Julianne Hazen, PhD, MA, MS, BA
Meet Our Presenters
Drawing from a range of disciplines, our highly experienced educators will guide you through the knowledge areas and issues that are important in today’s nuclear world.
Dr. Julianne Hazen is the deputy director of the Global Nuclear Awareness program at World Life Institute and teaches Religious Studies as an adjunct professor at Niagara University. Her interests include emergency preparedness, the role of religion in peacebuilding, and Sufi communities in the West. She published a book in 2016 titled “Sufism in America: The Alami Tariqa of Waterport, New York.” Julianne served as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, DC, with the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and has taught summer courses at Chautauqua Institution, NY. Julianne’s academic background includes a doctorate degree from SOAS, University of London, UK, in Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East, and Master’s degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, DC, and Teaching and Curriculum, University of Rochester, NY. Her current research topics explore nuclear disaster preparedness and eldercare as a spiritual journey.
Linda Redfield Shakoor, PhD, MS
Responding Priorities for Health Care Providers and Emergency Professionals in Western New York - Canadian Conference Presenter
Linda Redfield Shakoor earned her PhD in 2017 in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University. Her recent study of the radiation emergency preparedness of Western New York State nursing students, medical professionals and first responders was the focus of her dissertation.
As a founding member of World Life Institute, Linda coordinated the original Radiation Emergency Management (REM) nuclear series of accredited seminars. The REM series began in Rochester, New York, with the sponsorship of SUNY, Brockport. Linda helped organize the continued accredited seminars for the Veterans Administration that trained nurses, doctors and emergency responders in New York City, Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia, and co-delivered a REM seminar with FEMA in Virginia.
Recently Linda served as an Official Observer for the Radiation Injury Treatment Network exercise (RITN) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Currently, she is Program Manager for the Global Nuclear Awareness program of the World Life Institute Center of Excellence.
Paul Zimmerman, BA
Basic Principles of Personal Protection in an Enhanced Radiation Environment - Conference Presenter
Paul Zimmerman is a researcher, educator and author with over 30 years experience working on nuclear issues. He was a lecturer in World Life Institute’s Radiation Emergency Management (REM) seminars for first responders and medical personnel from 1989 to 1993. He subsequently served from 1993 to 2015 as a researcher at the Uranium Medical Research Center.
Paul’s areas of research and writing have included: the history of radiation accidents, the environmental effects of nuclear weapons and reactors, the hazards of depleted uranium weaponry, and personal protection in environments with radiation contamination. He is the author of two books on nuclear issues, The Truth about Radiation Accidents (1992) and A Primer in the Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons, and Fraudulent Science (2009).
Paul holds a B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida and has certification as a Rolfing physical therapist from the Rolf Institute, Boulder, Colorado.
Feroza Joosub, PhD, MA
Nuclear Tipping Point: Global Consequences of Regional Nuclear War - 2021 Webinar Presenter
Feroza Joosub holds a PhD with the Faculty of Disarmament Studies at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Switzerland. The focus of her doctoral thesis: Nuclear Threats, Efforts to Mitigate Them, Prospects for the Future. Previously she conducted research on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) with a particular emphasis on chemical and biological weapons, studying their implications on international security. At present she is affiliated with the Uranium Medical Research Center as an intern. In the past she has served as Project Director for Project Life, World Life Institute’s intensive rehabilitation program for orphans of war.
Feroza was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Switzerland.
Tedd Weyman, M.Ed
Global and Personal Realities of the Nuclear Era, From Chernobyl to Fukushima - Niagara University Conference Presenter
Tedd Weyman is the Deputy Director of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC), New York and Toronto. He served as the Field Investigation’s Team Lead for UMRC’s studies of the effects of uranium weapons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. His report, Radiation Contamination of Afghanistan, was subpoenaed as evidence in the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal on the use of weapons of mass destruction. He gave evidence to the Parliament of Sweden in Stockholm on the military use of uranium in non-fissile weapons and findings in the communities of Iraq and Afghanistan. Tedd’s field research findings were invited as documentary evidence in the 2008 NGO Partners’ Review of the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty. The public release of findings of radioactive weapons resulting in “high uranium levels in troops and civilians” was recognized as one of the “Most Censored News Story of 2004".
Tedd was UMRC’s Project Manager for the study of industrial and reprocessed uranium contamination at Cameco LLP’s UO2 refinery, the UF6 conversion and the Zircatec nuclear fuels processing facility, Port Hope, Canada.
Tedd has a Masters in Adult Education and has 35 years of experience in his field as a consultant in organization behavior, emergency management and planning, integrated municipal emergency services, training and community capacity building.
The Uranium Medical Research Center is a non-profit, clinical and scientific research organization incorporated in Canada, England and the United States, headed by International Research Director, Dr. Asaf Durakovic. UMRC conducts radiological, biological and clinical studies of patients presenting with the symptoms and/or a history of radiation exposure and internal contamination via inhalation of uranium and transuranic materials.
Isaac Zimmerman, JD, BS
Radiation Fundamentals 1 & 2 - Canadian Conference Presenter
Isaac Zimmerman, BS, JD, graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science and majors in Human Biology and Physics. He received his Juris Doctor from the SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2013 and is a licensed attorney in the State of New York. Isaac has been a staff member of Uranium Medical Research Centre since 2001. He has published several articles and abstracts on depleted uranium contamination and presented at international conferences including meetings of the Health Physics Society, the Radiological Society of North America, the World Conference on Lung Cancer, and the World Congress of Nuclear Medicine and Biology.
Isaac was an invited lecturer of the Emergency Management Research Institute presenting on the topics of Radiation Biology and Internal Contamination with Radionuclides.
David Elijah Bell, PhD, MPH
Public Health and the Management of Nuclear and Radiation Emergencies - Canadian Conference Presenter
David Elijah Bell is a medical anthropologist with public health experience in emergency preparedness, disaster plan preparation, and risk perception involving irradiation and other forms of environmental contamination. His ongoing work in global health focuses on international disaster relief and environmental health, with attention to socio-cultural issues involving health and healthcare.
Drawing from a background in anthropology and public health, David is actively engaged in programming which combines these approaches at both graduate and undergraduate levels through attention to vulnerable or marginalized populations, effective measurement of public health threats and interventions, practical relevance of politicized risk perception, and issues of community health which integrated local and global health perspectives.
David has worked with migrant populations, refugee populations, rural communities, urban communities, and metropolitan governing bodies. Within global public health, he is strongly motivated by an interest to match evidence-based research and standards of care with effective social and qualitative understandings of healthcare.
Marissa Bell, PhD, MA
The Reality of Nuclear Risk: Situating ourselves in the context of nuclear accidents and nuclear waste - 2021 Webinar Presenter
Marissa Bell is a human geographer and environmental justice scholar at Cornell University, where she is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication. She received her BA in Geography (geopolitics and risk) from King’s College London, and her MA and PhD in Geography from the University at Buffalo (State University of New York). Her work engages approaches from energy geography, environmental governance, and science and technology studies to critically analyze energy infrastructure and inform public policy debates over community involvement in infrastructure decision-making. Marissa's doctoral research examines fairness and justice in nuclear waste siting in Canada through an energy justice lens to evaluate how policy translates to process. Previously held positions include a visiting research fellowship at the International Institute of Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, where she conducted research on the political economy of US nuclear waste management. Her work has been funded by a range of organizations including the American Association of University Women, the American Association of Geographers, the Society of Women Geographers, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Her research and teaching have taken her from North America, across Europe, to South and Southeast Asia, where she taught for Singapore Institute of Management.
Zachariah Lieberman, PsyD, MS, BA
Hiroshima-shi & Nagasaki-Shi: Never Forgotten
- Conference Mediator
Zachariah Lieberman, BA, MS, PsyD, earned his master’s degree in mental health counseling at the University of Rochester in New York and his doctorate of clinical psychology at Antioch University New England in New Hampshire. He is a licensed psychologist practicing in Western New York and has provided dyadic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, didactic seminars, and neurofeedback therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. His clinical interests include the neurological bases of depression, anxiety, and trauma; interpersonal communication and relationships; and the effects of cognition upon emotions and behavior. His primary interests in global nuclear issues pertain to the interconnectedness of nuclear crises and traumatic stress, individual and group behavior during periods of prolonged emergency, and methods of reinforcing and sustaining emotional resiliency.
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