| The use of radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes (especially for cancer therapy) has proven to be invaluable for society. However, the health risks from radiation exposures are an important concern to the public, workers in hospitals, aviation, and nuclear industry and patients treated therapeutically with radiation. The precise nature of radiation risks can both be over and under-stated in the media, workplace and educational environments. In the past year, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements has made concerted efforts to address the growing problem in the radiation sciences due to reduced funding for radiation scientists, apparent disparities between recommendations and confusion in information disseminated from different sources. In response to this growing problem, the Radiation Research Society is initiating a program of outreach to high school science teachers in order to advance its goal of informing the general public about basic radiation biological and health effects. |
This outreach program will begin with a special workshop on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the annual RRS meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada (9/21-24/2014). The workshop will include a multidisciplinary seminar series on topics related to radiation that are linked to the Next Generation Science Standards with overviews of radiation physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. Topics will span the basic principles of ionizing radiation action, radiation detection and practical applications, biological effects, health risks, careers in radiation science, and special topics such as radiation therapy, space radiation and nuclear accidents. Attendees will be invited to join speakers and other society members for a hosted lunch and RRS will facilitate teaming of teachers with society members in their communities for development of curriculum materials and lesson plans. This new initiative will complement ongoing efforts by RRS to educate graduate students and post-doctoral research in the basics and emerging breakthroughs in radiation science.