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.
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). » More …
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.
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.
On November 18th, USTUR/College of Pharmacy PhD student, Sara Dumit, presented her dissertation proposal at a College of Pharmacy graduate research seminar and successfully passed her PhD preliminary examination. She is officially a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She will complete and defend her research by Fall of 2019.
USTUR/College of Pharmacy (COP) PhD student, Sara Dumit, will present her preliminary research findings at a COP Graduate Research Seminar in Spokane, WA.
The FY2016 USTUR Annual Report has been completed and is available for download. It summarizes organization, activities, and scientific accomplishments at the USTUR from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
The year 2018 will mark 50 years of actinide research at the USTUR. In honor of this upcoming milestone, and the Registries’ continued impact in the field of radiation protection, the USTUR has organized a one-day special session at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Spokane, WA.
The session, to be held on Tuesday July 18, will include presentations by USTUR staff as well as national and international collaborators. It will conclude with a roundtable discussion.
USTUR/College of Pharmacy PhD student, Sara Dumit, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society (CCHPS). Her application for this scholarship included a 1,000 word essay on “Health Physics as a Profession.”
George Tabatadze has been appointed as an advisory committee member for the WSU Tri-Cities Graduate Certificate Program in Radiation Protection. Last December, Dr. Tabatadze developed and taught a lecture and laboratory class for radiation instrumentation students, and he plans to continue offering his support to the program.