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Beebe Symposium: The Science and Response to a Nuclear Reactor Accident

May 13, 2014

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

2014 Beebe Symposium

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The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident: Summary of a Symposium (2014)

The topic of the 2014 Gilbert W. Beebe symposium was prompted by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was initiated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. This was the fourth major nuclear accident that has occurred since the beginning of the nuclear age some 60 years ago. The rarity of nuclear accidents and the limited amount of existing experiences that have bee... More >>


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2014 Beebe Agenda and Presentations

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW

Room 100

8:00 AM

Call to Order and Welcome

Kevin D. Crowley, National Academy of Sciences



8:05 AM

Past Nuclear Reactor Accidents: Where? When? Why?

Steve L. Simon, National Cancer Institute 



8:20 AM

Emergency Response Research Needs

Nicole Lurie, Department of Health and Human Services





Moderated by Martha S. Linet, committee chair




8:40 AM

Physical Health Effects

Alina V. Brenner, National Cancer Institute 



9:05 AM

Social, Psychological and Behavioral Impacts

Steven M. Becker, Old Dominion University College of Health Sciences 



9:30 AM

Session 1 Discussion



9:50 AM




SESSION 2 EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Part 1 Management of Health Effects

Moderated by Steve L. Simon, committee member




10:05 AM

Emergency Biodosimetry

William F. Blakely, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute/Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences



10:25 AM

Some Lessons Learned Regarding Medical Preparedness and Response from Several Types of Nuclear Power Plant Accidents

Albert L. Wiley, Jr., REAC/TS and WHO Collaborating Center at Oak Ridge



10:45 AM

Potassium Iodide – Mechanism of Action

Jan Wolff, National Institutes of Health (retired)



11:05 AM

Issues in Planning for Potassium Iodide Distribution

Patricia A. Milligan, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Steven A. Adams, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brad Leissa, Food and Drug Administration

Adela Salame-Alfie, New York State Department of Health



11:40 AM

Session 2 Part 1 Discussion



12:10 PM

LUNCH (Available for purchase at the refectory—3rd floor)




SESSION 2 EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Part 2 Protective Measures

Moderated by Adela Salame-Alfie, committee member




1:00 PM

Environmental Radiation Measurements

Daniel J. Blumenthal, Department of Energy



1:20 PM

Population Monitoring after a Radiation Emergency: The Early Response

Armin Ansari, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 



1:40 PM

Planning for Long-Term Follow-Up and Health Risk Studies

Martha S. Linet, National Cancer Institute



2:00 PM

Post Emergency Transition to Recovery

William E. Irwin, Vermont Department of Health

Gerilee W. Bennett, Federal Emergency Management Agency 

Sara D. DeCair, Environmental Protection Agency

S.Y. Chen, Illinois Institute of Technology 



2:40 PM

Session 2 Part 2 Discussion



3:00 PM






Moderated by Jerome S. Puskin, committee member



3:15 PM

The Federal Response; Lessons Learned from Fukushima 

Major General Julie A. Bentz, National Security Staff, Office of the President [oral comments only—no slides]


3:30 PM


Environmental Data Sharing During Radiological Emergencies: A Collaboration Effort between Local, State and Federal Radiation Programs 


Adela Salame-Alfie, New York State Department of Health 



3:45 PM

Media Meltdown

Miles O’Brien, PBS NewsHour 



4:00 PM

Communication in Nuclear Emergency

James McIntyre, Federal Emergency Management Agency [oral comments only—no slides]

Patricia A. Milligan, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Lee Ann B. Veal, Environmental Protection Agency [oral comments only—no slides] 

Daniel J. Blumenthal, Department of Energy [oral comments only—no slides]

Leeanna Allen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Major Jama VanHorne-Sealy, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences



5:00 PM

Session 3 Discussion



5:40 PM

Final Remarks

Organizing committee



5:45 PM

Adjourn Symposium