Miles O’Brien Ideas Festival Events
Miles O’Brien, national science correspondent for PBS NewsHour and 17-year science, environment, and aerospace correspondent for CNN, is visiting Purdue to lead 4 Ideas Festival Events. These discussions will touch on world-changing research being done across each IF focus area (space exploration, artificial intelligence, health and longevity, and sustainable economy and planet) while highlighting complementary work being done at Purdue.
Recorded Atoms for Humanity Keynote Presentations
The Atoms for Humanity Summit spent parts of three days on the numerous sides of the summit’s title question: “What IF Nuclear Power Could Save the World?” Nuclear power looks to have a future at least in medicine, space exploration, artificial intelligence and robotics, and climate and clean energy. This is an event in the Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s yearlong Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign.
Sept. 3, 2019: Keynote Speech with Dr. Mark Peters
Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Miles O’Brien
In the face of an accelerating climate crisis, nuclear power is at a crossroads. While the industry is an important source of carbon-free energy in the U.S., old plants are getting shuttered and new plants are struggling to gain financial footing. Enter next generation nuclear.
Innovations driven by advanced materials, supercomputing, and modular construction–along with government and venture funding–is making a new era for nuclear power possible. A powerful line-up of industry and government movers and shakers–as well as advanced nuclear innovators–will provide a glimpse of the future.
Sept. 4, 2019: Keynote Speech with Naomi Hirose
Followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Miles O’Brien
In March of 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan spawned a massive tsunami that inundated the coastline, killing thousands and sending the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the path to meltdown. A few miles south, however, the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant weathered the catastrophe without suffering a meltdown. Why? And what lessons have been learned from the incident?
Key industry players and insiders will make a rare joint appearance to reveal what happened that fateful day, the unprecedented cleanup process at Fukushima Daiichi, and how the incident is shaping the future of the nuclear power industry.
Sept. 5, 2019: Keynote Conversation with U.S. Senator Mike Braun of Indiana and Dr. William Bookless of the National Nuclear Security Administration, moderated by PBS Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien
- What IF we could engineer better health? with Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University, whose research is advancing the use of brain chip implants in deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation to treat Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury.
- What IF food was digital? with Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, who leads a group of engineers, scientists and educators in research that aims to shape the development of future food systems.
To date, O’Brien has hosted: