April 13, 2021
ORISE’s Derek Hagemeyer was nominated and accepted by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) to serve on the expert group developing a report titled, “Evaluation of Public Exposure to Ionizing Radiation from Natural and Man-made Sources.” The General Assembly of the United Nations established UNSCEAR in 1955 with the mandate to assess and report levels and effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Governments and organizations throughout the world rely on the committee’s estimates as the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risk and for establishing protective measures.
Since its inception, UNSCEAR has issued 25 major publications. The report Hagemeyer will support uses data collected from projects like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Radiation Exposure Information and Reporting System and the DOE Radiation Exposure Monitoring System, both of which are projects that Hagemeyer has been involved. The UNSCEAR project will continue through 2024 and involve international collaboration in the collection and interpretation of radiation exposure information.
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