of RPHP Directors and Associates
Dr. Ernest Sternglass
Ernest Sternglass, Ph.D., is Director, Cofounder,
President, and Chief Technical Officer of the Radiation and Public Health
In 1963, Dr. Sternglass was invited to testify before
the congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, as to how the exponential
increase in strontium-90 in baby teeth caused by bomb-test fallout was
associated with increased childhood leukemia. His research and testimony
played a role in President Kennedy's decision to sign the Partial Test
As Professor Emeritus of Radiological Physics at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Dr. Sternglass has written
numerous articles on the health effects of low-level radiation.
His 1981 book Secret Fallout: Low-level Radiation
from Hiroshima to Three Mile Island established him as a pioneer
in the study of the health effects of low-level radiation.
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA, is Director, Secretary,
and the Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.
Mr. Mangano is a public health administrator and researcher
who has studied the connection between low-dose radiation exposure and
subsequent risk of diseases such as cancer and damage to newborns.
He has published numerous articles and letters in
medical and other journals in addition to books, including Low Level
Radiation and Immune System Disorders: An Atomic Era Legacy. There
he examines the connection between radiation exposure and current widespread
David Friedson, Director and
Vice President of the Radiation and Public Health Project, recently
retired as Chief Executive Officer of Applica Inc. a manufacturer of
electronic products. He was the major supporter of Standing for Truth
About Radiation (STAR). Mr. Friedson has been one of the chief RPHP
funders, and also shares his experience in organizational management
with the board.
Robert Alvarez, Director of
the Radiation and Public Health Project, is also a
Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.
Previously, he was Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Energy Department
under President Clinton, and was responsible for releasing studies of
cancer in nuclear plant workers and Americans exposed to atomic bomb
He was Executive Director of
Standing for Truth About Radiation (STAR), and was Senior Investigator
for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs headed by Senator
John Glenn. Mr. Alvarez advises the board on issues of nuclear
policy and intergovernmental relations.
Judith Johnsrud PhD, Director
of the Radiation and Public Health Project, is also the director
of the Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Power, based in State College
PA. She is also active at the national level in the Sierra Club, and
is board chair of Nuclear Information and Resource Services (NIRS),
the largest anti-nuclear advocacy group in the U.S.
Dr. Johnsrud has made numerous presentations on radiation
safety and health to scientific groups and to the public, in the U.S.
and overseas. She earned her PhD from Pennsylvania State University.
She contributes her knowledge and experience with scientific and advocacy
groups to RPHP.
Karl Grossman, Director of
the Radiation and Public Health Project, is a full professor
of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury
who teaches and has long specialized in investigative reporting. A special
focus of his investigations has been nuclear technology issues.
Books he has authored include Cover Up: What You
Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power; The Poison Conspiracy;
The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program’s Nuclear Threat to Our Planet
and Power Crazy: Is LILCO Turning Shoreham Into America's Chernobyl?
He hosts the nationally-aired television program
Enviro Close-Up which is produced by EnviroVideo and he has written
and narrated award-winning TV EnviroVideo documentaries including Three
Mile Island Revisited; Nukes in Space: The Nuclearization and Weaponization
of the Heavens and The Push to Revive Nuclear Power.
Christie Brinkley joined RPHP's Board of Directors in December 2008. For many years she has been involved in environmental causes, with a particular interest in radiation exposure and risk to children. She was previously a Board member of Standing for Truth About Radiation, and is a current Board member of the Global Security Institute.
Christie Brinkley has a long history with RPHP. She made appearances or sent written material on behalf of the RPHP study of Strontium-90 in baby teeth in Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. As the recipient of a "Smart Cookie" award from Cookie Magazine in April 2008, she named RPHP as one of her two favorite non-profit organizations.
Read more about Christie Brinkley and her accomplishments by reading her biography at her website. Click here
Dr. Janette D. Sherman
Janette D. Sherman, MD, is Research Colleague and
Lecturer for the Radiation and Public Health Project.
Dr. Sherman's experience includes research at Michigan
State University; the Atomic Energy Commission at the University of
California Berkeley; consultant to the US Environmental Protection Agency
for the Toxic Substances Control Act from 1976-1982; and Clinical Assistant
Professor at Wayne State University Medical School.
She publishes and lectures in the field of toxicology
and currently is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at West
ern Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she consults with graduate
students and faculty on workers' illnesses.
She is the author of Life's Delicate Balance Causes
and Prevention of Breast Cancer as well as Chemical Exposure
Visit her website at
Jay M. Gould
Jay M. Gould, Ph.D., the Founder, Director, and first
President of RPHP. died at age 90 on September 16, 2005.
Dr. Gould wrote several books and numerous scientific
and trade articles in his long career as economist, statistician and
epidemiologist, as well as serving as a member of the EPA Science Advisory
Board under President Carter.
Three of his books focus on the epidemiological
evidence demonstrating the adverse health effects of low-level radiation
and other enviornmental contaminates. These books are The Quality
of Life in American Neighborhoods, Deadly Deceit: Low-Level Radiation,
High-Level Cover-Up and The Enemy Within: The High Costs of Living
Near Nuclear Reactors.