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Alumnus to share about health effects of radiation exposure at Dixie Forum

Dixie Junior College alumnus Dr. Atone Brooks will share details of his life as a scientist and explain the health risks and impact associated with radiation exposure during Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum: A Window on the World.

Brooks’ presentation, “Dixie Alumni Relates Lifetime of Research on Radiation Health Effects,” will be held at noon on April 2 in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Using his decades of experience serving on the National Council for Radiation Protection and working as the Chief Scientist for the Department of Energy Low Dose Radiation Research Program, Brooks will discuss the risk and impact of radiation from fallout, nuclear accidents, nuclear energy and nuclear medicine.

After graduating from Dixie Junior College in 1958, Brooks went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah and later completed his doctorate degree at Cornell University. Determined to understand the health impact of low doses of radiation, Brooks worked as a field and laboratory scientist for several years. He was also a member of the United State Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and involved with the National Academy of Science team that produced the BEIR VI report on Radon Health Effects. In addition, he has served on numerous national and international review groups and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and Dixie State communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. The next installment of Dixie Forum will feature professor Phillip Garner, who will discuss future implications that may arise from the increasing U.S. debt problem. The forum is set to take place at noon on April 9 in the Dunford Auditorium.