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Spotlight on the physicist

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the spotlight is on Gregory Jaczko for the states' nuclear security. Who's he? Young Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief -- and protege of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid:

A dozen years later, Jaczko will need to draw on both scientific and political smarts while dissecting Japan's nuclear disaster to determine if changes are needed to keep the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants running safely. That could make some nuclear operators sweat. But former colleagues and friends of the 40-year-old chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission contend he is not out quash the sector's hopes of emerging from a three-decade slump.

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.