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Peace time pressures with Russia is topic of nuclear expert's talk

Nov. 11, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- A nuclear physicist who helps coordinate security interactions with China and the former Soviet Union will discuss the threats and potentials brought on by the end of the Cold War in a lecture at Western Michigan University Monday, Nov. 17.

"Waging Peace with Russia: The Long Journey from Swords to Plowshares" is the title of a talk by Dr. Roger Hagengruber, senior vice president for national security programs at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. His free public address is set for 7:30 p.m. in Room 1104 of Rood Hall.

Hagengruber, who began his professional career at WMU as an assistant professor of physics, has been involved in technical and policy work at Sandia for more than 25 years. He is responsible for research and development on nuclear weapons, intelligence and arms control at the Department of Energy facility. He also has participated in several multilateral negotiation teams and government panels on nuclear weapons.

Sandia's main mission has been designing nuclear weapons, but it is now engaged in a large collaborative effort with its counterpart laboratories in the former Soviet Union. Hagengruber says the secret Russian laboratories that were once isolated from the West represent potential partners for the United States, but could also pose a threat for accelerated proliferation of weapons.

Hagengruber will discuss the current state of disarmament and verification issues. He also will comment on the state of the science and the political stability of Russian technical society.

Earlier that day, Hagengruber will describe "Institutional Transition in the Post-Cold War Period -- New Roles and Challenges for National Labs." That talk, set for 4 p.m. in Room 1110 of Rood Hall, will cover the shift in research and collaborations by federal laboratories such as Sandia that reflect the shift in public views about research and development in a post-Cold War society. That speech also is free and open to the public.

Hagengruber's visit to WMU is sponsored by the Department of Physics and the Department of Science Studies. For more information about the talks, persons should contact Dr. R. Dean Kaul, associate professor of physics, at 616 387-4949.

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