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ANS officials tour AFRRI's research reactor

Photo: D. Morse (AFRRI)

Stephen I. Miller, head of the AFRRI Radiation Sciences Department (right foreground), explains the operation of the Mark-F TRIGA research reactor to visitors from the American Nuclear Society, who toured the Institute on November 19 as part of their organization’s meeting in Washington, DC. Host for the tour was AFRRI Deputy Director COL Donald E. Hall (left foreground). G. David Ledney, PhD, a senior AFRRI research biologist (far left), briefed the group on applications of mixed-field radiation in dose determinations for mice irradiated in the research reactor.

Bethesda, Md., November 25, 2009—The Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) was presented the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Nuclear Historic Landmark Award at a November 17 ceremony recognizing the Institute as the United States’ primary source of medical nuclear and radiological research, preparedness, and training.

ANS Honors and Awards Committee Chair Robert C. Little presented the award to AFRRI Deputy Director COL Donald E. Hall at the Society’s luncheon in Washington, DC. The award recognizes sites or facilities that have been in operation for at least 20 years and where outstanding physical accomplishments were instrumental in the development and implementation of nuclear technology and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

"We are especially honored to have received this recognition from an organization made up of our peers," said Hall, in reflecting on the awards ceremony. The ANS is a nonprofit, international, scientific and educational organization that promotes the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology. Its membership encompasses some 11,000 engineers, scientists, administrators, and educators from more than 1,600 corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

A number of members attending the ANS meeting visited the Institute on November 19 and toured the facility including the Mark-F TRIGA research reactor, the cobalt-60 facility, and the cobalt-60 low-level irradiation facility, all licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They were briefed on AFRRI core research mission involving the prevention, assessment, and treatment of the effects of ionizing radiation as well as its medical training program and its emergency response to manage incidents related to radiation exposure.

The Institute is one of some 70 ANS-designated historic landmarks. Others include the Japan Research Reactor No. 3, Belgian Reactor 1, and the USS Nautilus, Groton, Connecticut.

The Society will present an inscribed plaque at a ceremony at the Institute at a time to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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