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Event First Chernobyl, Now Fukushima: Differences and Similarities
When Friday, March 15, 2013 from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Where Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center ICC 302-P
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Details Many of the likely causes of the observed declines in animals in Chernobyl have been documented and include reduced survival and longevity, high rates of developmental abnormalities (including tumors), reduced fertility, reduced cognitive abilities (perhaps caused by the smaller brains observed in Chernobyl birds), and increased rates of cataracts in the eyes, among other likely mechanisms. Many of these effects can be attributed to the significantly elevated mutation rates that have been reported for many Chernobyl populations.

It seems possible that many of the effects that have been observed in Chernobyl but not yet seen in Fukushima are the product of multiple generations of exposure and consequent mutation-accumulation rather than the effects of acute exposure although a recent study of birds and insects has found significant declines in some groups, and there is conclusive evidence of genetically based mutations that have increased over time for butterflies. A key conclusion from current knowledge is that an intensive research program should be initiated to compare and contrast the effects of mutagens stemming from the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters in natural populations so that accurate predictions may be generated related to the long term consequences of radiological events and the likely risks to human populations in these regions.

Speaker Bio

Professor Timothy Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGill University and completed a NSERC (Canada) postdoctoral fellowship in population biology at the University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Professor Mousseau’s past experience includes having served as Dean of the Graduate School (2010-11), Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education (2010-11), Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences (2006-10), as a Program Officer for the Population Biology program at the National Science Foundation (1997-98), on the editorial boards for several journals, and on NSF, USGS, and a variety of international grant foundation advisory panels. He is currently serving on the National Academy of Sciences panel to analyze cancer risks in populations near nuclear facilities.

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