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Stress-Related Inflammation May Increase Risk for Depression (10/20/14, Mount Sinai Hospital)


Massive Debris Pile Reveals Risk of Huge Tsunamis in Hawaii (10/20/14, American Geophysical Union)


AHRQ Study: CT & Kidney Stones - Ultrasound as Effective as CT in Diagnosing Kidney Stones Without Added Radiation Risk: AHRQ-funded Study (10/17/14, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)


IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report (10/15/14, United Nations Environment Programme); see Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability


Germany’s Biggest-ever Bilateral Cooperation for Rescue Services - Germany and China to Showcase World-Unique Project at INTERSCHUTZ 2015 (10/15/14, Interschutz)


Research to Inform Public Health Practices for Ebola - Public Workshop Nov. 3 (10/15/14, National Academies); plenary sessions and discussions will be webcast; more information is available here


Framework to Guide Assessment of Chemical Alternatives (10/10/14, National Academies); read A Framework to Guide Selection of Chemical Alternatives


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INTERSCHUTZ 2015 - International Exhibition for Rescue, Fire Prevention, Disaster Relief, Safety and Security, will be held June 8–13, 2015, at the Exhibition Grounds, Hannover, Germany. Go to (posted 10/20/14)


Postgraduate Certificate Program in Risk Analysis in Health and Food Safety, March 2015 – September 2015, offered by EpiX Analytics and the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London, will begin March 2, 2015. The program is composed of three modules. Each of the first two modules will be three weeks long—two weeks of on-site classroom time and one week of reading and assessment conducted online. The third module will be conducted online for 14 weeks—11 weeks of online delivery and three weeks of consolidation over the summer. (Download PDF for more detail about modules.)


Information on the program contents and structure, application and registration process, and fees is available at The application deadline is February 4, 2015, but those who are interested in applying for the certificate program on the UKPASS website and will require a visa are encouraged to begin planning now. Also, those who have previously attended an EpiX Analytics animal health, food safety, or epidemiology risk analysis course may apply for a Module 1 exemption, which provides a 1200 discount off the certificate tuition fee. Please direct questions to Barbara O’Neill at (posted 10/17/14)


Modeling the Health Risks of Climate Change, an Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions workshop organized by the National Research Council, will examine the current state of development of models that project the future health risks of climate change and will explore new methods to integrate health risks into models of the aggregated impacts of climate change. The event, free and open to the public, will be held November 3–4, 2014, at the Pew Charitable Trusts D.C. Conference Center, Washington, D.C., and will also be webcast. Register here to attend. For information, go to (posted 10/01/14)


RiskMinds Asia Conference, will be held November 17–20, 2014, at the St. Regis Singapore. Some 70 speakers—CROs, regulators, and senior risk practitioners from Asian and global big banks, asset management, and insurance firms—will analyze and discuss the latest trends in liquidity, operational risk, conduct risk, market risk, ERM, stress testing, and shadow banking. A full day of practical workshops with expert leaders on governance, risk and compliance, stress testing, and model risk will be held on November 20. Get a 15% discount by quoting VIP: FKN2389RW on (posted 10/01/14)


Risk Analysis Program of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Registering Now for Fall and Winter Courses. Links to classroom and online courses beginning in October and November are listed in RiskWorldʼs events calendar. (updated 9/29/14)


Quant Risk Americas 2014, October 28–29, 2014, New York City, with pre-event master classes on October 27. (updated 9/29/14, 10/9/14)


U.S. EPA Releases Final Report Next Generation Risk Assessment: Incorporation of Recent Advances in Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology. This report describes how new molecular, computational, and systems biology data and approaches that are faster, less resource intensive, and more robust (together called "NexGen") could better inform risk assessment. Learn more about the NexGen program at Download the report (PDF) (EPA/600/R-14/004, 196 pp, 5 MB). (released 9/26/14)


Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015 Conference and Meeting: Advancing the Policy Frontier, March 19–20, 2015, at The Marvin Center at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. See call for presentations and workshop proposals, due October 17, 2014. Go to the conference web site at (posted 8/13/14)


Handbook of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors - Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy 64, by Mario D. Carelli and Dan T. Ingersoll, has been published and is now available for purchase through Amazon. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are an advanced, safe type of nuclear reactor technology that are suitable for small- and medium-sized applications, including power and heat generation. In particular, their use as individual units or in combination to scale-up capacity offers benefits in terms of siting, installation, operation, lifecycle and economics, compared to the development of a larger nuclear plant for centralized electricity power grids. Interest has increased in the research and development of SMRs for developing countries and such additional cogeneration options as industrial/chemical process heat, desalination and district heating, and hydrogen production. This book reviews key issues in SMR development, as well as international research and development in the field. Read this flyer for additional information on the handbook and ordering it. (posted 3/31/14; updated 8/13/14)




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