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  • Dr. Tabatadze elected president of Columbia Chapter of Health Physics Society

    George Tabatadze has become a president-elect of the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society (CCHPS). He began his three-year term in July 2017 and will serve one-year terms as president-elect, president, and past president between 2017 – 2019, respectively. The Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society (established in 1960) is a professional organization whose members are specialists in radiation safety. The CCHPS mission is to support its members in the practice of their profession and to promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety.

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  • Special issue of Radiation Protection Dosimetry on Mayak worker dosimetry

    An upcoming special issue of Radiation Protection Dosimetry will focus on findings of the Russian Health Studies Program‘s Project 2.4: Mayak Worker Dosimetry. Project 2.4 reconstructed doses to workers first employed at the Mayak Production Association in Ozyorsk, Russia between 1948 and 1982. USTUR faculty members authored or coauthored three of the papers, and an additional 13 were authored/coauthored by USTUR adjunct faculty member, Dr. Alan Birchall (Global Dosimetry Ltd., United Kingdom).

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  • Partnership with Japanese company

    The USTUR signed a memorandum of understanding with Kyushu Environmental Evaluation Association (KEEA) of Japan on May 16 at the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA. This partnership will broaden the scope of USTUR research opportunities as the two institutions share knowledge and resources.

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  • USTUR funding increased

    After 9 years of decreasing and flat funding, our annual funding was increased by 20%. In January, the USTUR submitted a 5-year grant renewal proposal for the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022. A budget of $5,500,000 was requested by the USTUR and approved by the Department of Energy, Office of Health and Safety (AU-10). Funding at this level will allow the USTUR to keep up the the increasing costs associated with autopsies and radiochemically analyzing tissue samples. It will also increase the USTUR’s visibility by allowing faculty members to present the Registries’ research at scientific meetings.

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