David A. Schauer

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David A. Schauer
Born (1961-09-22) September 22, 1961 (age 56)
Elmer, New Jersey
Residence Washington, D.C.
Education Liberty University,
Georgetown University,
Johns Hopkins University
Occupation Executive Director Emeritus, NCRP,
Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Website www.ncrponline.org

David A. Schauer, ScD, CHP, is Executive Director Emeritus of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). During his tenure a number of updated and new publications were issued by the Council.


Schauer received his doctor of science (Sc. D.) degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a diplomate of the American Board of Health Physics. He received M.S. and B.S. degrees from Georgetown and Liberty Universities, respectively. Prior to being elected NCRP secretary and treasurer, and appointed Executive Director (2004 to 2012), Dr. Schauer served in various scientific and leadership positions as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1984 to 2004). His primary research interests include thermoluminescent dosimetry and electron paramagnetic resonance biodosimetry. He is a member of numerous organizations including the American Society of Association Executives, the American College of Radiology, and the Health Physics Society.

Schauer has published a number of scientific articles, proceedings and reports individually and in collaboration with fellow scientists and students. He also contributed book chapters to the "Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis" published by Elsevier Academic Press (2003) and "Advances in Medical Physics: 2012" published by Medical Physics Publishing (2012).

Early years[edit]

Schauer’s formal education began in 1965 with the creation of President Johnson’s Head Start Program. This was part of Johnson’s War on Poverty. As one of five children being raised in a single-parent home, Schauer was sent to the newly established Head Start Program in Williamstown, NJ. So began Schauer’s formal education which would include a stop in a two-room schoolhouse for kindergarten (Hall Street) and culminate at Hopkins with the awarding of his doctorate in 1994.

College years and beyond[edit]

Following graduation from Williamstown High School (1979) where he was named scholar athlete, Schauer was recruited to pitch at Liberty University. Schauer was used mostly as a starter and set the single game record for strikeouts until a hard-throwing lefthander (Randy Tomlin – Pittsburgh Pirates and pitching coach for the AA Harrisburg Nats) arrived a few years later and established a new mark. During his years at Liberty, Schauer was coached by former major league pitcher, Al Worthington, and played with Sid Bream, Lee Guetterman and Darrell Manuel (youngest brother of Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel). The Liberty baseball teams of the early 1980s made three successive trips to the NAIA college world series in Lubbock, TX.

Following graduation from Liberty in 1983, Schauer was commissioned as an ensign in the US Navy Medical Service Corps. Ensign Schauer worked his way up the ranks before retiring at the beginning of 2004 as a Commander. During those 20 years, Schauer served in various leadership positions in San Diego, CA, Portsmouth, NH and Bethesda, MD.

NCRP publications issued during his tenure as Executive Director[edit]

Military/professional training[edit]

  • 1984 US Navy Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, RI
  • 1984 US Navy Radiation Health Officers Course, Naval Undersea Medicine Institute, Groton, CT
  • 1984 Combat Casualty Care (C4), Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX
  • 1985 Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI), Bethesda, MD
  • 1986 Senior Officers Nuclear Accidents Course, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Training School (AFNWTS), Albuquerque, NM
  • 1987 Planning for Nuclear Emergencies, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • 1988 Pathologic Effects of Radiation, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
  • 1988 Nuclear Weapons Orientation Advanced, AFNWTS, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1990 Medical Department Intermediate Leadership, Management, Education and Training Course, NSHS, Bethesda, MD
  • 1998 Project Management College, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC
  • 1999 Radioactivity in the Environment: Risk, Assessment, and Measurement, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • 2000 MR Imaging: A Seminar for Medical Physicists, Baltimore, MD
  • 2005 Accreditation Board on Engineering and Technology, Program Evaluator Training, Spokane, WA

Research grants[edit]

David A. Schauer's research activities include;

  • "Mobile emergency-response in vivo EPR dosimetry system", collaboration with Dartmouth Medical Center and NIST, funded by Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), FY02-03 – $325k.
  • Establishment of “Department of Defense Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Forensic Radiation Biodosimetry Laboratory”, funded by DTRA, FY02-03 – $463k.
  • Various grants and contracts with CDC, DHS, DOD, DOE, NASA, Navy, NCI, NIST and NRC in support of NCRP’s scientific program, annual budget in 2007 – $2.9M.

Public service[edit]

Dr. Schauer is an Editorial Board member of the following journals:

  • Radiation Measurements
  • Radiation Protection Dosimetry
  • Egyptian Journal of Biophysics
  • Indian Journal of Radiation Research

He also serves as a referee for the following journals:

Television appearances:

  • March 18, 2011, CNN HLN, Nancy Grace Show, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Accident, Potential Impact on the United States.
  • March 21, 2011, CNN HLN, Nancy Grace Show, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Accident, Control of Contaminated Food Imports From Japan to the United States


1. http://www.ncrponline.org/Members/Schauer_bio.html Retrieved on September 25, 2008
2. http://myprofile.cos.com/dschauer Retrieved on September 25, 2008
3. http://www.ncrponline.org/Press_Rel/WHO_June2008.pdf Retrieved on September 25, 2008
4. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/6/a68/91b Retrieved on September 25, 2008
5. http://center.spoke.com/info/pAMw38P/DavidSchauer
6. http://dceg.cancer.gov/files/reb2004/Schauer.pdf Retrieved on September 25, 2008
7. http://lib.bioinfo.pl/auth:Schauer,DA Retrieved on September 25, 2008
8. http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/ds37/ Retrieved on September 25, 2008

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