Beate G. Liepert is a climate scientist at NorthWest Research Associates in Seattle, Washington, and an adjunct research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. Her pioneering work on global dimming (the observation that air pollution can dim sunlight and mask global warming) was featured in the BBC documentary “Dimming the Sun.” She contributed this research to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. Her more recent work focuses on solar power and alternative energy use.
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Adam Mount is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Previously, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before that, he worked on nuclear elimination contingencies at the RAND Corporation. Mount's writing has been published by Foreign Affairs, Survival, The National Interest, The Diplomat, Democracy, and other outlets. He holds a doctorate in government from Georgetown University. His work is supported by a grant from the Ploughshares Fund.
A physicist trained at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Podvig works on the Russian nuclear arsenal, US-Russian relations, and nonproliferation. In 1995, he headed the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces Research Project, editing the project’s eponymous book, which provides an overview of the Soviet and Russian strategic forces and the technical capabilities of Russia's strategic weapon systems. His blog, "Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces," updates this information in real time.
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Stover is a science writer based in the Pacific Northwest and is a contributing editor at the Bulletin. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Conservation, Popular Science, New Scientist, The New York Times, and other publications. One of her articles is included in the 2010 Best American Science and Nature Writing, and another article was awarded a special citation by the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.
Suzuki is the vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and a member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in Japan. The goal of this personal column is to inform the public with clearer information of what is happening in Japan. The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station continues to unfold, and these updates reflect what the understanding of the tragedy is at the time of publishing; the statements are likely to change as more information is understood. The views expressed here are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the JAEC or the government.
Ariane Tabatabai is a visiting assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a former associate in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard University. Previously, she was a nonresident research associate with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Belfer Center in 2013 and 2014, and received her PhD in War Studies from the Department of War Studies, King's College London in 2015.
Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the National Interest, Haaretz, and Al-Monitor, among other publications. She is a frequent media commentator on nuclear issues in English, French, and Persian, on such outlets as NPR, the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and France24.
Jeff Terry is a professor of physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where his main research focus is on energy systems. His group works to develop new ways of dealing with radioactive waste; understand radiation damage mechanisms in materials; and synthesize novel materials for energy storage and conversion. He also simulates the economic costs of building new energy systems, including small modular nuclear reactors. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Tech, he was a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. There, he worked on the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and was a member of the team that sent the first waste shipment to WIPP. He is a former scientific director of the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility. Terry received his doctorate in chemical physics from Stanford University in 1997 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1990.
Lovely Umayam is a graduate student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the founder and chief writer of Bombshelltoe, a blog exploring the intersection of nuclear policy and pop culture. Her blog won first prize in the US State Department’s Innovation in Arms Control Challenge in 2013. She is based in Washington, DC, where she works on nuclear safeguard issues, and previously studied Chinese nuclear policy in Beijing.