American Nuclear Society Honors Margaret Harding with Special Award

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Special Award recognizes outstanding leadership in media and nuclear communications following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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This award symbolizes Margaret’s dedication, both behind and in front of the television cameras, to combating FUD—Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

American Nuclear Society (ANS) member Margaret Harding will receive the ANS Special Award for excellence in media and communications following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, ANS President Eric Loewen, PhD, announced today. Loewen will present Harding with the award during the opening session of the ANS Annual Conference: “Nuclear Science and Technology: Managing the Global Impact of Economic and Natural Events,” being held June 24-28 in Chicago, Illinois.

When making the announcement, Loewen said, “This award symbolizes Margaret’s dedication, both behind and in front of the television cameras, to combating FUD—Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. We in the nuclear science community all thank her for her leadership and for shining the light of science during the dark days of misinformation following Fukushima.”

Harding has 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. She spent many of those years at GE Nuclear Energy, departing as Vice-President-Engineering Quality. She is now President of 4 Factor Consulting, LLC, where she advises clients on nuclear quality assurance, regulatory processes and technical consulting for nuclear technology issues.

When asked about the award, ANS Public Information Committee Chair Dave Pointer, PhD, said, “Margaret's efforts were decisive in dispelling myths about nuclear science and technology for the media, decision makers, and the general public. She responded to over 400 media inquiries to help members of the media understand reports from the field in Japan and separate broadcasts based on fact from those echoing unfounded speculation. Margaret is an incoming member of the ANS Public Information Committee, and, as Chair, I am delighted to welcome someone with her dedication and expertise to join our cause.”

Established in 1962, the ANS Special Award recognizes individuals for especially meritorious contributions in research and/or developing understanding in important areas of current activity. A different topic is determined annually based on its importance to the peaceful application of nuclear technology to all mankind. The recipient should have played an outstanding role in the interpretation and leadership associated with furthering the overall understanding of this important effort.

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Established in 1954, ANS is a professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 11,600 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. They are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories and private industry.

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