Greater Boston PSR Members:
Learn About, Speak Out About Health Impacts of Nuclear Weapons
Attend Feb 23rd PSR Webinar on Nuclear Weapons
Did you know that a limited nuclear weapons exchange could result in a global nuclear famine? Are you aware of how our new Senator Scott Brown may influence the future of important treaties like the Comprehensive Test Ban (CTBT)? Do you want to write a letter to the editor about nuclear nonproliferation but don’t have all the facts?
To help you learn more and get the most up to date information on the medical consequences of nuclear war, the current status of nuclear weapons treaties and policy initiatives, and the relevance of the upcoming Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference at the UN in May, please join us for the first in a new series of webinars to help you learn to speak out with confidence on our core issues. Nukes 101: The Medical Consequences of Nuclear War - Tuesday, February 23rd at 8:30 PM Eastern / 5:30 PM Pacific, will be led by national PSR board member and longtime anti-nuclear advocate Dr. Ira Helfand of Pioneer Valley, MA.
RSVP by emailing email@example.com with "Nukes 101"in the subject heading by next Monday Feb 22nd.
PSR Nuclear Weapons section
Clark Abt PhD available to speak on nuclear power, renewable energy, and other issues
Dr. Clark Abt, GBPSR Steering Committee member and an expert on nuclear power issues, is available to speak on the risks, high costs, and limited benefits of nuclear power from economic, political, and environmental perspectives. He can also speak on a range of other issues relating to energy, transportation, economics and sustainable development including the following: How to Create Green Jobs, Electric Vehicles, Savings from Renewable Energy, The Economics and Ethics of Health Care Policy, and Sustainable International Economic Development.
Dr. Abt, founder and chairman emeritus of Abt Associates, Inc., has 50 years of experience working on nuclear strategy, arms control, and nuclear terrorism. He is Distinguished Prof. of Management, Cambridge College; Adjunct Prof. of Energy and Sustainable International Development, Brandeis Univ.; Lecturer on Renewable Energy Engineering, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. He has held teaching and research appointments at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Boston, Brandeis, and SUNY universities, and authored ten books. In the early nineties, he served as Director of Boston University's Defense Technology Conversion Center. He is a director of Economists for Peace and Security, and the UN Association of Greater Boston.
Dr. Abt is willing to travel within an hour of Boston provided there is a sufficient audience of 30 or more people, with a priority being health, medical and university settings, or concerned community groups. To request a presentation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GBPSR Meets in DC with Organizations on Aging, Health Policy
GBPSR's Healthy Aging authors recently met with representatives from a number of major national organizations working on aging, health, and policy issues to continue our national outreach to discuss findings of our report, and develop partnerships to forward cross cutting solutions. The organizations included the Gerontological Society of America's National Academy on an Aging Society, AARP's Policy Institute, the National Council on Aging (NCOA), National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Alliance for Aging Research, and the National Health Policy Forum. We also met with the Senate Special Committee on Aging to discuss ways to inform Senate members on environmental health as it relates to national policy initiatives. We were joined by EPA Aging Institute senior advisor Kathy Sykes. Our work was well received and our discussions fruitful. We are working to build collaborations with these organizations to help bring environmental health challenges and solutions to their millions of older constituents.
Healthy Aging Co-Author Dr. Jill Stein, Senate Special Committee on Aging Policy Advisor Cara Goldstein, Healthy Aging Co-Author Dr. Ted Schettler, and EPA’s Aging Initiative Senior Advisor Kathy Sykes.
Boston University Nursing Collaborative Seminar on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Seminar invitation and flyer
On January 21, the Environmental Health Nursing Education Collaborative, jointly organized by the Boston University Superfund Research Program (BU SRP) and the Harvard NIEHS Center for Environmental Health, presented a two-hour seminar on endocrine disrupting chemicals to more than thirty attendees. The audience, including nurses, nursing faculty members, and nursing students, gained an improved understanding of endocrine disruption by environmental toxicants from Dr. Russ Hauser, MD, ScD, MPH, of Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD, of Boston University School of Public Health and the BU SRP Research Translation Core, and Rebecca Williams, BSN, RN, MPH, of Bunker Hill Community College. Attendees were advised of steps that nurses can take to reduce exposure to endocrine disrupting toxicants and provide guidance to their patients. http://www.busrp.org/news.html
Presentations and resources from the seminar are available at www.ehnursing.org.
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Join PSR's DC Days April 28-29th - Share Your Expertise with our Representatives
PSR's annual Washington DC Days will provide an opportunity for PSR members to attend meetings at the offices of our MA Senators and Congresspeople to inform them of our issues and encourage their support for policies that promote peace and health. Register today - contact the GBPSR office at email@example.com.
Join GBPSR's "Health Ambassador" Speaker's Bureau
Do you have expertise on PSR issues you could share with others at grand rounds, professional meetings, other venues? Are you interested in attending webinar trainings on environmental health, nuclear weapons, veteran's health and other issues to learn how to speak on these issues? Then sign up for PSR's new "Health Ambassador's" program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office and get active!
Health and Environment Assistance Resources (HEAR) Database
The HEAR database is a collaborative project of GBPSR and Alternatives for Community & Environment, Toxics Action Center, and the Boston University School of Public Health. HEAR was developed to increase and diversify the legal, scientific, medical and technical expertise available to community groups with environmental and public health concerns. Do you have expertise you can share? Sign up for the database now!
New article in the From Research
to Real Life Series: "Make No Bones About It: Environmental Contaminants Impact Osteogenesis and the Immune System"
WELCOME! to our new 2010-2012 GBPSR Steering Committee
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility is governed by a Steering Committee elected by GBPSR members for a two year term.
A warm welcome to our new Steering Committee members, Drs. Nassir Ghaemi, John Walsh, and Maggie Zhou and a welcome back to our returning Steering Committee members.
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