USTUR faculty members were authors on five abstracts that were presented at the 56th Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL, June 26 – 30, 2011:
USTUR’s Stacey McCord gave an oral presentation titled “Distribution of Terminal Lung and Liver Dose Rates in United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries Registrants.”
Dr. Gary Kramer of Health Canada, Ottawa, gave an oral presentation titled, “Comparison of two leg phantoms containing Am-241 in bone.”
Three Idaho State University students – George Tabatadze, Maia Avtandilashvili, and Majid Khalaf – gave poster presentations on their PhD research. USTUR’s Dr. Anthony James is on each of these students’ doctoral committees and he is an author on their poster presentations.
Dr. Bastian Breustedt started a six-month sabbatical with the USTUR on February 21, 2011. Dr. Breustedt works for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany, and will be modeling the effects of chelating agents in two USTUR Registrant tissue donors.
Ms. Stacey McCord represented the USTUR at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the European Dosimetry Group (EURADOS), Prague, Czech Republic, February 7-9, 2011. Ms. McCord participated in the Working Group 7 (WG7) on “Internal Dosimetry” and attended the Winter School on “Radiation Protection for Medical Staff. Her presentation to WG7 titled, “Microdistribution and Long-Term Retention of 239Pu(NO3)4 in the Respiratory Tract: A progress report” can be downloaded from the following link.
The USTUR made the Tri-City Herald’s front page on Sunday, October 24 in an article titled, “Radiation Research: U.S. Transuranium, Uranium Registries in Richland provides clues to how radiation affects human body.”
Dr. Sergei Tolmachev was promoted from laboratory manager to USTUR director on October 1, 2010, following the retirement of 2005-10 director, Dr. Anthony James.
Dr. James will be retained as a part-time consultant. He will be available through ACJ & Associates to contribute his practical and theoretical internal dosimetry experience to the USTUR Research Center’s externally-funded, extramural research projects.
The Journal of Analytical Chemistry has web published a Research Profile highlighting the forthcoming USTUR/University of Technology, Sydney paper titled, “Elemental bio-imaging of thorium, uranium and plutonium in tissues from occupationally exposed former nuclear workers.” This paper has been ‘epublished’ ahead of print.
Dr. Sergei Tolmachev has been appointed to serve on the editorial board for the Japanese Journal of Health Physics (JJHP). He worked in Japan at the Japanese Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), Tokai-mura and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), Chiba before joining the College of Pharmacy faculty in January 2007.
USTUR Faculty conducted a 2½-day graduate student workshop in Richland (February 12-14) for three Ph.D. dissertation and two MS dissertation candidates from Idaho State University’s (ISU) Graduate Program in Health Physics. We identified three new collaborative research topics and progressed two ongoing studies.
Twenty-one delegates (science fiction writers) from the annual RadCon Convention held in Pasco toured the USTUR laboratory to learn about our research program (and ask lots of questions)! The laboratory tour (an annual event) was arranged by PNNL. USTUR was selected as this year’s representative of “Hanford Science.”