An Introduction to Nuclear Security and Why its Important to You
The nuclear fraternity is a small world, and we are all affected by what one another does. A nuclear security incident in one part of the world can and will have a profound effect on the rest of the nuclear arena. We all need to become and remain aware that there are people in the world today who wish to use nuclear and radiological material for malevolent uses, and we all need to do our part in securing nuclear and radiological material, and the associated information from falling into the wrong hands.
Professor James Larkin
Director, Radiation and Health Physics Unit, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor James Larkin is Director, Radiation and Health Physics Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Professor Larkin is also the Chairman of the university’s NIH mandated Biosafety Committee and is the immediate past chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN).
Professor Larkin’s research interests include environmental measurement of NORM arising for gold mining activities, silica dust distribution around mining operations, and the effect of regional culture on the implementation nuclear security culture amongst others.
Professor Larkin serves as an expert for both the U.S. Department of State Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Lecturing on a number of professional development workshops throughout the world for PNS (topics including Insider threat, Counter terrorism, and Introduction to nuclear security) and on various aspects of Human Resource Development in Nuclear Security for the IAEA, at both regional and national workshops).
Professor Larkin has also lectured extensively on the IAEA/ICTP International and Regional Schools for Nuclear Security. At Witwatersrand University he teaches various courses in nuclear security and radiation protection.
Professor Larkin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, member of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, US, and a founding member of the Southern African Radiation Protection Association.