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  NOVEMBER 16, 2007
PHR “Meet the Author” Web Cast—December 3, 2007

On Monday, December 3, Public Health Reports will sponsor a special web cast on uranium mining and its scientific, political and socially judicial implications for the Navajo people. Dr. Richard Hornung, director of the Biostatistics and Data Management Core and the Children's Environmental Health Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Uranium Mining: The Intersection of Science, Politics and Social Justice." He will provide an overview of the science behind our knowledge of adverse health effects from exposure to radon as a result of uranium mining, including the experience of the Navajo miners in the US, as well as the intersection of politics and science as they relate to compensation.

Dr. Hornung has completed extensive research on the health effects of radiation exposure in underground uranium mines. The specific health problems that have occurred in uranium miners, such as lung cancer, have been the main focus of Dr. Hornung’s research. While engaged in this research, he began to realize the impact of United States defense policy and politics on occupational health research, particularly in the case of the Navajo miners. United States defense policy and politics has and continues to be a major source of conflict for health researchers. Many Navajo miners have suffered great social injustices because the potential health problems associated with exposure to radiation are being overlooked in the name of defense.

Dr. Hornung recently published a book review of "The Navajo People and Uranium Mining." The article appears in the November/December 2007 Issue of Public Health Reports.

The web cast is free and open to the public. Instructions to view the web cast will be available online 30 minutes prior to the broadcast. No registration or log-in password is necessary. The web cast requires that Adobe Flash be installed on your computer. To download the Flash Player, click here.

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