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Society, Energy, and Environment

Analyzing implications of emerging science and technology

Often, multifaceted topics are analyzed from singular human health, environmental, economic, or societal perspectives. Reality is far more complex. Single-perspective analyses necessarily may ignore hugely important issues or repercussions. And, multiple single-perspective analyses cannot simply be added together. Impacts and implications emanate from—and also affect—interacting, ever-changing systems. The Society, Energy, and Environment Group seeks to address complex science and technological topics from human health, environmental, economic, and societal perspectives.

The group applies its expertise to assess the ability of scientific and technological advances to promote national social, economic, and environmental objectives safely and sustainably. Researchers also assess and manage existing or evolving energy, environmental, and health impacts of extant technologies and help transition science and technological advances toward wider beneficial use.

Group expertise includes human health risk assessment, dosimetry and radiation protection, and toxicology (human, animal, and environmental); regulatory analysis; energy and economic modeling and analysis; sustainable technology modeling, assessment, analysis, evaluation, and deployment; environmental analysis; and social, institutional, and behavioral analysis. The Group’s work serves a mix of academic, governmental, and practitioner audiences.