Nuclear waste disposal talk

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Photo of Donald Friend, expert on nuclear waste disposal

Donald Friend, chair of the Geography Department at Minnesota State, Mankato, will discuss nuclear waste disposal Dec. 12 in Atwood Memorial Center.

“Nuclear Waste Disposal in the USA: What’s in Every American's Backyard” will be presented by Donald Friend from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Voyageurs Room in Atwood Memorial Center as part of the School of Public Affairs Colloquium.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is free on streets adjecent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Friend is a professor and the chair of the Department of Geography at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research and teaching interests focus on physical geography, especially earth surface and atmospheric processes, their interaction and human impacts in mountains. He is also keenly interested in geographic, environmental and international education. He has written more than 40 scholarly papers and reports, edited two books, and has delivered dozens of scholarly presentations and lectures.

He is a founding director of the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center, as well as director of Earth Science Programs at MSUM. He recently completed a three-year term on the Association of American Geographers (AAG) governing body, the AAG Council, and on the Fulbright National Screening Committee for the Institute of International Education.

Friend holds a doctorate in geography from Arizona State University (1997). He earned a master's degree in geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1988) and he earned the bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in conservation of natural resources (1984).

Refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. For more information, email Ali Kavanaugh at

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