Minnesota 2016 October Trip Report

Professor Kenneth Nollet was in Minnesota, 30 September to 9 October 2016.  His main speaking engagement was hosted by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), part of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.  In addition to HSEM staff, public health, law enforcement, military, and electric utility professionals attended and actively discussed topics of mutual interest.

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Above: Minnesota’s Emergency Operations Center, during and after Professor Nollet’s presentation, Crisis, Community, and Confidence: A Minnesotan Reflects on Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident. Lower right: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joseph Kelly receives a copy of Fukushima: Lives on the Line.

This 7 October 2011 presentation can be accessed in slide-over-notes format here:

 

Nollet also spent time with Hibbing High School students from several science classes, involving them in an interactive presentation, At the Intersection of Biology and Physics: Human Radiation Exposure in the Nuclear Age.

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Above: Hibbing High School, built in 1923, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its education program earned the Bellamy Award in 1968.

 

This trip to Minnesota also included study tours of elder care facilities, with special attention to emergency evacuation policies and practices.  The ability to evacuate residents, their medications, and their care plans is important, as is the wisdom to know when evacuation might do more harm than it prevents.  These are among the lessons from 3.11.

 

Another study tour destination was the Soudan Mine High Energy Physics Lab, recently used to detect neutrino radiation originating from a cyclotron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois.

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Above: The Soudan Mine High Energy Physics Lab is more than 2300 feet (700 meters) below ground, to shield its particle detectors (upper left) from natural cosmic radiation that penetrates the atmosphere and reaches the earth’s surface.