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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis to Offer Six Workshops on March 18, 2015, Prior to Its Annual Conference and Meeting. Topics are listed in the workshop flyer. To register and for more information, go to See the conference link below. (posted 1/22/2015)

Registration Is Open for Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Seventh
Annual Conference and Meeting, March 19–20, 2015, The Marvin Center at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  Read more(posted 1/7/15)


Tales from a Risk Blogger Who Tries to Avoid Fanning the Flames, January 26, 2015, by RiskWorld contributor Carolyn Evans. When RiskWorld went looking for risk blogs to feature, one of the first to be recommended was Michael Jayjock’s Human Health Risk Assessment to Chemicals, which one long-time reader called a “thoughtful” look at today’s risk assessment issues. RiskWorld contributor Carolyn Evans interviewed Dr. Jayjock and reports here on his experience as a blogger.


Value of U.S. Mineral Production Increases Despite Lower Metal Prices (1/30/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

Sugar Key to Lowering Osteoarthritis Risk – People at Risk of Osteoarthritis Following Orthopaedic Surgery Could Be Helped by New Way to Protect Cartilage from Damage (1/28/15, The University of Edinburgh)

Farmers in Malawi Need Urgent Help After Heavy Flooding – Prompt Access to Seeds and Livestock Will Help Reboot Local Food Production (1/28/15, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Historical Hydraulic Fracturing Trends and Data Unveiled in New USGS Publications (1/27/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

First of its Kind Guide Launched to Enable True Valuation of Ecosystems in Some of the World’s Smallest and Most Vulnerable Economies (1/26/15, United Nations Environment Programme)

Better, Smarter, Healthier: In Historic Announcement, HHS Sets Clear Goals and Timeline for Shifting Medicare Reimbursements from Volume to Value (1/26/15, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Underground Can Lace Arsenic into Groundwater (1/26/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

Got Bees? Got Vitamin A? Got Malaria? Research Shows Loss of Pollinators Increases Risk of Malnutrition and Disease (1/26/15, The University of Vermont)

Study of Former NFL Players Reveals Specifics of Concussive Brain Damage – Research Results Support Calls for Better Player Protections (1/26/15, Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Bridging the Knowledge Gap on Non-plastic Food Contact Materials (1/23/15, European Food Safety Authority)

Sea-Level Rise, Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, and Geohazards Are Among Priorities for Ocean Science Over Next Decade (1/23/15, National Academies);  read Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences (2015)

Academy Honors Four for Major Contributions in Neuroscience, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (1/22/15, National Academies) [Note: The recipients include Scott D. Sagan, Caroline S. G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, who has received the 2015 William and Katherine Estes Award, which recognizes basic research in any field of cognitive or behavioral science that uses rigorous formal and empirical methods to advance our understanding of issues relating to the risk of nuclear war.]

NIH Researchers Tackle Thorny Side of Gene Therapy – Pre-clinical Studies in Mice Reveal Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk with Modified Treatment (1/20/2015, National Institutes of Health)

Joint Industry Project (JIP) Launched to Facilitate Diagnosis and Decision-making for Nuclear Emergency Management (1/20/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy)

Review of Human Health Risk Assessments at California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (1/20/15, National Academies); read Review of California’s Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides (2015)

Soil Science Society of America Wants You to Know That “Soils Support Urban Life” (1/20/15, Soil Science Society of America)

Dutch Rally Support for a Europe Wide Microplastic Ban (1/16/15, United Nations Environment Programme)

IOM Report Proposes Professional Standards for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data; Recommends Data That Support Results Should Be Shared No Later Than Six Months After Publication (1/14/15, National Academies); read Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk (2015)

Up to 5,000 Europeans Joined jihad, Europol Chief Says (1/14/15, EU Observer)

Improving Rail Tank Car Safety, Commercial Trucking, Among the NTSB’s Most Wanted List for 2015 (1/13/15, National Transportation Safety Board)

Report Offers a Framework to Help Policymakers, Researchers, and Other Stakeholders Analyze the Effects of Potential Changes to the U.S. Food System (1/13/15, National Academies); read A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System

Transboundary Animal Diseases: What Are the Risks in the EU and What Does EFSA Do?  (1/13/15, European Food Safety Authority)

Panel Cites Need for Individualized, Patient-centered Approach to Treat and Monitor Chronic Pain  (1/12/15, National Institutes of Health)

A New Toolbox to Rank Risks  (1/9/15, European Food Safety Authority)