International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear Emergencies to the Public, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2018, Vienna, Austria
October 1 - 5, 2018

Dr. Dean Kyne participated in the International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear Emergencies to the Public, the first symposium organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria between October 1 and 3, 2018.

Presentation Title
Nuclear Power Emergency in the United States of America: Challenges Associated with Standard Operation Procedure and Emergency Evacuation Content

This study examines if the public could be informed during and after the nuclear power plant emergencies in a timely manner to evacuate. The study stimulates a nuclear power plant core meltdown accident in order to estimate the time required to complete the tasks designated in the standard operation procedure. The study finds that one of the most challenges with nuclear power plant emergencies is to inform the public in a timely manner. Recommendations are provided to effectively manage the nuclear power emergencies in US.

Expected Benefits to Society
Dr. Kyne’s study provides valuable findings that demonstrate urgency to improve nuclear power emergency management plan in order to effectively management nuclear power emergencies and save lives of individuals living around the nuclear power plants.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s analysis using 2000 census data, there were 184 million people who lived within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant in the U.S., the NRC reported. His study’s findings could potentially save lives of more than 184 million people living around the nuclear power plants in US. In addition, his study could provide guidelines to other countries to save lives of many millions of people living around other nuclear power plants and reduce their vulnerability to risks associated with nuclear power emergencies.

Travel Funding
Dr. Kyne expressed his gratefulness to the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and P-16 Integration, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology for funding his travel.

Feedback from Conference Participants
Dr. Kyne’s study received interests from participants who are around the world. They strongly encouraged to publish his study in a peer-reviewed journal.

September 30, 2018: Departed McAllen, TX at 12:59 PM
October 1, 2018: Arrived Vienna, Austria at 1:30 PM
October 1, 2018: Attended the IAEA Conference at 4:00 PM
October 2, 2018: Conducted presentation at the conference
October 3, 2018: Visited a few places between 4:00 and 8:00 PM
October 4, 2018: Departed Vienna at 7:45 AM
October 4, 2018: Arrived McAllen at 7:30 PM
Total estimated travel miles: 12,400 (McAllen—>Dallas—>London—>Vienna)

Captured Moments in Vienna, Austria

IAEA Head Office in Vienna, Austria

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Presentation Cover

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Dr. Kyne seen at the IAEA Head Office

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Travel to Vienna

Dr. Kyne left McAllen, TX on September 30 in the afternoon and he arrived Vienna, Austria in the afternoon of October 1, 2018. He was seen with the American Airline aircraft that took him to Vienna at the Vienna International Airport on October 1, 2018.


Arrival at the Vienna International Airport


Taking a train from the airport to the city


City Tour in the late afternoon of October 3, 2018

Dr. Kyne left Vienna on the early morning of October 4, 2018. He visited a few places in the city in the late afternoon on October 3, 2018. The very first place he vistied was St. Stephen's Cathedral (more commonly known by its German title: Stephansdom) .


St. Stephen's Cathedral (more commonly known by its German title: Stephansdom) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP. The current Romanesque and Gothic form of the cathedral, seen today in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Duke Rudolf IV (1339–1365) and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first a parish church consecrated in 1147. The most important religious building in Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral has borne witness to many important events in Habsburg and Austrian history and has, with its multi-coloured tile roof, become one of the city's most recognizable symbols.[1]


This musical instrument is called Hang. This was played nicely by a musician in a busy street in Vienna, Austria. This is a quote from Wikipedia: “The Hang (German pronunciation: [haŋ];[1] plural form: Hanghang)[2] is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG.[3] The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.[4]

Logging in Vienna

This apartment costed $50 a day!