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New SARI Member Invitation Protocol

Current SARI members are free (and encouraged) to invite additional like-minded scientists (“Members”) and other individuals (“Associate Members”) to join our ranks. The decision about whether to invite someone rests with each SARI member, but should be predicated by the desire to add active contributors (not just “numbers to increase the group’s size”). The invitees should be encouraged to provide their sponsors a short 3-5 line bio (full resume if it’s easier) including representative SARI-relevant publications (if any) so that they can be “introduced” to the other SARI members upon nomination certification. This nomination would then be endorsed by at least 2 additional SARI members (total of 3 sponsors) and the new member’s name will be added to the “Members” (scientists) or “Associate Members” (not necessarily scientists) roster on the SARI website.  You will be then be added to the SARI Google Groups email distribution list (we suggest that you set up a separate Gmail or Hotmail account to use so that this traffic doesn’t impact your other work or private email).

Please send the information below to this email address:

Your Email (we recommend an email address separate from your personal or work email)

Your Telephone Number

*Nominating SARI Member(s)

Education Level


Short 3-5 line bio (including representative SARI-relevant publications (if any). Full resume, if it’s easier.


* Individuals who are interested in joining the SARI initiative (after reviewing the website content), but who have not yet been “invited” by an existing SARI member, should review the SARI “Members” and “Associate Members” lists to identify potential “nominating SARI members” for you to include in your application note. Your information will be forwarded to those individuals for further evaluation regarding your desire to join SARI. Please be patient, since we are a small organization comprised of individuals who engage in SARI activities on their own time. Their involvement (and yours) is not related directly to their employment or employer.





    Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy,
    U. S. Department of Energy, 1986-87 (Reagan II)
    Career: Director of the Nuclear Safety Analysis Center at EPRI 1981-86
    Visiting Lecturer, Univ. California – Berkeley 1988-89
    Center for Security and Cooperation – Stanford University
    Center Affiliated Scholar, 1993 – 2007
    Director of Research, Commonwealth Edison Co. 1972-81
    Senior Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory 1955-71
    Assistant Director, Argonne Reactor Engineering Div. 1967-69
    Member and Chair, Argonne Reactor Safety Review Committee 1968 -72

    President of the American Nuclear Society 1992-93
    Voted “Utility Industry Man of the Year in 1975 for effective communication of complex subjects to the public”

    Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, San Luis Obispo, CA: Member 9 years, Chair 3 years; Final term ended June 30, 2008

    Education: Bachelor of Engineering Physics, Cornell 1953
    MS Nuclear Engineering, MIT 1955
    MBA Northwestern, Graduate School of Business 1963
    Ph. D. Metallurgy, Case Western Reserve 1966

    Married Sandra Howells 1966; Daughters: Laura VanZandt, Liz Laats

    Current (since 1988): Independent consultant on nuclear power safety, materials, energy policy and nonproliferation. Local educator and speaker, and teaching a course called “Energy Politics” at the Academy of Lifelong Learning at the Sarasota campus of the University of South Florida. 2007 – 2012

    Now working on a book on the U. S. policy dating back to President Jimmy Carter to indefinitely defer reprocessing of civilian nuclear power reactor spent fuel, and its implications on energy and national security. – – March 2012

    7325 Eaton Court
    University Park, FL 34201
    941-358-6902 Cell: 415-385-3855


  2. I support the nomination of Gene Nelson to SARI. Gene works very hard at aspects of nuclear and radiation issues that are not actively taken on by many of us. He actively reaches out to members of the public, some of whom do not wish to be informed and many who are willing to listen and learn but have not been effectively reached.
    We live in a society where “public participation in decision-making” has grown from a slogan to a powerful force. We exchange information and views as scientists. Gene can benefit from our information as he takes the next, and most needed steps: reaching those who either influence or are the media and the political powers who are influenced by local and national news media.
    We, many of us active and retired scientists, can also learn from Gene Nelson’s efforts and encounters with the public on issues of intense interest to us all.

    • Mark Miller

      Dr. Rossin,
      Send a note nominating Gene Nelson to the SARI email distribution group, along with his bio (or a relevant excerpt). Sorry I didn’t see this sooner.

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