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USTUR Active at Scientific Meetings November 17, 2014
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USTUR faculty have participated in several scientific meetings during recent months.

Radiobioassay and Radiochemical Measurements Conference

Sergei Tolmachev and George Tabatadze attended the Radiobioassay and Radiochemical Measurements Conference in Knoxville, TN on October 27-31, 2014. This opportunity provided a valuable opportunity to network with other scientists in the field.

European Radiation Dosimetry Group

Sergei Tolmachev and Stacey McComish are active participants in a task group that is reviewing journal articles on the biodosimetry of internally deposited radionuclides. This work is conducted as a part of a joint effort between Working Group 7 (internal dosimetry) and Working Group 10 (retrospective dosimetry) of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS). Dr. Tolmachev and Ms. McComish attended the EURADOS plenary meeting in Warsaw, Poland on October 1-2, 2014. (read more)

Radiation Research Society Meeting

Sergei Tolmachev was invited to speak during the "Radiation Archives" session at the 2014 Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on September 21-24, 2014. His presentation focused on samples available at NHRTR from both USTUR donations as well as collections such as tissues from the terminated Radium Worker study at Argonne National Laboratory. (read more)

Annual Health Physics Society Meeting

Sergei Tolmachev and Maia Avtandilashvili attended the 59th Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Baltimore, MD on July 13-17, 2014. Dr. Avtandilashvili presented a case study of a worker who was exposed to plutonium as a result of a wound. She tested the NCRP wound model by modeling the worker's urinary excretion and organ retention using the Integrated Modules for Bioassay Analysis (IMBA) Professional Plus software. (read more)

New Hire George Tabatadze Joins the USTUR August 6, 2014
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George Tabatadze began work as a research associate in radiation measurements on August 1st. Dr. Tabatadze earned his Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 2012. His research was conducted using data from a USTUR registrant donation. As such, he is well acquainted with the mission and operation of the Registries. He is enthusiastic about joining the USTUR research team, and we look forward to working with him.

USTUR Director Adjunct Professor at Laval University May 7, 2014

The USTUR director, Dr. Sergei Tolmachev, was reappointed as an adjunct professor at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Tolmachev was first appointed as an adjunct professor in 2011, and his current term of appointment extends until June 2017.

Health Physics Society Meeting March 31, 2014
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USTUR faculty are authors on two abstracts that will be presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Baltimore, MD, July 13-17:

M. Avtandilashvili, S. L. McComish, S. Y. Tolmachev. USTUR Whole-Body Case 0212: Testing NCRP Wound Model.

R. L. Kathren, S. Y. Tolmachev. Uranium Distribution and Concentrations in the Tissues of Whole-Body Donations to the USTUR.

A third abstract will be present research based upon USTUR data:

J. Zhou. Incorrect Analyses of Radiation and Mesothelioma in the US Transuranium and Uranium Registries.

USTUR Faculty Attend Scientific Meetings October 22, 2013

In October, three scientific meetings were attended by USTUR faculty members.

European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS)

Stacey McComish gave a presentation on the biodosimetry of plutonium workers at a joint meeting between EURADOS Working Group 7 (internal dosimetry) and Working Group 10 (retrospective dosimetry). She also attended the plenary meeting of EURADOS WG7, Bologna, Italy, October 1-3, 2013. (read more)

Health Effects of Incorporated Radionuclides (HEIR)

Maia Avtandilashvili gave a podium presentation describing her research on the deposition and retention of UF6 in a USTUR Registrant. She also presented a poster that summarized a study that will use Bayesian analysis to determine equivalent lung doses for each deceased USTUR Registrant. The HEIR conference was held in Berkeley, CA, October 13-17, 2013. (read more)

International Symposium on Radiation Protection (ICRP)

Sergei Tolmachev attended ICRP 2013: the 2nd International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, Abu Dhabi, October 22-24, 2013.

Graduate Student Project April 3, 2013
In March, Becky Phillips, WSU Graduate College of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, performed a 45-hour clinical research project at the USTUR as a part of her Master's Degree program. Ms. Phillips assisted during the dissection of a plutonium worker's lung into ICRP 66's three thoracic compartments (BB, bb, and AI).
Health Physics Society Meeting July 26, 2012
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USTUR faculty were authors on three presentations at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS) in Sacramento, CA, July 22-26, 2012. The presentations were given by Maia Avtandilashvili (USTUR, photo at right), Sergei Tolmachev (USTUR), and Majid Khalaf (ISU).

>>Abstracts and presentation links

Russian Scientist Visits July 20, 2012

Ms. Elena Burikova, the Head of the Radiochemistry Group at the Southern Urals Biophysics Institute (SUBI) in Ozyorsk, Russia, spent five days at the USTUR in July 2012. SUBI studies the effects of radiation in workers from the first Russian nuclear facility ... read more

Pictured at left: USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev, and Ms. Burikova at the USTUR office.

New Hires March 15, 2012
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The USTUR is excited to welcome two new faces to the USTUR team, Maia Avtandilashvili and Elizabeth Thomas. Dr. Avtandilashvili (left) is a health physicist who joined the USTUR on January 22. Ms. Thomas (right) is a laboratory technician who began working with the USTUR on March 1, 2012.

Dr. Avtandilashvili Ms. Thomas
2006 - 2011 News
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