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2100 Km. Bike Ride to Support FOCCUS and Chernobyl Centers

FOCCUS announces new Kyiv-based Representative

This July, two cyclists are currently pedaling from Switzerland to Ukraine to raise awareness and support for FOCCUS and the Chernobyl Centers!

Their trip over a month of cycling, and will covers over two thousand kilometers! FOCCUS will be helping them publicize their journey and message of hope far and wide! Please visit Christian and Emmanuelle's website at http://www.2000k.soliloq.com/ for more details!


Friends of Chernobyl Centers, U.S., Inc. (FOCCUS), has a new representative in Kyiv, Ukraine!!

Dan Miner-Nordstrom will work to help FOCCUS and the Chernobyl Centers achieve their program and organizational goals through mid-April, 2007!

A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, Dan was previously a field student intern with FOCCUS.




Christian Boyko and Emmanuelle Plattet
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Dear Emmanuelle and Christian, It is with great interest that the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA has learnt about your bicycle trip from Frieborg, Switzerland to Kyiv in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl catastrophe. We applaud you for your courage and express our sincere gratitude for your efforts aimed at raising public awareness about the complex issues remaining even 20 years after the accident. We assure you that this initiative of yours will meet sincere appreciation by the Ukrainian people, which would honor you in your efforts to focus attention on Ukraine. The Embassy also wishes to express the words of gratitude to the Mission of Friends of Chernobyl Centers, U.S. Inc. (FOCCUS) – the organization which has been actively supporting your courageous action as well as a number of other important endeavours in this sphere. Sincerely, Embassy of Ukraine in the USA


FOCCUS Releases New Book on 20th Chernobyl Anniversary

FOCCUS is extremely pleased to announce the publication of Chernobyl: The Event and Its Aftermath, edited by Leonard Berkowitz, Norma Berkowitz, and Michael Patrick. (284 pgs. E-book: ISBN: 1-59598-048-2 CD: ISBN: 1-59598-049-0)
To purchase: Send a check or money order to FOCCUS, 5818 Anchorage Avenue, Madison, WI, 53705, U.S.A. The electronic version is $20, but we can mail you a CD for $25. Shipping cost is included. If you chose the electronic version, we can offer to send it to you via email if you have a high-speed connection, or via download (with the use of a password).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview
Leonard Berkowitz

Chapter 8 Radiation, Radioactivity, and Radiobiology: A Primer
Michael Patrick

Chapter 2 Chernobyl and the Culture of Environmental Irresponsibility
Michael Beissinger

Chapter 9 Biomedical Consequences of the Chernobyl Reactor Accident
Kelly Clifton

Chapter 3 The Chernobyl Reactor Accident: What Happened and Why
Michael Corradini

Chapter 10 The Accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl
Colleen Moore

Chapter 4 The Semantics of “Inherent Safety”
Arjun Makhijani & Scott Saleska

Chapter 11 Information as Traumatic Stressor
Anne Speckhard

Chapter 5 The Political Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus and Ukraine
David Marples

Chapter 12 Development of Adaptation Patterns
Yuri Shvalb

Chapter 6 How the State and Society Responded to the Needs of the Ukrainian Victims
Volodymyr Tykhyy

Chapter 13 Development of a Community-Based System to Provide Psychosocial Assistance to the Victims of the Chernobyl Catastrophe
Oksana Garnets

Chapter 7 Identity and Meaning: Chernobyl and Literature
Jennifer Tishler

Chapter 14 Chernobyl is Here and Now
Norma Berkowitz

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