USTUR director, Anthony James was appointed to serve on the Editorial Board and Scientific Committee of the International Journal of Low Radiation (IJLR).
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.”
The USTUR Director was the Landauer Memorial Lecturer at the 54th Annual Health Physics Society Meeting, 12-16 July 2009, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Stacey McCord gave a podium presentation on the new USTUR Pathology database and Sergei Tolmachev presented a poster titled, “Elemental Bio-imaging of Actinides and Beryllium in Lymph Nodes of Former Nuclear Workers.”
Idaho State University students, George Tabatadze, Nino Chelidze, Dan Mecham, and Maia Avtandilashvili also presented their research at the meeting.
USTUR director, Tony James, has been formally appointed as an Associate Member of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS). His specific association is with Working Group 7 (WG 7) on “Internal Dosimetry.”
This appointment followed from April’s Special Meeting of EURADOS WG 7, Karlsruhe, Germany. The meeting was organized to discuss EURADOS and USTUR’s mutual interests in scientific collaboration on the analysis and interpretation of USTUR case studies.
In January, the 2008 Newsletter (Issue No. 15) was mailed to current (living) USTUR Registrants and the next-of-kin of deceased donors who wish to continue receiving news of USTUR’s progress.
George Tabatadze, M.S., a Ph.D. candidate in the Idaho State University (ISU)/USTUR Internal Dosimetry Research Group, with the help of medical physicists at the Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, ID, has successfully created 3-dimensional voxel images of the regions of interest in the DOE Case 0102 241Am head phantom. He used the complete set of contiguous 2-dimensional CT-scan slice (Dicom) images published on the USTUR web site.
USTUR staff conducted a workshop at Idaho State University (ISU), July 7-9, 2008, and attended the presentations and successful defenses of Naz Fallahian’s doctoral dissertation and Liesl Germann’s master’s thesis.
Sergei Tolmachev and Stacey McCord attended the 53rd Annual Health Physics Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, July 13-17, 2008, where Ms. McCord gave an podium presentation on upgrading the internal USTUR health physics database. ISU students, Naz Fallahian, George Tabatadze, and Liesl Germann also presented their research at the meeting.