National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL)
Nukes in the City: The Forensics of Urban Nuclear and Radiological Incidents
Biography Dr. Alison Tamasi is the Chief Scientist for reference laboratory operations at the National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a radioanalytical chemist and amateur glitter enthusiast, whose primary expertise is in technical nuclear forensics, where she has published many studies and received awards for her work on the pre-detonation forensics of uranium compounds. Alison received her PhD in radiochemistry in 2015 from the University of Missouri, where she was a Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellow and a Seaborg Institute Fellow. She has worked as a scientist throughout the nuclear enterprise, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her broad experience across the spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) science, has led to collaborations spanning even more disciplines including statistics, big data analytics, and computer science. Throughout her diverse career Alison has had the opportunity to experience working in a wide variety of specialized research settings including radiation labs, clean rooms, accelerator beamlines, and a broom closet in Jamaica. In addition to being a technical subject matter expert, she is passionate about the nexus between nuclear deterrence and nuclear science and has interfaced extensively with the nuclear policy community, including participating in moot court and war gaming exercises.