Specialty Group Reports November/December 2012

Risk Communication Specialty Group

Craig Trumbo, Chair

The Risk Communication Specialty Group (RCSG) is looking forward to a very engaging schedule at the 2012 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. We’ll have a great number of posters on display at the opening reception and some 14 sessions and symposia over the three days of the convention. The preliminary schedule is now on the SRA website (www.sra.org); please check out our offerings.

The business meeting will be held Monday, 10 December, from 12 to 12:30. During the meeting we’ll vote to approve specialty group bylaws (to be circulated in advance) and will select the next chair-elect, student representative, and webmaster. At this writing we are currently reviewing papers submitted for the Exxon student paper award; we’ll make that announcement then. RCSG will then be turned over to the capable leadership of Robyn Wilson. A pleasant upcoming task will be the implementation of the group’s website. SRA is rolling at its redesigned website and will provide a platform for specialty groups. Organizing and presenting our material will be a fun activity for the next year. We might want a couple webmasters!


Dose Response Specialty Group


George Woodall, Chair

The Dose Response Specialty Group (DRSG) will be holding elections in November for three posts on the Executive Committee: chair-elect (one year as chair-elect, one year as chair, and a third year as the past chair), secretary/treasurer (two-year term), and councilor-at-large (two-year term). We look forward to announcing the winning candidates prior to the 2012 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

DRSG is pleased to report that we will be sponsoring eight sessions, covering approximately 35 individual presentations, and 20 posters at the upcoming annual meeting. DRSG will again be co-sponsoring a mixer with the Exposure Assessment Specialty Group and the Microbial Risk Analysis Specialty Group—please plan to attend this mixer event during the meeting (Tuesday evening, 11 December), as well as the DRSG business meeting (lunchtime on Monday, 10 December).

As a reminder, DRSG has developed a group on LinkedIn to help facilitate communication and outreach (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4353900&trk=hb_side_g). Please consider joining our LinkedIn community, as well as the long-standing Yahoo group (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DRSG/). We are hoping that increasing our online presence will increase awareness of our activities, especially with students and their academic advisors.

DRSG is also putting forward a proposal to increase participation of local students and academics during the annual SRA meetings, a topic that will be discussed at DRSG events during the meeting, as well as with the specialty group chairs and the SRA Council. Kan Shao (shao.kan@epa.gov) is also continuing his efforts to increase DRSG participation by academics and students; please contact Kan if you have suggestions or would like to assist in his efforts to increase student and academic involvement in DRSG.


Decision Analysis and Risk Specialty Group

President Jim Lambert, President-elect Myriam Merad, Secretary/Treasurer Chris Karvetski, Secretary/Treasurer-elect Matthew Bates, Past President Jeff Keisler, and Past Past President Tom Seager

Decision Analysis and Risk Specialty Group (DARSG) members, we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco for an entire track of oral and poster-platform presentations and posters. We received nearly 180 abstracts for DARSG alone and the quality and quantity of the result is impressive. Check the preliminary program at the sra.org website for the details.

Our annual DARSG business meeting will be held at the 2012 SRA Annual Meeting on Monday, 10 December, as described in the program. Please send ahead or bring your nominations for the 2013 president-elect to this business meeting. We do not elect a new secretary/treasurer at this meeting since it is a two-year term of office.

Congratulations to the two 2012 winners of the DARSG student merit award competition. Be sure to attend the presentations of the winning students in San Francisco: Douglas Bassette will present “Decision Aiding for the Creation of Energy Strategies” and Danail Hristozov will present “A Weight of Evidence Approach for Hazard Screening of Engineered Nanomaterials.” The students will receive cash awards and complimentary registrations for the annual meeting.

Our DARSG founding president, Dr. Igor Linkov, produced an eight-minute video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbts9glxxQA) on the outcomes of the SRA- and DARSG-sponsored NATO Advanced Research Workshop “Sustainable Cities and Military Installations: Climate Change Impacts on Energy and Environmental Security,” which convened in Hella, Iceland, in June 2012. This event had the participation of many DARSG members. Expect to hear more details of the results at the annual meeting.

Jim Lambert is the co-editor with Yacov Haimes of the Risk Analysis special issue on the “Risk of Extreme and Catastrophic Events.” This special issue should appear in print by the time of the 2012 SRA Annual Meeting, as most papers are appearing online as this newsletter goes to press.

Please contact DARSG President (through December 2012) Jim Lambert at lambert@virginia.edu with your latest ideas for continuing education, symposia, journal papers or perspectives, and other service of DARSG to the SRA and beyond.