DU Symposium in NYC - June 14, 2003

from: Stephen Kent,  June 10, 2003

Please visit the www.nuclearpolicy.org website and register for this DU symposium Saturday, June 14 in New York.  It's an important and very rare opportunity at a public forum to cut through the intensely politicized and media-spun DU debate  and bring to light the best available scientific, medical and legal information on health and environmental effects, legality, and the need for monitoring and clean-up.  Guaranteed to hone your arguments, a good platform to register your voice on this urgent issue.  See below -- Steve Kent


Source:  Nuclear Policy Research Institute
1925 K Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20006  ph / 202-822-9800 fax/

Contact: Christine Haenn  202/822-9800; Christine@nuclearpolicy.org

June 14 New York Symposium On Depleted Uranium

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) will sponsor a public  symposium on June 14, 2003 at the New York Academy of Medicine on the Health Effects of Depleted Uranium Munitions.    The New York Academy of Medicine is located on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street in Manhattan.  The symposium takes place from 8:45am through 5:15pm.  For complete information and on-line registration, go to www.nuclearpolicy.org.

The event will focus on the potential medical effects of depleted uranium and the legal ramifications for its use,  especially with regard to the controversy over clean up of munitions and tanks scattered across Iraq in the wake of the recent war, in which  vastly more DU in more populated areas was used than in the 1991 Gulf War. 

The symposium gathers from around the world experts on all sides of the issue, including those who have been quoted in recent media coverage of the depleted uranium controversy and/or  have done important scientific reserarch in this area.  Leading scientists and experts will help refocus the DU debate on scientific and factual points, and present their findings in an accessible way .   Policy recommendations will be presented and questions will be taken from the audience.  Scheduled speakers include:

Helen Caldicott, MD  -- President, NPRI; internationally known expert/author on nuclear weapons, Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Steve Fetter, Ph.D. --  Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Robert Alvarez -- Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies; Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy from 1993 to 1999

Dan Fahey -- internationally known expert on depleted uranium

Jan Olaf Snihs  --Scientific Team Leader, Post Conflict Assessment Unit, United Nations Environmental Program.

Dr. Avril McDonald -- Researcher, TMC Asser Institute for International Law, The Hague

Hari Sharma, Ph. D. -- Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Donald Louria, M.D. -- Chairman Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School

Randall Parrish -- Research Professor of Isotope Geology, University of Leicester; Head, Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, UK Natural Environment
Research Council

Thomas B. Cochran, Ph.D. -- Director, Nuclear Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

George Woodwell, Ph.D. -- Founder, Woods Hole Research Center

David J. Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc. -- Professor of Radiation Oncology and Public Health and Director of Radiological Research Accelerator Facility, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Thomas M. Fasy, MD, Ph.D. -- Associate Professor of Pathology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, departing June 15 for Iraq on a DU fact-finding mission

Concerned citizens, scientists and journalists are encouraged to attend. 
For further media information, please call or email Christine Haenn
Public information also available at http://www.nuclearpolicy.org


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