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Energy Department Announces New Investments in Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors (10/31/14, U.S. Department of Energy); note that GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy is partnering with Argonne National Laboratory to develop and modernize next-generation probabilistic risk assessment methodologies


Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis to Be Published by Cambridge Journals from 2015 (10/31/14, Cambridge University Press)


Webcast, November 3, 8:30 AM EST: Ebola Research to Inform Public Health Practices Public Workshop (10/30/14, National Academies); advance registration is required for live video webcast, see meting agenda


Nanosafety Research – There’s Room for Improvement: The Quest for the Gold Standard (10/29/14, Empa Switzerland)


RiskBusiness Enhances Audit, Compliance and Governances
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Leading Infrastructure Firm Global Road Technology Working with the Indian Government and World Bank to Address Road Safety (10/24/14, PR Newswire)


Americans Toss 40 Percent of Food Produced, While 50 Million Go Hungry; New Report Raises Concerns about Food Waste in U.S. (10/24/14, National Consumers League); read report Wasted: Solutions to the American Food Waste Problem


What's Your Appetite for Risk? (10/23/14, Kogan Page)


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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 November are listed in RiskWorldʼs events calendar. (updated 10/30/14)


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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