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Laboratories, universities unite to build radioecology expertise
Date:1/26/2011

ing unique contributions to their participation in NCoRE. The academic and research specialties of each of the member institutions of NCoRE will provide the foundation for training the next generation of radioecologists. SRNL is the lead organization and tasked with managing NCoRE, under the leadership of Dr. Kuhne, Tim Jannik and Dr. Eduardo Farfan. SRNL has a long history of expertise in environmental risk assessments. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, operated by the University of Georgia, has a 60-year history of basic ecological research. Duke University has a strong program in ecological toxicology, which studies other chemical contaminants in the environment; this expertise is a valuable component of radioecology, because radioactive materials also include other chemicals whose behavior needs to be understood. Oregon State University has a research reactor, one of fewer than 30 in the nation, and expertise in using it for experimental programs.

Colorado State University has a long history of radioecology research and is only one of five institutions with M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Health Physics to have received full and unconditional accreditation from ABET/Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission. Clemson University has a well established and successful research program in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, which covers the academic focus areas of environmental health physics, radiochemistry, and nuclear environmental engineering. The University of South Carolina is training undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of Environmental Health Sciences, with a research focus on how environmental exposures affect human health and disease, and Nuclear Engineering, to keep up with the ever growing involvement of the state of South Carolina in the nuclear industry.

One of the partners, IRSN, is part of a European alliance in radioecology called Strategy for Allied Radioecology (STAR) that has just been funded by
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Contact: Angeline French
angeline.french@srnl.doe.gov
803-725-2854
DOE/Savannah River National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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