The 2018 Meeting of the Conference on Radiation & Health (CRH) was held in conjunction with the Radiation Research Society’s (RRS) annual meeting in Chicago, IL, September, 23-26, 2018. The USTUR was well represented at the joint meetings, with one invited lecture and one poster at CRH, and two posters at the RRS meeting.
Sergei Tolmachev and Maia Avtandilashvili were appointed to serve on the new National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) scientific committee (SC 6-12) on the Development of Models for Brain Dosimetry for Internally Deposited Radionuclides. Dr. Tolmachev will serve as vice chairman.
Former USTUR director and WSU professor emeritus, Ronald Kathren, and his wife, Susan, donated an extensive collection of radiological books to WSU Tri-Cities. The collection consists of books on topics relevant to the radiological sciences, such as radiation biophysics, and radioactivity and health. The Ronald and Susan Kathren Radiological and Affiliated Sciences Collection is located in the Max E. Benitz Memorial Library, and was dedicated during a ceremony on Friday May 18. Kathren directed the Registries from 1989-1999, and transferred the program from the Hanford Environmental Health Foundation (HEHF) to WSU in 1992.
The USTUR is pleased to announce that USTUR/College of Pharmacy student, Sara Dumit, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on May 14, 2018. Her dissertation, titled “Development of a new compartmental model for plutonium decorporation therapy,” describes a new biokinetic model for the removal of plutonium from the human body following administration of the decorporating agent DTPA. Ms. Dumit will submit a paper describing the model to the Health Physics journal.
Sergei Tolmachev participated in the 3rd Million Person Study workshop, held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on May 2-4, 2018.
L to R: Michael Bellamy (ORNL), Katie Bayles (ORNL), Keith Eckerman (ORNL, NCRP), Betsy Ellis (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORISE), Ashley Golden (ORISE), Mike Mumma (Vanderbilt, IEI), John Boice (NCRP, Vanderbilt), Rich Leggett (ORNL), Luiz Bertelli (LANL), Sergei Tolmachev (USTUR), Shaheen Dewji (ORNL). Photo courtesy of M Bellamy.
At the beginning of our 2018 Scientific Advisory Committee meeting, the USTUR’s project manager, Joey Zhou, presented a letter of commendation from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Matthew Moury to USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev. Mr. Moury – DOE’s Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety and Security – observes that the USTUR is the longest-running domestic radiation health study in the United States, highlights recent research, thanks the USTUR team for its dedication to the program, and expresses a deep sense of gratitude for Registrants and their families.
USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev, was reappointed as a technical adviser for the Kyushu Environmental Evaluation Association (KEEA), Japan. His two-year term runs from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2020.
Colleen Kerr (WSU Vice President for Government Relations and External Affairs, Chief Legislative Officer), Christopher Keane (WSU Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics), and Dan Nordquist (Associate Vice President, Office of Research Support and Operations) visited the USTUR. USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev, discussed the history and significance of the USTUR program, and provided a tour of the USTUR laboratory, which includes an autopsy room, a radiochemistry laboratory, an alpha spectrometry counting room, and a sample storage area.
Sergei Tolmachev and George Tabatadze gave a seminar presentation to Oregon State University students and faculty. Dr. Tolmachev discussed the USTUR research program as a whole. Dr. Tabatadze focused on the radiochemical protocols that the USTUR laboratory uses for actinide analysis, and provided results on the amount of plutonium in tissues from former nuclear workers.
The FY2017 USTUR Annual Report has been completed and is available for download. It summarizes organization, activities, and scientific accomplishments at the USTUR from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.