Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Macfarlane's work is on the intersection of environmental policy issues and international security. Her focus is on nuclear issues in particular, both nuclear energy, especially the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle including nuclear waste disposal, and nuclear weapons issues, including nonproliferation and the management and disposal of fissile materials. Her book on nuclear waste disposal, "Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste," co-edited with Rodney Ewing of the University of Michigan, was published in 2006 by MIT Press.
Macfarlane was one of 15 experts recently chosen by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to sit on a Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. The commission will provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Macfarlane also currently sits on a National Academy of Sciences committee that is reviewing the Energy Department's nuclear energy research and development programs as well as participating in the Keystone Foundation's nuclear energy task force.
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