President Barack Obama today named Allison Macfarlane, chair of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as his choice to lead the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Macfarlane also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.
Macfarlane is associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and is an affiliate of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society and Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. An expert on nuclear waste, she is the author of Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste.
"Allison Macfarlane will bring enormous scientific expertise and policy skill to the leadership of the NRC," said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin. "She is dedicated to nuclear safety and scientific integrity. She respects the public's need for openness and transparency and will bring a spirit of rigor to the commission's debates and decisions. She is a brilliant choice for the NRC."
If her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Macfarlane will replace current chairman Gregory Jaczko, who, on May 21, announced his resignation, effective upon the confirmation of his successor.
Macfarlane has chaired the Bulletin's Science and Security Board since 2008, and has authored numerous articles for the Bulletin over the years.
The Bulletin is now accepting submissions from high school students, college undergraduates, and graduate students for its upcoming feature, Voices of Tomorrow. One lucky author will win a trip to the 2013 Doomsday Clock Symposium.
Former Governing Board Chair Bill Revelle and his wife, Eleanor, have announced that they will double every gift made to the Bulletin before May 31 for increased coverage of climate and energy issues, up to a total of $50,000.
Dr. George Poste, Co-Director and Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems (http://casi.asu.edu/) and Regents’ Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation at Arizona State University, has joined the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, effective March 2013.
Applications for the Bulletin's 2013 Leonard M. Rieser undergraduate fellowships are due March 15, 2013
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