SovereignTea June 2024

June 16, 2024
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TWU Office, 1003 E. Fairview Ln, Española, NM

This SovereignTea education session, hosted by our Environmental Justice Program, will discuss the environmental and health impacts of the proposed plutonium pit production coming from the nuclear industry complex.  

For this event, guests from the Union of Concerned Scientists will be educating the community with their expertise. Dylan Spaulding will present “A primer on LANL’s plans for plutonium pit production – What you need to know” and Chanese Forte will present on “Women and Children’s Health and Radiation Exposure.”

Everyone is welcome; pregnant women or mothers are especially encouraged to join along with community scientists.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own notebook and pen/pencil to take notes. Tea, Coffee, Snacks will be provided. 


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Presenter Bios

Dylan Spaulding
Dr. Spaulding is a senior scientist in the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. His work focuses on technical issues related to nuclear weapons and policies that can reduce the threat they pose.

Before joining the Union of Concerned Scientists, Dr. Spaulding’s research focused on material properties at extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. He conducted experiments using a variety of static and dynamic compression techniques in the lab to understand how material properties evolve within planetary interiors and stars, as well as conditions relevant to nuclear detonation.

He earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Brown University and Ph.D in Earth and Planetary Sciences from UC Berkeley. Dr. Spaulding has long been involved with the US national labs as an intern, NNSA Stockpile Stewardship Graduate Fellow, and visiting scientist and experimenter. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique in France and Origins Initiative fellow at Harvard University. Most recently, he commissioned and directed the Shock Compression Laboratory at UC Davis, where he also taught undergraduate geology.

Chanese Forte
Dr. Forte’s (she/they) research interests focuses on nuclear weapons risk and human health in the United States. She employs environmental epidemiology and toxicology to understand how communities are affected by the nuclear weapons complex. Their  research aims to address environmental justice by informing environmental and nuclear policy. She is also passionate about Indigenous and global majority health across the US with a focus on environmental justice for nuclear frontline communities. They also collaborates directly with community, traditional ecological knowledge,  and scientific experts, to best approach applying pressure to nuclear policymakers. Dr. Forté has a PhD in environmental health sciences and another PhD in Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan.