Dr. Steven M. Becker was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012.
Dr. Becker is Professor and Chair of the School of Community and Environmental Health at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a leading international expert on emergency planning, disaster preparedness and response, public health preparedness, and crisis and emergency risk communication for radiological, chemical and nuclear incidents as well as other new and emerging health challenges. Dr. Becker has served as principal investigator for several major federally-funded research studies aimed at improving emergency messages for the general public, first responders, and hospital and healthcare professionals. In addition, he has extensive on-the-ground field experience at the sites of major accidents and emergencies around the world. In 2011, he was a member of a three-person assistance team invited to Japan in response to the earthquake-tsunami disaster and the emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. While on scene, the team carried out a rapid site assessment, interfaced with Japanese disaster professionals, and provided training to more than 1,100 Japanese healthcare personnel and emergency responders.
Dr. Becker’s work on emergency preparedness, public health, and risk communication has been recognized with awards from such scientific organizations as the Health Physics Society and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. For the last 18 years, he also has been an invited faculty member for the Harvard School of Public Health training course on radiological emergency planning.
Dr. Becker holds a B.A. from George Washington University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. He also was a Dozor Visiting Scholar at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Emergency Medicine Foundation and National Hospital Tokyo Disaster Medical Center. In 2017, Dr. Becker was named a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.