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SOCIETY FOR RISK ANALYSIS ANNOUNCES ITS NEW 2017 COUNCIL

January 4, 2016 During its Annual Meeting, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) announced the addition of three new Council members and the rise of Margaret MacDonell, PhD of Argonne National Laboratories, as the new President of its 2017 Council. MacDonell succeeds James H. Lambert, PhD of the University of Virginia who has completed his term […]

The Health Risks of Being Employed Are Changing in the U.S. and Globally

Nov. 12, 2018 While most large corporations take responsibility for occupational risks, many partake in transferring these risks to smaller companies and the informal sector, where health risks are unrecognized and under-reported. More than half of the workers in many developing economies work in the informal sector where there are few, or no, workplace health […]

Society for Risk Analysis Presents Several Studies on the Continued Threat of Foodborne Illnesses

Oct. 2017 Although the quality and safety of food produced and sold in the U.S. remains high, outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to occur. Risk assessments are needed to better monitor and control foodborne pathogens. Measuring the risk of foodborne illnesses, along with the burden associated with them, helps the public understand their impact and […]

THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF VOLCANO ALERTS

While volcano alerts keep risk-area residents informed of volcanic hazards, a new study finds that alerts issued during long periods of volcanic unrest can negatively impact a region’s economy Herndon, Va. (February 26, 2021) – The Volcano Alert Level (VAL) system, standardized by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 2006, is meant to save […]

MAPPING COVID RISK IN URBAN AREAS: A WAY TO KEEP THE ECONOMY OPEN

Researchers in India use GIS mapping to identify city neighborhoods at highest risk of a COVID outbreak—helping officials place targeted restrictions to avoid an economic shutdown Herndon, Va. (March 24, 2021) – As COVID-19 vaccines slowly roll out across the world, government officials in densely populated countries must still manage vulnerable communities at highest risk […]

HOW MANY COUNTRIES ARE READY FOR NUCLEAR-POWERED ELECTRICITY?

A study of 126 nations suggests that many lack the capacity to safely deploy nuclear power on their own As demand for low-carbon electricity rises around the world, nuclear power offers a promising solution. But how many countries are good candidates for nuclear energy development? A new study in the Journal Risk Analysis suggests that […]

SOCIETY FOR RISK ANALYSIS RELEASES RISK ANALYSIS QUALITY TEST

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) has launched a Risk Analysis Quality Test (RAQT), a battery of many one-question tests, as an innovative approach to evaluate the quality of risk analyses supporting risk management decisions. SRA encourages risk analysists, decision makers, experts and non-experts, to apply this battery of tests to evaluate all aspects of […]

SRA Elections: 2022 Council

Below you will find the bios and goal statements for each of the nominees for next year’s Council. Please take a moment to review each of the documents before casting your vote. Please check your email for access to the ballot. President Elect Katherine von Stackelberg | Frank Hearl Treasurer-elect Andrew Rak | Jonathan Welburn […]

MICROGRIDS AND SOLAR REDUCE RISK OF POWER OUTAGES

Embargoed for Release Until December 7, 2021 New research on microgrids and solar backup systems, and a wildfire outage vulnerability map for the state of California Climate change is fueling more floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms across the United States. As a result, aging power grids are being pushed beyond their limits, sometimes with […]

TRACKING INEQUITIES AND HEALTH IMPACTS OF FLOODING

Embargoed for Release Until December 9, 2021 New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts Flooding is the most expensive natural disaster in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), costing the country more than $1 trillion in […]