March 2016. Gender and Radiation, text of slide talk by Mary Olson, Japan
Speaking Tour 2016. Version of presentation with larger slides but without accompanying text.
May 19, 2015. Text of presentation by NIRS' May Olson at the United Nations, May 5, 2015 at session on Gender and Nuclear Weapons. pdf. Slides from May 5 presentation. pdf.
April 29, 2015. Powerpoint presentation by the U.K.'s Dr. Ian Fairlie to U.S. EPA officials, April 27, 2015 on causes and effects of increased childhood leukemia within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of European nuclear reactors. Presentation in pdf.
April 28, 2014. Flyer for Gender and Nuclear Weapons event May 5, 2015, at the United Nations, NPT Review Conference. NIRS' Mary Olson will speak.
December 8, 2014. NIRS' Mary Olson speaks on impact of radiation on girls and women at international nuclear weapons conference in Vienna. Text of speech. Video of speech.
March 13, 2013.Important post from NIRS' Mary Olson on DailyKos: One Rad Fits All--Not Anymore, Never Did. Radiation's little-known but much greater impact on women and girls.
November 8, 2012. Important new study published by NIH of 110,000 Chernobyl clean-up workers finds "significant" risk of leukemia from low-level radiation.
April 2012: "Women and Children Require More Protection from Ionizing Radiation Than Men (2 page hand-out)
October 2011: Atomic Radiation is More Harmful to Women. NIRS Briefing Paper.
Health Effects of Three Mile Island core meltdown in 1979
Important article on studies of childhood leukemia and cancers near German reactors. Childhood Leukemia and Cancers Near German Nuclear Reactors: Significance, Context, and Ramifications of Recent Studies, Rudi Nussbaum, Journal of Occupational Environmental Health. July-September, 2009.
Fact Sheet: No such thing as a safe
dose of radiation,
BEIR VII –The National Academies of Science Biological Effects
of Ionizing Radiation-VII: The National Academies of Sciences do an update
on radiation and health approximately every 10 -15 years. When the Committee
on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII was being formed in
1999, many groups and individuals lodged protests on the biased, conflicted
makeup of the committee. After reviewing all the publicly available research
by the proposed committee members, letters from were sent to the Academy
expressing concerns. Some changes were made in the membership. Below are
the letters of concern on the original and amended committees.
The BEIR VII report came out on June 29, 2005. The conclusions are summarized in NIRS press release.
With its most recent draft document on cancer induction by low dose radiation exposure, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has officially recognize the increased dangers of lower doses of radiation. However, as of now, they seem unwilling to incorporate this knowledge into protect measures for the public. Here are NIRS comments (March 18, 2005) on this document, with a link to the document itself.
Factsheet: Know Your Risks, Know Your Rights. A brochure for nuclear industry workers. (, 306 Kb)