Risk analysis consultants
     D. Warner North :: Experience :: NRC

Dr. North was designated as a National Associate of the National Research Council in 2003. Such designation is for "extraordinary contributions" to the work of the National Research Council and the Insitute of Medicine. A National Associate has the privilege of using the Members Library of the National Academies. Less than 1000 people have been so designated. There are about 6500 people who have been elected to membership and foreign affiliate status in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Some of these have also been designated as National Associates.


Assignments for the National Research Council and other parts of the National Academies (partial list):

    Commission on Natural Resources
Consultant to Committee, 1972-1974, for analysis in Chapter 9 of report, AIr Quality and Stationary Source Emission Controls published by U.S. Government Printing Office for the Senate Commiittee on Public Works, March 1975.

    Commission on Life Sciences
Member, Committee on the Institutional Means for Assessment of Risks to Public Health, 1981-1983; report, Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process published in 1983.

    Committee on Health and Ecological Effects of Synfuels Industries
Member, 1982-1985.

    Committee on Demilitarizing Chemical Munitions and Agents
Member and Assistant Chairman, Stockpile Assessment Panel, l983-1984.

    Board on Radioactive Waste Management
Consultant to Board for review of DOE methodology for high-level nuclear waste repository site selection (1985-1986).

    Commission of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources

Member, Committee on Risk Perception and Communication, 1987-1989; report, Improving Risk Communication published in 1989.

    Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Member, Committee on Risk Assessment Methodology, 1989-1992; report, Issues in Risk Assessment, published in 1993.

    Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Member, Committee on Risk Assessment of Hazardous Air Pollutants, 1991-1994; report, Science and Judgment in Risk Assessment published in 1994.

    Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Member, Committee on Risk Characterization; 1994-1996; report, Understanding Risk: Informing Decisons in a Democratic Society published in 1996

    Board on Radioactive Waste Management
Member, 1995 - 1999; Member of Working Group that prepared the report, Technologies for Environmental Management: The Department of Energy's Office of Science and Technology, published in 1999.

    Transportation Research Board
Chair, Committee to Review Federal Estimates of the Relationship of Vehicle Weight to Fatality and Injury Risk; Letter Report to Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1996.

    Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Conference on Incorporating Science, Economics, and Sociology in Developing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards in International Trade; Member of Organizing Group for 1999 Conference; Incorporating Science, Economics, and Sociology in Developing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards in International Trade: Proceedings of a Conference, published in 2000.

    Board on Radioactive Waste Management
Chair, Steering Committee and Advisory Committee, Disposition of High-Level Radioactive Waste through Geological Isolation: Development, Current Status, and Policy Challenges; International Workshop, November 4-5, 1999; report, Disposition of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel: The Continuing Societal and Technical Challenges published in 2001.

    Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter
Reviewer, Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter: IV. Continuing Research Progress, 2004.

    Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Reviewer, Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities, 2005.


    Board on Radioactive Waste Management
Reviewer, Risk and Decisions About Disposition of Transuranic and High-Level Radioactive Waste, 2005.

    Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
Report Review Coordinator, Review of Testing and Evaluation for Biological Point Detectors, 2005. Reviewer, Test and Evaluation of Biological Standoff Detection Systems, 2008, and A Framework for Assessing the Health Hazard Posed by Bioaerosols, 2008.

    National Academy of Engineering
Reviewer, Accident Precursor Analysis and Management: Reducing Technological Risk through Diligence, 2004, and Fourth Report of the National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects: Review of the IPET Volume VIII, 2008.

    Board on Life Sciences, Earth and Life Sciences
Committee Member, Technical Input on the National Institutes of Health's Draft Supplementary Risk Assessments and Site Suitability Analyses for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston University: A Letter Report, 2007.

    Board on Life Sciences, Earth and Life Sciences
Committee Member, Technical Input on Any Additional Studies to Assess Risk Associated with Operation of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston University: A Letter Report, 2008.

    Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Panel Member, 2004-2008; report, Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, published in 2008.
    Board on Life Sciences, Earth and Life Sciences
Committee Member, Continuing Assistance to the National Institutes of Health on Preparation of Additional Risk Assessments for the Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL), Boston University: Phase 1, A Letter Report, 2010.


Main Publications

Disposition of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel: The Continuing Societal and Technical Challenges
National Academy Press
212 pages, 2001.
Public Particpation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making
National Academy Press
322 pages, 2008
Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society
National Academy Press
249 pages, 1996
Science and Judgment in Risk Assessment
National Academy Press
651 pages, 1994
Improving Risk Communication
National Academy Press
331 pages, 1989
Risk Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process
National Academy Press
191 pages, 1983


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