Ronald K. Chesser

Ronald K. Chesser, Carleton J. Phillips, and Brenda E. Rodgers are faculty
members at the Center for Environmental Radiation Studies and Department of
Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. Mikhail Bondarkov is director of
the Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste, and Radioecology at
the International Radioecology Laboratory in Slavutych, Ukraine. Esmail Shubber,
now retired, is a former scientist for the Radiation Biology Center of the Iraqi
Ministry of Science and Technology. The program described here was supported
financially by Texas Excellence Funds at Texas Tech University and the U.S.
State Department. The authors deeply appreciate various assistance (in some
instances fieldwork under hazardous conditions) provided by the U.S. Embassy in
Baghdad, the Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology, the U.S. Civilian
Research and Development Foundation, and Andre Maximenko of the International
Radioecology Laboratory.