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Depleted Uranium in Iraq: A Summary of Public Health Impacts and Controversy with Shelby Surdyk

Thursday | Jan 16th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

Shelby Surdyk grew up in Skagway, and has been active around nuclear issues since high school, when she co-founded a theatre project called Students Educating For Nuclear Awareness. From 2016-2018, she lived in Beirut, Lebanon where she completed an Master's degree in Environmental Health. For her M.S. thesis, she studied the impact of depleted uranium on public health in Iraq.

In this presentation, Ms, Surdyk talked about the background and context surrounding use of depleted uranium in conventional weapons by the US military in Iraq. She also discussed her methodology (systematic review), and shared some of her preliminary findings as she seeks to answer the following question: Is depleted uranium exposure associated with adverse public health outcomes (including cancer and congenital birth defects) among the Iraqi population?