[ RadSafe ] RadSafe Digest, Vol 1436, Issue 1
Harrison - CDPHE, Tony
tony.harrison at state.co.us
Fri Nov 8 12:16:21 CST 2013
> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 18:15:28 +0000
> From: "Miller, Mark L" <mmiller at sandia.gov>
> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Helen Caldicott letter in NY Times
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> How DID NYAS ever get duped into having their name linked to the "report"
> in the first place?
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> From: KARAM, PHILIP [mailto:PHILIP.KARAM at nypd.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 12:33 PM
> To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Helen Caldicott letter in NY Times
> Also, it seems that the NY Academy of Science publication cited by
> Caldicott was not authored by NYAS - it was a translation of some Russian
> papers that was published by NYAS. So it does not reflect NYAS conclusions.
> The NY Times had a nice summary of the whole chain of letters a couple of
days ago that included this comment from the NYAS website:
1. "*In no sense did Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences or the
New York Academy of Sciences commission this work; nor by its publication
does the Academy validate the claims made in the original Slavic language
publications cited in the translated papers. Importantly, the translated
volume has not been formally peer‐reviewed by the New York Academy of
Sciences or by anyone else...."*
*Postscript, 10:30 a.m.: Douglas Braaten, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Annals
of the New York Academy of Sciences, sent this noted addressing concerns of
anyone who might wonder how the translation got published by the Academy in
the first place: "Under the editorial practices of Annals at that time,
some projects, such as the Chernobyl translation, were developed and
accepted solely to fulfill the Academy’s broad mandate of providing an open
forum for discussion of scientific questions, rather than to present
original scientific studies or Academy positions. The content of these
projects, conceived as one-off book projects, were not vetted by standard
The whole thing can be read here:
including some interesting reader comments.
Tony Harrison, MSPH
Inorganic & Radiochemistry Supervisor
Laboratory Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
8100 Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
303-692-3046 | tony.harrison at state.co.us
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