June 2014 Technical Society Programs

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June 2, 2014. Niek Schreuder, DABR, VP and Chief Medical Physicist, Provision Center for Proton Therapy, will speak on “The Technology of Proton Radiation Therapy.”

New technology in cancer treatment touches everyone since one in four deaths in the United States is caused by cancer.

There is a significant difference between standard (x-ray) radiation treatment and proton therapy. If given in sufficient doses, x-ray radiation techniques will control many cancers, but healthy tissues may receive a similar dose and can be damaged. Both standard x-ray therapy and proton beams work on the principle of selective cell destruction. As a result of protons’ dose-distribution characteristics, the radiation oncologist can increase the dose to a tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding normal tissues.
Niek Schreuder, M.Sc. DABR, vice president and chief medical physicist, is a board-certified medical physicist with significant experience in all aspects of proton beam radiotherapy.
Most recently, Schreuder served as chief medical physicist and senior vice president of medical physics and technology at ProCure Treatment Centers in Bloomington, Indiana. During his more than 22 years as a medical physicist, he has gained vast experience in project management, research and development and clinical training. He is considered one of the foremost medical physics pioneers in the world specializing in proton therapy.

June 9, 2014 Ken Barry, S&ME, “Stop That Silt”. Ken described a number of tools and strategies for reducing runoff of suspended particles.

June 16, 2014  Dr. Devon Burr, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will be the speaker. The title of her presentation will be “Titan – the Moon that would be a Planet“

Could people inhabit Titan? Should the space program concentrate resources on Titan?

Titan is the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.  The climate—including wind and rain—creates surface features similar to those of Earth, such as dunes, rivers, lakes, seas (probably of liquid methane and ethane), and deltas, and is dominated by seasonal weather patterns as on Earth.

Dr. Burr  does research in planetary science in the field of planetary geomorphology. She specializes in how fluid flow or fluid phase change may have moved sediments and otherwise shaped planetary surfaces and what those surface shapes can tell us about the geologic history of that body. She received her PhD. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a minor in planetary sciences.  She has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey , the Los Alamos National Laboratory and SETI.

June 23 EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge is a three-year competition that builds on the 19-year history of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advanced vehicle technology competitions by giving engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate leading-edge automotive technologies, with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact of personal transportation and illustrating pathways to a sustainable transportation future.

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June 30 Stefan Spanier,Associate Professor of Physics, leads UT’s CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) work. The High Energy Physics group at the University of Tennessee has been part of the hunt for the Higgs boson for the past six years, working with the international collaboration that built and maintains the Large Hadron Collider’s Compact Muon Solenoid detector, or CMS.

The Large Hadron Collider is an underground, 17-mile ring that straddles the French-Swiss border and accelerates protons to enormous energies in opposite directions. Every second, protons collide head-on more than 40 million times at particular locations surrounded by layers of particle detectors. The results of these collisions can be new particles or other phenomena. With multiple layers, the CMS detector can observe these remnants and track their signatures, providing scientists with data to piece together what happened at the heart of a collision.


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