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November 4, 2020

MNE professor to take part in expert panel on radiation risk

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Amir Bahadori

Nuclear power is often viewed as riskier than other methods of producing power. Much of this perception is based on feelings rather than facts. Nuclear professionals will discuss ways to more effectively communicate the risks and benefits associated with nuclear power at an upcoming meeting of the American Nuclear Society.

Amir A. Bahadori, assistant professor in the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and faculty scientist with the K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center, will serve on an expert panel on radiation risk at the 2020 American Nuclear Society Virtual Winter Meeting, Nov. 16-19.

During the President’s Special Session, from 9–10:30 a.m. CST Wednesday, Nov. 18, the four-person panel will answer questions regarding the current state of knowledge regarding health risks of radiation exposure, how the understanding of risk in the nuclear industry impacts its practices and performance, and the next steps toward risk-informed decision making in situations involving nuclear and radiological technologies.

Bahadori directs the Radiological Engineering Analysis Laboratory at K-State where his research focuses on the characterization of radiation environments, understanding the response of humans and electronics to radiation exposure using both experimental and computational techniques, and radiation imaging. He currently serves as chair of the American Nuclear Society’s working group for revision to the society’s position statement on health risks associated with low-level radiation exposure.

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