Kristin Shrader-Frechette Concurrent Professor

Quantitative Risk Assessment
Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Research Interests:

Most of Dr. Shrader-Frechette's research analyzes mathematical, biological, or ethical problems in quantitative risk assessment, public health, or environmental justice (EJ) --especially those related to radiological, ecological, or energy-related risks. Her work appears in both science journals such as Science, and in philosophy journals such as Philosophy of Science. Her latest NSF grant has been on methodological problems in epidemiological statistics/quantitative risk assessment. The US NSF has funded her scientific research (with her as PI) continuously for 28 year. She has authored nearly 400 journal articles and 17 books, including Burying Uncertainty; Method in Ecology; Risk Analysis and Scientific Method; Risk and Rationality; Tainted: How Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science; Taking Action, Saving Lives; What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power. Her work has been published in 13 languages, and she has been a member of many boards and committees of the US National Academies of Science. She also advises numerous governments (including those of the US, Australia, Canada, Netherlands , Norway, and Sweden) and many organizations (including the UN, World Health Organization, International Commission on Radiological Protection, the US Department of Energy, and the US EPA) on energy and environmental matters. Because of the long-term, pro-bono, environmental-justice scholarship and service work that she and her students do, in 2004, the World Technology Association gave her its 2004 Ethics Award, in 2007 Catholic Digest gave her its “Heroes” Award, and in 2011 Tufts University gave her its Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award.

 

Biography:

  • O’Neill Family Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Biological Sciences 1998-Present
  • Director, Center for Environmental Justice and Children's Health 2003-Present
  • Distinguished Research Professor, University of South Florida, Philosophy, Environmental Sciences and Policy 1987-1998
  • Professor, University of Florida, Department of Philosophy, Natural Sciences 1984-1987
  • Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor, Philosophy of Science, Environmental Studies 1982-1984
  • Professor, University of Louisville, Philosophy, Natural Sciences 1973-1982
  • Assistant Professor, Edgecliff College, Xavier University, Philosophy 1971-1973
  • NSF post-doctoral fellow, biological sciences, University of South Florida 1987-1989
  • NSF post-doctoral fellow, economics, University of California, Santa Barbara 1983-1984
  • NSF post-doctoral fellow, hydrogeology, University of Louisville 1981-1982
  • University of Notre Dame, PhD, philosophy, philosophy of science 1972
  • Edgecliff College, Xavier University, BA, mathematics (physics) 1967

 

Recent Papers:

  • “Flawed Science Delays Smelter Cleanup and Worsens Health,” with M. Spear and R. Thomas, Accountability in Research 22, no. 1 (2015): 41-60; doi: 10.1080/08989621.2014.939746.
  • “Resolving Scientific Controversy over Smelter Risks and Neurodegenerative Effects of Metals,” with R. Thomas, AIMS Environmental Science 2, no. 1 (2015): 42-72; doi: 10.3934/environsci.2015.1.42.
  • “Taking Action on Developmental Toxicity: Scientists Duties to Protect Children,” in Environmental Hazards and Neurodevelopment, ed. C. Croft (Waretown, NJ: Apple Academic Press, 2015), pp. 307-338.
  • “Flawed Scientific-Evidence Standards and Diesel Regulations,” with A. Pusateri, Accountability in Research 22, no. 3 (2015): 162-191.
  • “Taking Action to Stop Pollution Harm to Children and Future Generations,” translated into Russian by Galina Belkina Frolova, Russian Academy of Sciences, no. 3 (2014): 250-258.
  • “Biomass and Effects of Airborne Ultrafine Particulates: Lessons About State Variables in Ecology,” Biological Theory 8, no. 1 (April 2013): 44-48; doi: 10.1007/s13752-013-0094-2.
  • “Lessons on Drought and Pollution from the Forgotten Three Billion,” with Brianna Kunycky, Global Health Perspectives 1, no. 1 (March 2013): 55-62; doi: 10.5645/ghp2013.01.01.08.
  • “Renewable Technologies and Environmental Injustice: Subsidizing Bioenergy, Promoting Inequity,” with Whitney Preisser, Environmental Justice 6, no 3 (June 2013): 88-93.
  • “Climate Change and Fossil-Fueled Attacks on Science," Metascience 22, no. 3 (November 2013): 637-40; doi: 10.1007/s11016-013-9776-4.
  • "Randomization and Rules for Causal Inferences in Biology: When the Biological Emperor (Significance Testing) Has No Clothes," Biological Theory 6, no. 2 (2012):154-161; doi: 10.10071s13752-012-0021-y.
  • "Research Integrity and Conflicts of Interest: The Case of Unethical Research-Misconduct Charges Filed by Edward Calabrese," Accountability in Research 19, no. 4 (2012):220-242; doi: 10.1080108989621.2012.70088).
  • "Nuclear Catastrophe, Disaster-Related Environmental Injustice, and Fukushima: Prima Facie Evidence for a Japanese ‘Katrina’," Environmental Justice 5, no. 3 (June 2012): 133-139; doi: 10.10891env.2011.0045.
  • "Taking Action on Developmental Toxicity: Scientists' Duties to Protect Children," Environmental Health 11:61 (10 September 2012); doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-11-61.
  • "Environmental-Justice Whistleblowers Versus Industry Retaliators: Dow Chemical, Union Carbide, and Edward Calabrese," Environmental Justice 6, no. 2 (2012): 214-218.