CNTA to host annual lecture


Adm. Cecil Haney will deliver the keynote address at the 24th annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet, an event hosted by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, or CNTA.

The lecture is named for Edward Teller, a famous nuclear pioneer who played a key role in development of nuclear energy during World War II, according to CNTA.

The event will be held Oct. 19 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 375 Robert Bell Parkway. The event will begin with cash bar reception at 6 p.m. and the formal banquet and lecture at 7.

Tickets for the event are $50 and must be paid for in advance. The deadline to register is Oct. 2. Checks should be made payable to CNTA. For information on getting tickets, call 803-649-3456 or email

“CNTA is pleased that it can help focus the spotlight on science and math education and the nuclear industry during this week by holding its annual lecture/banquet honoring the nuclear pioneer,” the group wrote in a press release.

The lecture normally kicks off National Nuclear Science Week for the Aiken area and features a speaker, such as Haney, who has a special connection to the nuclear industry.

Haney, a native of Washington D.C., is a 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. His career has included assignments on various U.S. submarines including the USS John C. Calhoun and USS Frank Cable.

Haney’s shore duty tours include administrative assistant for enlisted affairs at Naval Reactors, congressional appropriations liaison officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and deputy chief of Staff of Plans, Policies and Requirements, U.S. Pacific Fleet, among others.

Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.