National Institute for Risk and Resilience

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Workshop on Americans’ Perceptions of and Preferences for Nuclear Security
NIRR/CES&S researchers held a workshop on the Nuclear Security Project at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM on January 31, 2018. The workshop focused on key findings concerning the evolution of broader public understanding of nuclear security, ranging from long-term trends in societal views of the importance of the nuclear arsenal to an analysis of the underlying reasons Americans give for the perceived need to retain and modify the nuclear arsenal.

NIRR Associate Director Deven Carlson served as a panelist for an American Enterprise Institute research conference that explored lessons learned on K-12 reform strategies, with a focus on the Bush-Obama years.


NIRR affiliates publish new article which shows that individuals' political views have only limited effect on their perceptions of climate anomalies.

NIRR faculty affiliates publish article in Energy Policy that uses contingent valuation methods to estimate willingness to pay for GHG reductions provided by hydroelectric power.

Researchers at NIRR recently conducted a nationwide survey that measures public reception, understanding, and responsiveness to severe weather forecasts and warnings. Download the reference report for survey details, questions, and topline statistics.

NIRR faculty affiliate Kevin Simmons authors commentary piece for Dallas News on the huge financial damage caused by Hurricane Harvey

NIRR faculty affiliate Dr. Edward Cokely’s work on the use of visual aids in high-risk decision making processes highlighted in the Norman Transcript

NIRR Associate Director Dr. Muralee Muraleetharan and colleagues have developed new research-based tools, including the ShakeCast technology, for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, transforming how ODOT inspects public infrastructure after earthquakes.

Researchers at NIRR and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center are collaborating to study tornado damage mitigation. Check out our working paper on homeowner support for enhanced building codes in Oklahoma

Dr. Edward Cokely:

NIRR co-sponsors on-campus lecture and discussion by Dr. Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Dr. K.K. "Muralee" Muraleetharan:

  • Dr. Muraleetharan participated in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Legislative Fly-in from March 14-15, 2017 in Washington D.C. and discussed critical infrastructure issues facing the US and the recently released infrastructure report card ( with staff members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation.

NIRR Affiliates release highlighted results from the latest Energy and Environment Project

NIRR affiliates release highlighted findings from the most recent National Security and Nuclear Futures project


Non-Market Values for Alternative Operations of the Glen Canyon Dam: Explorations in Choice and Valuation:

Dr. Kevin Simmons:

  • NIRR faculty affiliate Kevin Simmons has a new working paper with Paul Kovacs on real estate market responses to enhanced building codes in Moore, OK.

Dr. Deven Carlson:

Dr. Hank Jenkins-Smith
Research mentioned in New York Times article:

Dr. Deven Carlson: