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D. Warner North is president and principal scientist of NorthWorks, Inc. Over the past forty-five years Dr. North has carried out applications of decision analysis and risk analysis for electric utilities in the US and Mexico, for the petroleum and chemical industries, and for government agencies with responsibility for energy and environmental protection. Dr. North has a long association with Stanford University as adjunct faculty beginning in 1976 and as a consulting professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2009.





Cheryl North (Warner's wife and the director of the music journalism activities of NorthWorks) is a noted music columnist for the Oakland Tribune and other papers of the Bay Area News Group. She writes performance reviews and feature articles for other publications, including Opera Now, based in Great Britain. Profile/interviews with major figures on the international, national, and local San Francisco Bay Area classical music scene have become an important specialty for which she is in demand.

New from Cheryl North:
San Francisco Opera 2014

Read Cheryl North's interviews:

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky brings outstanding acting as well as singing to the title role of Norma. But she might have opted for archaeology or playing the flute.

Bashkir bass Ildar Abdrazakov sang the title role in Boito's Mefestophele to open the San Francisco Opera 2013 fall season on September 6, so this is the second year for a title role opening night interview.

For Warner North:
Health Risk Communication for the Council of Canadian Academies

Warner North has been appointed as a panel member on the Expert Panel on Effectiveness of Health Risk Communication, for the Council of Canadian Academies. He will be part of a multidisciplinary group of experts that will address the following question: How can the effectiveness of health risk communications be measured and evaluated? A report is expected in early 2015.

The Council of Canadian Academies is a not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports independent, authoritative, evidence-based, expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada. Health Canada has asked the Council of Canadian Academies to assess the evidence as it pertains to the evaluation and measurement of health risk communication.

Click here for more information about the assessment.

2013 National Research Council Workshops on Shale Gas Development

Warner North is a member of the committee that organized two workshops, which took place in the National Academies' Keck Center Auditorium in Washington D. C. The first workshop, held on May 30-31, 2013, addressed risks from hydraulic fracturing (sometimes called "fracking") to release natural gas from shale formations. The second, held on August 15-16, 2013, presented ideas for improving governance for the management of such risks. Warner North was a session chair in the first workshop and gave a presentation on public and stakeholder participation in the second workshop.

The links above provide access to the workshop agendas, abstracts, presentation slides, and video archives for most of the presentations. A special Issue of Environmental Science and Technology (August 5, 2014) contains papers based on presentations at the two workshops. Contact Warner North for further information




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