of the muted purple colors of the globe that highlight large swaths of the planet that do not have access to electricity, coupled with the subtle, yet super cute baby blue peace sign draw the viewer’s eyes to the bright, neon-yellow text that conveys the main message of the meme. The message is simple, yet it also highlights the efforts of the highly successful Megatons to Megawatts program, which recycled the equivalent of 20,000 nuclear warheads worth of nuclear material in a decade (USEC 2014)1. In fact, up to 10% of the electricity produced in the United States has been generated by nuclear fuel from this program (USEC 2014).
In order to effectively communicate nuclear issues, it is crucial to be able to portray nuclear issues in an accurate and more “human” fashion. Nuclear is frequently undermined in the mainstream media and by critics who choose to use negative and disturbing images, often coupled with misinformation or facts that have been manipulated to cast nuclear in a dark light.
In the spirit of this meme, it is time to let nuclear light the way.
And lastly Erika has asked that I share this invitation for an upcoming panel at UC Berkeley:
Join us at our upcoming event at UC Berkeley!
April 29th, 2014, 7-9pm
Nuclear Security Expert Panel Event: Ethics in Nuclear Science and Security Policy
Location: Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley