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Dec. 19, 2017

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) is pleased to announce the winners for best paper in Risk Analysis: An International Journal, best posters for 2017 and the inaugural Images of Risk Competition. The Editorial staff of Risk Analysis selected the 2017 Best Paper award winners. These papers made the most significant impacts on the theory or practice of risk analysis. Judges, as well as members of the society via popular vote, selected the poster winners during the conference’s annual poster session the evening prior. Meeting attendees selected the winner of the Images of Risk competition, which featured original images created by students, practitioners and academia. The awardees include: 

Best Papers:

Jakob D. Jensen, University of Utah, Manusheela Pokharel, University of Utah, Courtney L. Scherr, Northwestern University, Andy J. King, Texas Tech University, Natasha Brown, Indiana University, and Christina Jones, University of Wisconsin, for Communicating Uncertain Science to the Public: How Amount and Source of Uncertainty Impact Fatalism, Backlash, and Overload. 37(1):40-51. 

Nicole Van Abel, University of Washington, Mary E. Schoen, Soller Environmental, LLC, John C. Kissel, University of Washington, and J. Scott Meschke, University of Washington, for Comparison or Risk Predicted by Multiple Norovirus Dose-Response Models and Implications for Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment. 37(2):245-264.

Madison Sween, Oregon State University, Andrea Ceschi, University of Verona, Francesco Tommasi, University of Verona, Ricardo Sartori, University of Verona, and Joshua Weller, Tilburg University, for Who is a Distracted Driver? Associations Between Mobile Phone Use While Driving, Domain-Specific Risk-Taking, and Personality. 37(11):2119-2131.

Kimberly M. Thompson and Nima D. Badizadegan, from Kid Risk, Inc., for Modeling the Transmission of Measles and Rubella to Support Global Management Policy Analyses and Eradication Investment Cases. 37(6):1109-1131.

Best Posters:                           

Nikki McClaran, Michigan State University, for “Science in the news: The politicization of fracking.”

Charles Redinger, Redinger 360, Inc., for “Awareness-based risk management: Seeing, transforming, and unleashing organizational capacity.”

Kristen Schell, University of Michigan, Seth Guikema, University of Michigan, and Pierre Pinson, Technical University of Denmark, for “Assessing the risk of wind drought for wind farms.”

Kathleen Rose, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dietram A. Scheufele, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Michael A. Xenos, University of Wisconsin – Madison, for “Engaging with human gene editing: public views toward decision-making about controversial scientific issues.”

Alvin Leung, Public Health Ontario, John G. Minnery, Public Health Ontario, and Rena Chung, Public Health Ontario, for “Identification of potential biological hazards in groundwater underlying cemeteries and graveyards.”

Joseph Steinhardt, Michigan State University, for “What’s numbers got to do with it? The role of statistical content in risk perception about road safety.”

Images of Risk Competition:

Overall winner: Seth Guikema and Roger Flage, University of Stavanger, for their image “Helleren, Norway. Houses under the Cliff.”

Practitioner Category: Anne Michiels van Kessenich, Gemeente Haarlem, for her image “Children’s Understanding of Risk II.”

Student Category: Rexanna Powers, Texas Tech University, for her image “Soft Sunset.” The award winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the SRA conference in Arlington, Virginia on Dec. 12, 2017.

Melanie Preve