Steven Becker, Ph.D. ’96, Named Member of Government’s Nuclear Waste Review Board

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 11:52 am.

President Obama recently appointed Steven M. Becker, Ph.D. ’96, a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB). This review board is an independent agency of the U.S. Federal Government with the sole purpose of providing oversight to the Department of Energy’s program for managing and disposing of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.

Becker received a bachelor’s in political science and psychology from George Washington University, masters in political science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in the Occupational and Environmental Health Program. He is a professor of community and environmental health, College of Health Sciences, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Prior to joining the faculty at Old Dominion University, Dr. Becker was a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health and has been an invited faculty member at Harvard’s’ School of Public Health. In 2011, Becker was a member of a three-person assistance team that was invited to Japan in response to the earthquake-tsunami and accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.  He has also served as a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements since 2005 and was a Kreitman Scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel from 1996 to 1997.

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