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Texas A&M Developing Partnership with International Atomic Energy Agency

Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met with representatives of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health this week during a visit to Texas A&M University.

Yukiya and Group Friday Letter
[Photo: (left to right) Mr. Conleth Brady, assistant to the director general; Drs. Marcia Ory; Jane Bolin; Bita Kash; Paulo Barretto, Nuclear Power Institute; Director General Amano; Drs. Jim Burdine; Bernard Appiah; and Antonio Rene]

Dr. Bita Kash, associate professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation, has been engaged in conversations with the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation (TC) Programme and the Division of Human Health during the past year and recently visited the IAEA team in Vienna.

Dr. Kash is developing an agreement with the IAEA concerning the school providing public health research, program evaluation, public health workforce training and community-based interventions with IAEA member states worldwide with particular focus on cancer control, cardiovascular health, nutrition and environmental health. Director General Amano discussed these issues with Dr. Bita Kash and Dr. Paulo Barretto from the Nuclear Power Institute as well as other faculty from the school including Interim Dean Jim Burdine and Drs. Antonio Rene, Jane Bolin, Marcia Ory and Bernard Appiah. These collaborative activities and agreements are expected to potentially lead towards the development of an IAEA Collaborating Centre at the Texas A&M School of Public Health.

Director General Amano’s visit to College Station to assess TAMU’s potential for collaboration with the IAEA was in conjunction with his annual trip to New York to make his report to the General Assembly of the United Nations on the activities and accomplishments of the IAEA during the year.

The IAEA is an intergovernmental organization based in Vienna, and is the global center for cooperation in nuclear applications, energy, science and technology.