Charter & Mission

2/12/2016

Charter: The objective of this group is to monitor for and counter nuclear/radiological misinformation that could adversely impact the world’s ability to effectively respond to nuclear and radiological challenges, to the end point of saving lives.  

For the world to effectively prepare for and respond to a radiological or nuclear emergency, it is important to have reliable information about risks to humans from both high- and low-level exposures to ionizing radiation and that the general response to the human body from high and low doses is different. Unfortunately, misinformation (such as the linear, no-threshold model (LNT)) about radiation effects on humans is prevalent in the news and other media, especially for low-level-radiation exposure (low-dose and low-dose-rate), as is currently the case for downwind populations of Fukushima.  Misinformation (such as the LNT) if not quickly detected and properly countered by reliable information in a timely manner can lead to harm including the unintended loss of many lives as has been demonstrated after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents.  Misinformation related to low-level radiation exposure leads to unintended fatalaties1Our group is multidisciplinary and includes expertise in a variety of areas including radiation source characterization, radiation transport, external and internal radiation dosimetry, radiobiological effects (both harmful and beneficial), dose-response modeling, radiation risk and benefit assessment, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, commercial nuclear power, technology supporting use of nuclear power, isotope production, and nuclear/radiological emergency management.

Fear based on the LNT was responsible for about 100,000 abortions following the Chernobyl accident and is now also responsible for more than 1,000 lives being lost related to Fukushima evacuations (Scott BR and Dobrzyński L. 2012. Dose-Response 10:462-466).

Mission: To help prevent unnecessary, radiation-phobia-related deaths, morbidity,  and injuries associated with distrust of radio-medical diagnostics/therapies and from nuclear/radiological emergencies through countering phobia-promoting misinformation (such as the LNT) spread by alarmists via the news and other media including journal publications.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Martin Kral

    New to this site. After 3 years reviewing nuclear reactor technology, this is my next area of study. Should be interesting.

  2. I would like to join SARI. Please advise me how this is to be accomplished.

    • Mark Miller

      Send me an email and short (or any) bio. I will “Introduce you” to the SARI members, get two “Seconds”, and have Mohan Doss add you to the SARI GoogleGroup email list.
      Mark Miller, CHP
      marklmiller20@gmail.com

  3. I am writing you ask if you could assist our efforts. We have been working with a team to create and promote a new podcast which is on ITunes called the Ecomodernist Podcast. One of our shows was an interview with Dr. Wade Allison of Oxford University countering the prevailing fear of nuclear radiation. We would like you to copy and past this small promo and we would also like to have an interview with a guest speaker from your organization on one of our podcasts. Here is our short promo:

    Are you an Ecomodernist? We are environmentalists who believe in promoting sound sound science. We recognize the existential threat from Climate Change and Ocean Acidification but we also believe in Nuclear Energy and GMOs as legitimate and necessary parts of the solution. We believe that science and economic progress is the key to fixing the world’s environmental problems. We see energy abundance and not energy poverty as being the key to saving the planet. We are non-partisan and are committed to putting our political differences aside to create an Environmentalism 2.0 Join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecomodernistpodcast/

    Thank you for your work
    Gabe Ignetti
    786-877-8566

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