November Event: Fields of Plenty

The Other MAD:

Mathematical Assessment of Damage

& the Spiral in Cold War Nuclear Stockpiles

November 19 at 6PM

UW’s Physics & Astronomy Building, Room C520

Featuring Dr. Halvor Undem

& internship information presented by

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s

Ryan Boscow

During the month of November, our thoughts turn to gratitude and a bountiful harvest — we truly reap what we sow. Our Fields of Plenty event will focus on this theme in two ways:

First, Ryan Boscow from PNNL will detail the internship and career opportunities which make nuclear materials management a “field of plenty” for STEM students.

Then, while you enjoy pizza, Dr. Halvor Undem will continue the theme for the evening. During the Cold War, nuclear stockpiles and payloads spiraled to irrational levels for highly rational reasons. He will explain the math and physics behind the MADness.

Register HERE.


Dr. Halvor Undem has served as an Air Force officer, as a senior advisor in Nonproliferation Technology and Safeguards within the National Security Directorate of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and International Atomic Energy Agency expert assisting in the modernization of containment sealing systems, a major safeguard against nuclear material and theft. Dr. Undem is currently an Affiliate Professor at the Jackson School of International Affairs, where he teaches courses on International Safeguards, Nonproliferation, and Weapons of Mass Destruction-related issues.



As a student chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, INMM@UW supports the mission of ensuring the safe, secure and peaceful stewardship of nuclear materials for all mankind. As a Registered Student Organization at the University of Washington, we will work to unite students, faculty, and community shareholders with industry professionals to support this mission. We will engage students and faculty from STEM disciplines, international relations, public policy, public health, environmental science, political science, and foreign languages departments to reflect the diversity and needs of the nuclear field.
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