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Chris Nielsen, M.S.
James Elliston, Ph.D.
Samuel Glover, Ph.D.
Suzanne Love, Ph.D.
Cheryl Moody, M.S.
Hongguo Qu, M.S.
Hunacek, Mickey, M.S.
Marshall, Elaine, M.S.

The USTUR provides unique opportunities for students who are interested in radiochemistry, health physics, and related fields.  It houses data and materials that are not available elsewhere, such as tissues from former U.S. nuclear workers, radiochemical contents of major organs and bones at the time of death, autopsy results, and health physics records from the duration of their employment.  These data combine to provide timelines of the intake and subsequent clearance of actinides such as plutonium, americium and uranium.

Recent Research

Our most recent graduate was Chris Nielsen, who studied the distribution of soluble plutonium (nitrate) in the respiratory tract of USTUR registrants and beagle dogs from historical lifespan studies carried out at PNNL. Mr. Nielsen's master's work was published in Cancer Research.

>>More about Chris' research
>>Cancer Research paper

Mr. Nielsen has since enrolled in a Ph.D. program and is expanding his master’s work to include an additional USTUR registrant and to answer specific questions about the binding of soluble plutonium within the human respiratory tract. The findings of this study will impact the upcoming ICRP lung model, Occupational Intakes of Radionuclides.

Tri-Cities Nursing Students

nursing studentsSince 2010, WSU Tri-cities nursing students have assisted with local USTUR autopsies.  This mutually beneficial arrangement gives students the opportunity to observe an autopsy and assist with tissue preparation, and provides the USTUR with extra help during the autopsy.

In February 2013, Becky Phillips, WSU Graduate College of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, performed a 45-hour clinical research project at the USTUR as a part of her master’s degree program.

>>Tri-cities Nursing

Past Studies: Radiochemistry and Dosimetry

chart of nuclidesFrom 1994 until 2006, radiochemistry operations were carried out at WSU’s Nuclear Radiation Center in Pullman, WA. During this time, several doctoral and master's projects were carried out based upon USTUR data.  

>>TItles and selected abstracts





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