Press Releases

24 May 2012

Obama nominates Allison Macfarlane to lead NRC

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.

27 March 2012

International roundtable series launches on nuclear disarmament and economic development

Today on its website, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists launches a new monthly Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Development Roundtable series in which experts from emerging and developing countries debate crucial, timely topics in nuclear energy, nuclear proliferation, and economic development.

10 January 2012

Doomsday Clock moves to five minutes to midnight

It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007.

4 January 2012

Doomsday Clock announcement to follow international symposium in Washington, DC

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will announce whether or not it is moving the minute hand of its famous "Doomsday Clock" at 1 p.m. EST/1800 GMT on January 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Doomsday Clock announcement will follow year-long deliberations culminating in the 3rd Annual Doomsday Clock Symposium on January 9, 2012.

19 December 2011

3rd Annual Doomsday Clock Symposium, January 9, 2012

The Science and Security Board and the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with participation from the Sponsors, will consider the implications of recent events and trends for the future of humanity at the annual Doomsday Clock Symposium.

3 August 2011

Jonathan B. Tucker, noted biosecurity expert, 1954-2011

Jonathan B. Tucker, member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board and leading biosecurity expert, died recently at his home in Washington, DC. His passing leaves an enormous void in the global community of experts on biotechnology, biological weapons, chemical weapons, nonproliferation, arms control, and disease.

8 June 2011

Bulletin names 2011 Rieser Fellow

Shahrzad Mohtadi, a rising sophomore at Columbia University in New York City, has been selected for the Bulletin's 2011 Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship to pursue a study of "Climate-induced migration and its responses." Her project will focus on southeastern Turkey, which has been affected by severe drought since 2006.

In addition to receiving funding for her travel and research, Mohtadi will be invited to participate in the organization's November 2011 Doomsday Clock Symposium and to submit her report for possible publication in the Bulletin.

3 June 2011

Cathryn Cronin Cranston, former Chair of the Board of Directors, dies

Cathryn Cronin Cranston, past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, died on May 31. While serving as chair from 2005-2009, she helped lead the Bulletin through a major transformation, reconnecting the publication to its roots in the science, technology, and security policy community, and moving it to all-digital publishing.

20 July 2010

Rob Socolow receives Keystone Award for environmental leadership

Robert Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and a member of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board, has received the Keystone Award for Leadership in the Environment, in recognition of his work on global carbon management and fossil-carbon sequestration.

11 February 2010

Allison Macfarlane named to Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

Allison Macfarlane, an associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University and chair of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board, has been named by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.

14 January 2010

It is 6 minutes to midnight

We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons. For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material. And for the first time ever, industrialized and developing countries alike are pledging to limit climate-changing gas emissions that could render our planet nearly uninhabitable.

8 January 2010

Hands of the "Doomsday Clock" to be moved in New York City and seen live on web for first time ever

he Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will move the minute hand of its famous "Doomsday Clock" at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on January 14, 2010 in New York City. For the first time ever, the event will be opened up to the general public via a live Web feed at http://www.TurnBackTheClock.org.

14 August 2009

Stephen Hawking awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, was awarded the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on August 12. Hawking was among 16 recipients of the award.

America's highest civilian honor, the medal recipients were chosen by Obama because of their remarkable achievements as "agents of change." The president added, "Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way."

31 July 2009

Harold Richman, Bulletin board member, 1937-2009

Bulletin Governing Board member Harold A. Richman died on Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Chicago.

11 June 2009

Steven Weinberg joins Bulletin Sponsors

Steven Weinberg, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979 and holder of the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named to the Board of Sponsors of the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, according to Sponsors co-chairs Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University, and Leon Lederman, retired director of Fermilab and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988.

16 March 2009

Bulletin to host panel at Carnegie Nonproliferation Conference

Richard Garwin from the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, will be among the featured speakers at a breakfast panel hosted by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists from 7:45-8:45 am, April 7, 2009, in conjunction with the 2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference.

28 January 2009

Joan Winstein joins governing board

Joan Winstein, chief executive officer of Loan Strategies, Inc., has joined the governing board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, effective December 2008. She also consults for Financial Services Volunteer Corps, an arm of USAID that advises banks in developing countries to help them improve their lending outcomes.

14 January 2009

Lawrence Krauss to co-chair Sponsors with Leon Lederman

Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University, will co-chair the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists with Nobel Laureate Leon Ledermen. Together they plan to re-energize a national discussion on the reduction of nuclear weapons stockpiles, and a commitment to fight proliferation and encourage disarmament efforts.

31 December 2008

Bulletin magazine goes all-digital in 2009

Beginning in January 2009, Bulletin subscribers began receiving the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine in its new digital format only. To save on the steeply rising costs of paper and postage, the Bulletin announced in late 2008 that it would no longer produce a print edition of the magazine.

10 December 2008

1945-1998 Bulletin backfile available via Google Books

As of December 9, 2008, 53 years of Bulletin content is now available online for free at Google Books. This archive begins with the first issue of the magazine--originally published in December 1945--and includes every year thereafter until 1998.

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