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  • Strom nominated as primary member on the Hanford Advisory Board

    Daniel Strom, an adjunct professor at the USTUR, has been nominated to serve as a primary member on the Hanford Advisory Board, where he will represent local and regional public health. The Hanford Advisory Board provides “informed recommendations and advice to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) on selected major policy issues related to the cleanup of the Hanford site.”(1) Dr. Strom is currently serving a two-year term as an alternate member of the board.

    (1) https://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/hab

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  • Former USTUR PhD student selected for award

    Sara Dumit has been selected to receive the 2022 John D. Boice Young Investigator Award from the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Dr. Dumit completed her PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University. Her research utilized USTUR data to study the decorporation of plutonium from the human body during treatment with chelating agents such as DTPA. She continues to study actinide chelation and develop biokinetic models as a part of her work as a Health Physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). During 2021, Dr. Dumit also had the distinction of attending the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The meeting, which was … » More …

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  • 2021 Newsletter

    In December, the USTUR mailed its 2021 Registrant newsletter to living Registrants and deceased Registrants’ next of kin. This year’s newsletter discussed the unexpected opportunity provided by Covid-19 to focus on research involving existing data. Other topics included information about the Health Physics Society’s “Ask the Experts” webpage, and a status update on the USTUR’s plans to ask living Registrants to submit a urine sample for actinide analysis.

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  • Post-doctoral researcher receives award for paper about Manhattan Project Worker

    Martin Šefl received an award from the Czech Society for Radiation Protection for his paper “Inhalation of soluble plutonium: 53-year follow-up of Manhattan Project worker,” which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Health Physics. The award was for the best work written by a young scientist in the field of radiation protection. His paper models the biokinetics of plutonium in a Registrant who was one of 26 Manhattan Project workers known informally as the “UPPU Club.” This group of plutonium-exposed workers were followed up by Los Alamos National Laboratory on a regular basis. Mr. Šefl’s work determined that the worker inhaled a … » More …

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