Third "Physics in Careers" talk by Dr. Richard Toohey (XU 68) on Monday, December 1, 2003
"Physics Can Be Good for Your Health" will be delivered Monday, 12/1 at 2:30 pm in Lindner Hall room 103
11/20/03Health Physics is the art and science of radiation protection. It is a fascinating interface of physics, engineering, biology, safety disciplines, and regulatory issues. Dick will discuss highlights of his career, including follow-up studies of radium dial workers from the 1920's, studies of the biokinetics of internally deposited radionuclides, assessment of indoor radon (Rn-222) exposures, radiopharmaceutical dosimetry, radiological emergency response and counter-terrorism training, and the current dose reconstruction project for NIOSH.
After graduating from Xavier in 1968, Dick Toohey received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. In 1973 he joined the Center for Human Radiobiology at Argonne National Laboratory as a staff scientist. In 1987 Dick transferred to the Environment, Safety and Health Division at Argonne as Health Physics Manager, where he was responsible for radiation safety at all Laboratory facilities. In 1993, Dick took a faculty position at Washington State University as Professor of Health Physics and Associate Director of the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries. Dick then took a position at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as Director of the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center. In 1998, he took on additional duties as senor health physicist for the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center /Training Site in Oak Ridge. Since September 2002, Dick has been Director of the ORAU Team Dose Reconstruction Project for NIOSH, a five-year, $75M project to reconstruct radiation doses received by workers in the nuclear weapons complex who have filed compensation claims for cancer. Dick has also served as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics, and was Chair of the Board's Part I examination panel. He has served the Health Physics Society as a Director, Secretary, and is currently Treasurer-elect. Dick has over 100 publications in the fields of radiation measurement and dosimetry, environmental radiation, dose assessment, and radiological emergency response.