Title: Dedicated profs win president’s media awards
Source: Simon Fraser University
Date: February 02, 2012
Krzysztof Starosta [has] been recognized with this year’s President’s Award for Service Through Public Affairs and Media Relations [...]
Starosta had never appeared in the media before the Fukushima meltdown. But the associate professor of chemistry was quick to provide his radiation expertise and experience, even shelving his regular research to investigate the prevalence of ionizing radiation in BC’s rainfall.
He then led a news conference discussing his research into Fukushima’s radioactive fallout in BC, and subsequently spent many days fielding reporters’ questions from around the world, resulting in dozens of news stories in which both he and SFU were cited.
“He became a trusted authority on the situation, and calmed the public’s fears about exposure to ionizing radiation,” says award nominator Kate Scheel, an SFU radiation safety advisor.
“He put his scientific knowledge and his lab at the service of the community during a period when the province crucially needed it,” adds Abderrachid Zitouni, provincial radiation specialist with the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Read the report here
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Published: February 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 pm ET