ANS lauds Davison for outreach effort during Japan nuclear crisis

Candace Davison, research and education specialist and supervisor of reactor operations at the Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center, was recognized by American Nuclear Society (ANS) President Joe Colvin for her leadership role as chair of the ANS Public Information Committee during the Japan nuclear crisis.

Davison's award reads, "In recognition of her contributions supporting the response to events in Fukushima, Japan, in order to ensure credible nuclear science and technology information was provided to the media, decision makers and general public."

As chair, Davison communicated with ANS members to let them know how they could assist with the response to the Fukushima nuclear event both on a local level and in response to news media and technical challenges. At the Public Information Committee's recommendation to use social media initiatives, the ANS blog (http://ansnuclearcafe.org/) was repurposed to provide information and links on the events in Japan.

"Our committee helped to develop materials used for public information," says Davison. "We members of ANS answered a lot of questions after the accident, including responding to parents and students concerning the Penn State reactor facility."

Davison received her plaque at the ANS meeting in Hollywood, Fla., held June 26-30.

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Last Updated July 25, 2011